FUTURE OUTLOOK | Strategic vision for rail in Auckland

30 Nov 2023Transport
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FUTURE OUTLOOK | Strategic vision for rail in Auckland

FUTURE OUTLOOK | Strategic vision for rail in Auckland

30 Nov 2023Transport
About the speakers
  • Gwyneth MacLeod
    Gwyneth MacLeod
    Head of Network Strategy and Investment at KiwiRail
    Gwyneth has spent more than 25 years working in transport infrastructure, principally across the UK and Europe. Her experience includes commercial strategy, government policy, competition and economic regulatory fields in a high profile and high impact sector that influences key outcomes for national economies. Before joining KiwiRail, her roles have included Director in PwC’s Deals team in the UK working globally on infrastructure transactions and value enhancement, and as strategy consultant with Booz&Co/Strategy&.
  • David Gordon
    David Gordon
    Chief Capital Planning and Asset Development Officer at KiwiRail
    David joined KiwiRail in 2007 and has held a variety of project, property, RMA and operational portfolios. His current role is overseeing KiwiRail’s strategic capital projects.
  • Christian Messelyn
    Christian Messelyn
    Group Manager Public Transport Development at Auckland Transport
    Christian Messelyn joined Auckland Transport in January 2019 after an international and global career in rail and public transport in France, United States and Australia. Christian led the public private partnership in Reims from 2006 to 2011, running the public transport services on behalf of the local transport authority and delivering a brand new 12-km light rail line. After rejoining Alstom in 2011, Christian led the central marketing and strategy function for the Infrastructure & Systems division across all regions. In 2016, he joined the John Holland Group in Sydney as GM Rail Operations. Since joining Auckland Transport, Christian has led the Public Transport Development group, looking after the expansion of the rolling stock fleet, the integration of projects delivered by KiwiRail and City Rail Link limited and the development of public transport project services across the Auckland Region.
  • Aaron Rodrigues
    Aaron Rodrigues
    Principal Transport Planner at Auckland Transport
    Aaron is an experienced transport professional with a proven track record in leading and delivering strategic projects and programmes within the Urban Mobility and Public Transport sectors. Within the capacity of his current role as a Principal within Auckland Transport’s Strategic Projects – Planning and Investment division, Aaron leads the development of the Auckland Rail Programme Business Case. This cross-agency investment programme brings together multiple client organisations, customers, funding partners and consulting teams in delivering a multi-billion-dollar 30-year investment programme for Auckland’s future Heavy Rail network. This work has included building and fostering close collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in facilitating robust, evidence-based investment decisions towards delivering on the long-term strategic priorities and outcomes for Auckland. Aaron graduated with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and completed his post graduate studies in Transport and Business Management from Imperial College London.

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