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Sir Brian Roche

Sir Brian was the Chief Executive, New Zealand Post until April 2017.

He was previously chairman of the New Zealand Transport Agency Board during development of the Waterview Connection project. He is also a former chairman of the NZ Rugby Union and the Project Manager for the successful bid to secure the hosting rights to Rugby World Cup 2011.

During a 20-year tenure with PWC in Wellington where he was a senior partner, he undertook a range of top management roles on contract to the public sector, including education, housing, transport and Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Brian has a strong commercial bent and is also is someone who cares about people.

A Hawkes Bay born accountant, he has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University) and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA).

INVESTITURE: On 23 May 2017, Sir Brian was knighted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy for services to the State and to business


Russell Black is a consultant who is a Civil Engineer by training, and has significant experience in senior management of large transport infrastructure companies and project managing large infrastructure projects, such as the London Underground’s Jubilee Line extension.

Brian Harrison is a lawyer who specialises in infrastructure funding, procurement, PPPs and contracts. Some of the projects that he has been involved in include: acting for project finance lenders to the Arlanda express rail link, Stockholm; negotiation and delivery of the private finance portion of the funding for the construction of the Jubilee Line, London; adviser to the Strategic Rail Authority (UK) on the capitalisation and debt structuring of rail infrastructure assets.

Karen Jordan immigrated to New Zealand in late 2015 from the UK where her last role was with the Ministry of Defence as Director Contract Management, where she was responsible for improving capability across a multi-billion pound procurement and investment programme. Prior to that, she spent the majority of her career in British Gas or National Grid Plc. 

Anne Urlwin is a Wanaka-based professional director, chartered accountant and business consultant with a wide range of directorship experience. Ms Urlwin is currently the Chair of Naylor Love Enterprises (to step down in October), a director of Chorus, Southern Response Earthquake Services, OnePath Life, Steel & Tube Holdings and Summerset Group Holdings.  She has experience of both central and local government and has served on numerous Crown boards and two local government CCOs.

24 November 2017

CRLL Board Chair Update

The CRLL board chairman Sir Brian Roche updated Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee on the CRL project. His presentation includes some of the latest construction and design images.

View online or download the presentation here.