Interim Chief Executive for Auckland Transport

General News | 08/20/2010

The Interim Chief Executive of Auckland Transport is to be Dr David Warburton, the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA) announced today.

Dr Warburton, 60, has extensive senior management experience and is currently the chief executive for Australia and New Zealand of infrastructure and consulting company CPG, part of Downer EDI.

He will take up the role in September for a fixed term until 30 June 2012 and will live in Auckland.

Dr Warburton is the former chief executive of Wanganui District Council and serves on both Whanganui and Mid-Central district health boards. He has a PhD in environmental engineering from Massey University.

Dr Warburton said: "Transport is the number one issue faced by many Aucklanders and I’m looking forward to leading the team at Auckland Transport as it plays its part in making Auckland greater."

ATA Executive Chairman Mark Ford described Dr Warburton as "an outstanding candidate for the role".

Mr Ford said: "His background includes significant infrastructure leadership and he is experienced in working collaboratively with local government and other stakeholders. His experience will be invaluable to the new organisation as it delivers results for the people of Auckland."

A former Auckland resident, Dr Warburton said: "I’m looking forward to returning to Auckland after being away for nine years. This is an exciting time for the city and I welcome the opportunity we have to address Auckland’s transport challenges."