Infrastructure New Zealand Board Members

Tracey Ryan (Chair)

Aurecon

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Tracey Ryan is Managing Director, New Zealand for design, engineering & advisory company Aurecon, and is responsible for the leadership and performance of approximately 1,200 people across five locations.  This includes health, safety & wellbeing, client engagement, staff engagement and project, financial and operational performance to meet Aurecon’s strategic and operational business goals for New Zealand.   She is a Director of Aurecon NZ Limited and is part of Aurecon’s Group Top Leadership team, the L50. 

Her career to date has been focused on business growth, leading enterprise-wide multi-disciplinary teams and creating inclusive and engaged cultures. She has held senior leadership roles and directorships in several global professional services companies and has strong Aotearoa New Zealand, Australian, and global networks gained from professional services experience throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Pacific Rim, China and the US.

Tracey is Chair for Infrastructure New Zealand, Co-Chair to The Construction Sector Accord’s Steering Group, and Chair of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Sustainable Development Committee.  

Tracey’s technical STEM background and 28 years international professional services experience makes her incredibly passionate about getting more young women and girls to choose STEM careers.   

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Fraser Wyllie

McConnell Dowell

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Fraser is the Managing Director of McConnell Dowell’s New Zealand and Pacific business. With more than 30 years experience in the construction industry in New Zealand and overseas, most recently as General Manager Projects at Downer, he has broad experience in infrastructure construction and, and a strong track record of overseeing both quality project execution and sustained commercial growth. Fraser has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Master of Business Administration from Massey University.  His career in the engineering and construction sector has spanned New Zealand, UK, South East Asia and the Pacific.

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Natalie McClew

PwC

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Natalie is a Partner in the Infrastructure and Merger and Acquisitions team’s at PwC and offers a broad range of advice and transactional experience, with a focus on infrastructure and complex situations.

With over 15 years of corporate finance, banking and advisory experience, Natalie brings an extensive expertise in advising both Crown and private-sector clients. Natalie has a deep understanding of the challenges faced in the infrastructure sector in NZ, particularly on pathfinder transactions. Natalie also has strong international experience in restructuring, turnaround, and structured financing across the leveraged, M&A and project finance spectrum

Natalie sits on a number of project advisory boards and is a founding member of the Women in Infrastructure NZ Advisory Board.

In her spare time, Natalie can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family and golden retriever.

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Rhys Clark

Tonkin + Taylor

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I am a strategically and commercially minded CFO with over 15 years’ experience operating at this level. I have in-depth experience across the Banking, Funds Management, Insurance, Infrastructure and Telecommunication industries. My work has seen me develop a deep understanding of the importance of resilience and sustainability in terms of building strong, connected communities, as well as robust local and national economies. I am experienced in leadership of all key finance disciplines and am well versed in developing and maintaining effective working relationships at Board level. My roles have extended across business change, mergers and acquisitions and taking the lead role in strategy development and execution.

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Graham Mitchell

Crown Infrastructure Partners

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In Graham’s current role as CEO of Crown Infrastructure, he is responsible for delivery of the successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout, the continuation of various telecommunication infrastructure initiatives, oversight, and delivery of the COVID-19 $3b Shovel Ready Infrastructure, the Three Waters Reform Infrastructure funding of local Government and Infrastructure Funding and Financing of local government infrastructure programmes.

Graham has a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure sector, the importance of infrastructure in adding economic value, infrastructure delivery, contracting and financing, and a solid grasp of risks and engineering concepts across the key infrastructure sectors. He has worked with Government over 10 years on infrastructure initiatives gaining insights into central Government drivers.

Having operated the Australian and United States, Graham also brings an international perspective and is focused on delivering infrastructure that benefits New Zealanders now and into the future.

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Katrina Van Houtte

Dentons

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Katrina is a Partner in Dentons’ Construction and Major Projects team and advises clients across the wider infrastructure sector. Before that she was one of Fletcher Building’s senior legal counsel, where she advised all Fletcher Construction business units and was closely involved in supporting the Building and Interiors business through significant challenges, including sitting on its Senior Leadership Team during the recovery phase. She was a member of the project governance teams for some of Fletcher Building’s most significant projects.

Katrina is a leader in the infrastructure and legal communities, having worked as an inhouse lawyer and external adviser on some of the most challenging projects in the sector. She has a deep understanding of the whole industry and what drives good outcomes on projects, as well as insight into the structural problems in the way major projects are procured in NZ. She believes those problems are holding NZ back from delivering world class infrastructure. She enjoys engaging in thought leadership about contentious issues, such as the role of the Engineer to the Contract and provisions in NZS3910 that need improvement.

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Susan Lucking

BNZ

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Susan leads BNZ’s Infrastructure, Energy, Utilities and Government sector strategies and relationship banking teams for BNZ’s largest clients in these sectors, and also leads BNZ’s Project Finance team that specialises in infrastructure, renewable energy and social & urban housing development. She has 14+ years of banking experience across various sectors, including Project Finance, Corporate Finance and Property Finance.

With a background in project financing of PPP’s and other infrastructure and renewable energy projects, Susan is passionate about Infrastructure and what it can deliver for NZ; enabling economic growth, increased productivity and wellbeing, and climate change mitigation. Susan also has a strong appreciation for the significant challenges that need to be overcome to enable the growth and address infrastructure resilience for future generations.

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Alayna Rā

WSP

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Alayna is of Ngāi Tahu (Tūāhuriri), Ngāti Mamoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou (Tūtekawa) and Ngāti Pākehā whakapapa.

Alayna has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities locally and internationally, with her work focusing on social justice and equitable city making. She also sits on a number of boards and panels as an Indigenous design advisory specialist. Alayna has held Director and executive level leadership roles in multi-national design firms and government agencies. Her sector experience extends across education, health, corrections, infrastructure, housing, commercial, environmental and placemaking.

With a focus on Indigenous mana motuhake, or the rights for first peoples to self-determine, she works with a diverse range of clients and consultants to translate values into tangible processes and outcomes. She believes that even the most engineered infrastructure solutions can shape a more equitable society, provide social and economic uplift, tell the story and whakapapa of our nation and achieve broader outcomes for Aotearoa.

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Ben Hayward

Fulton Hogan Ltd

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Ben is Chief Executive of Fulton Hogan New Zealand, with over 15 years’ experience in working across the infrastructure sector, including design, materials supply, major project construction, and general management of associated multi-disciplinary civil contracting and asset management businesses, in both New Zealand and Australia.

Ben is passionate about infrastructure policy that generates a healthy and sustainable industry to deliver New Zealand’s future needs. In particular, a clear infrastructure strategy with certainty of the project pipeline, development of the skills and human capital to complete complex works and effective procurement.

He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ben holds directorships with Stevenson Aggregates Ltd, Stevenson Concrete Ltd and Fulton Hogan EGIS O&M Ltd. Ben is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury and sits on a number of New Zealand infrastructure projects’ governance boards.

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Fraser Robertson

RCP

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Fraser Robertson has spent more than two decades transforming landscapes in Aotearoa. His expertise encompasses complex public and private projects in the UK, Asia, and New Zealand.

As a long-standing member of Infrastructure New Zealand with deep knowledge of the infrastructure investment cycle, Fraser’s work exemplifies the organisation’s mission. He has long advocated for bipartisan long-term investment, aiming to decouple politics from decision-making and prioritise smart investment and efficient delivery.

In his role as RCP Infrastructure Director, Fraser applies his strategic and technical experience to shape delivery frameworks and create long-term solutions for clients. He is passionate about shifting the industry towards truly sustainable development – balancing economic, social and environmental outcomes.
Fraser is a well-respected sector contributor with experience and relationships that span the country and the full spectrum of stakeholders including local and central government, NGOs, private developers and contractors.

With his strategic focus, analytical approach, and people-centric leadership, Fraser’s commitment to advancing Infrastructure New Zealand’s mission makes him an exceptional candidate who will bring a truly independent and strategic perspective to helping shape the future of the industry.

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Liam Hodgetts

Wellington City Council

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Liam has over 26 years experience in Local Government and 18 years in senior and executive roles in Australia and New Zealand. A large part of his career has been spent in planning for growth, including the planning, funding and delivery of transport and social infrastructure. Liam has executive experience in corporate planning and governance, communications, economic development and business transformation.

Liam has past board experience with, ‘East Taranaki Environment Collective’ (previously Experince Purangi) and is a current member of the National Transition Units 3 Waters Growth Steering Group and member of the Development Advisory Board ‘Kawe Pukenga’ for the Parihaka Papakainga Trust.

Liam hopes to bring local government experience and deep insights to the board from a strategic and operational level, particularly into the current legislative reform environment (RMA, 3 Waters and Local Government) and how those reforms might impact local government infrastructure funding and provision.

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Stacey Millar

Hynds

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Stacey has held executive responsibility for strategy at the Hynds Group for the past five years. Her remit touches on market positioning and performance, business transformation and strategic investments. Stacey came to this role from a background in major civils projects with engineering experience in tendering, design and construction having worked for several NZ constructors.

Stacey also served as the Auckland WIN Chapter Chair prior to then joining the INZ Diversity Advisory Board in 2022, leaving her well-placed to connect the Board with opportunities to develop the both the WIN and TIC Networks.

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