I was born in Auckland. After qualifying as a civil engineer, I did post-graduate studies in the UK and worked in the US and Australia. Since then I have lived in Wellington, for nearly 50 years.
I had a varied career, working for the NZ Wool Board and then for two years in the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group advising on transport, energy, communications and the environment. I was CEO of the association representing waterfront employers and then as planning manager of Transit NZ, now the NZ Transport Agency. I completed my career in India on a World Bank assignment. In my retirement, I retain my connection with the ports and shipping industries as Chairman of Trustees of the Maritime Retirement Scheme.
I have been a Rotarian for five years, and value the fellowship and being part of a service club.
I have been married to Hilary for nearly 30 years after my first wife died. We have five children between us, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson. My retirement interests are bowls, bridge and occasional writing. I attend Khandallah Presbyterian Church with Hilary.
Description automatically generatedI was born and raised in Wakefield, Yorkshire. I was educated at Queen Elizabeth (the First!) Grammar School in Wakefield, went on to study electrical and civil engineering qualifying as a Chartered Civil Engineer.
I was engaged in major road design and construction and traffic engineering with West Riding County Council and Leeds City Council, before moving with my family to Wellington in 1982 having been recruited by the City Council.
I have held a number of positions in the Council including managing the transportation and traffic department, with responsibility for traffic management, road safety engineering and education, parking, transport strategy, policy and planning. I am currently working part-time as Chief Transport Advisor. I am a life member of the NZ Traffic Institute.
I joined Wellington North Rotary in February 2010 and was introduced by the late city councillor Ken Boyden. I was Community Services Committee Director in 2010/11 and have been Secretary since 2011. Other interests include bowling and I am a keen member of Karori Bowling club having been President for 3 years.
I am married to Sylvia and live in Karori. We have three sons-one in Dublin, one in Dubai and one in Auckland. We have four grandchildren.