2014 NZTA/NZIHT 15th Annual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Superintendent Carey Griffiths – National Manager: Road Policing  – NZ Police

Superintendent Carey Griffiths has been the National Manager: Road Policing for New Zealand Police since October 2012.  In his almost 29 years of service with Police, Superintendent Griffiths has held national level roles including Operations Manager for the Police Prosecution Service, Acting National Manager:  Community Policing and National Operations Manager for Road Policing.  Superintendent Griffiths has had over 10 years in the road safety environment, and has held district level roles as Road Policing Manager for Otago/Southland, and Officer in Charge of the Southern District Highway Patrol.

As National Manager: Road Policing, Superintendent Griffiths is responsible for Police’s overall strategic delivery of on-road enforcement, and has line control of the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit, Police Infringement Bureau, Police Calibration Unit and Road Policing Support Group.  As a keen motorcyclist, he spends as much of his free time as possible riding and maintaining machines for friends.

Jason Russell – Assistant Director – Surrey County Council

Jason joined Surrey County Council in November 2007 as Contract Manager. In September 2009 he was appointed as Head of Surrey Highways, and lead the service through an extensive period of change, including an organisational restructure, and establishing new contractual arrangements. In October 2013 Jason was appointed to the role of Assistant Director for Highways and Transportation at Surrey.

In addition to his responsibilities in Surrey, Jason also leads the South East 7 highways alliance, and has been involved in a number of Government improvement programmes, including the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme, the Government Construction Strategy, and Infrastructure UK.


John Dengate – Director – Twyfords

John is a Director with Twyfords specialising in Collaborative Governance and designing, facilitating and evaluating collaborative processes around complex multi- stakeholder social and technical challenges.

John believes in people- that we all have huge amounts of discretionary energy and expertise we are capable of releasing- he engenders an environment to apply that energy and knowledge to the “wicked problems” we face in our social and technical arenas.

With a particular interest in respectfully putting all the cards on the table, John invests in respectful and innovative collaborative approaches that build trust and relationships as a key foundation for creative solutions. He has applied that to a broad range of projects, including those with a health and social planning emphasis.  He has presented papers at numerous domestic and international conferences.

In 2007 John, along with his colleagues, published his first book titled “Beyond Public Meetings: Connecting Community Engagement with Decision-Making” and most recently, in June 2012, published their second book “The Power of Co: The Smart Leaders’ Guide to Collaborative Governance.”

Over the past five years John has been working a great deal in the infrastructure and mining sectors, particularly in relation to engaging with diverse stakeholders in tackling vexed and polarising issues. More recently, John has been focusing on the collective impact approach to complex social issues, and building capacity of organisations to effectively engage their partners, consumers and communities.

During 2013 John along with colleague Max Hardy, provided strategic advice, process design and facilitation on the development of The Queensland Plan. This is acknowledged as an unprecedented large scale effort involving citizens and a diverse range of stakeholders in developing ownership and taking accountability for making the future happen together.