2015 NZ Transport Agency/NZIHT 16th Annual Conference

Keynote Speakers


Tommy Parker

Tommy has been with the Transport Agency for six years and was with Transit NZ for four years prior to that. He has held various roles including Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland. He has a BA (Hons) Degree in Urban Planning and a Diploma in Urban Planning Implementation from the University of Westminster,and a MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering from the University of Salford. Tommy has been involved in the planning and delivery of many of the large Auckland projects of recent years, including the Victoria Park Tunnel, Newmarket Viaduct and the Waterview Connection. He also led the establishment of the Auckland Transport Operation Centre – a joint venture between NZTA and Auckland Transport. Tommy has over 20 years’ experience in transport planning in both the public sector and private consultancy.


William Paterson

Bill Paterson is an independent adviser on transport infrastructure and institutional issues. Most of his career has been overseas as an adviser with the World Bank on transport sector investment programs and on governance and integrity programs in a wide range of developing countries. Since returning to NZ several years ago, he has been assisting Indonesia overhaul its road sector policy and long-term planning, advising on donor-funded infrastructure programs in the Pacific, and supporting transparency initiatives in the international construction sector and the recent National Integrity System review in New Zealand with Transparency International. After early doctoral research on accelerated road testing at the University of Canterbury, his accomplishments have included co-authoring the international highway economic model HDM, and a wide range of international publications on road management, development projects and integrity systems.


Neil Cook

Neil Cook is Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Roads Authority. He is a Civil & Environmental Engineer with extensive experience in public infrastructure planning and operations. Before moving to Fiji in 2013 to take up the challenge of rebuilding the country’s road network and road maintenance industry, he was Engineering Manager for Wairoa District Council, a rural local authority with many similar issues to what Fiji currently faces. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and a past-President of INGENIUM – The Association of Local Government Engineering New Zealand. In addition to his CEO role with Fiji Roads Authority, Neil is also a Director of Ports Terminal Limited, a Public Private Partnership between the Government of Fiji and International Ports Management company, Aitken Spence.


Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams is a civil engineer with more than 30 years experience in the engineering and construction sector. After graduating with a BE from Auckland University, he spent 15 years working for a major civil construction contractor, involved in projects throughout New Zealand and through the Pacific Islands. He then spent 10 years with Watercare Services in Auckland where he was responsible for asset management, capital procurement and general management. During this time he was responsible for the consenting and delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the $500m upgrade of the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant and the new water supply to Auckland from the Waikato River. Derrick has been the CEO of HEB Construction for the last 8 years during which time they have completed projects such as the Hobsonville motorway, Kopu Bridge, Papakura Interchange and Greville Road and are currently working on the Mangere BNR, Cambridge Bypass, Huntly Bypass, Transmission Gully, Cashin Quay 2 and Ferrymead Bridge, just to name a few. He is a past member of the Executive Council of Roading New Zealand and is the Past President of IPENZ.