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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Sean Myers

Head of Rail and Transit
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Sean leads rail and transit infrastructure projects in the Australian and New Zealand market.

He is an industry leader in strategic planning for urban networks, including option selection and feasibility assessment for new corridors. 
Sean has advised clients on capacity enhancement assessments for existing networks and step-change asset management programs. He has led numerous multi-disciplinary projects in New Zealand such as City Rail Link, Papakura to Pukekohe and Wiri to Quay Park business cases.

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Director Transport – New Zealand

Peter Wiles

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As a member of the New Zealand Leadership Team, Peter is responsible for WSP New Zealand’s transportation sector service delivery, comprising over 1,000 people across 40 offices, and ensuring WSP delivers on our promises to clients.

The portfolio includes a diverse range of project types – including alliances, collaborative sub-consultant arrangements, design and construction, early contractor involvement, network outcome contracts, structures management contracts and traditional measure and value contracts.

This range of experience provides Peter with an understanding of the pros and cons of each procurement model and how best to harness the opportunities presented by each.
Peter brings both governance and leadership experience, gained from his membership of Alliance Boards, Management Teams for Northern and Southern Corridor Improvements, Te Ahu a Turanga, and the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. He has also provided internal governance roles for City Rail Link, Te Ahu a Turanga, Mt Messenger and NCTIR.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Theunis van Schalkwyk

Technical Director, Transport
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Theunis has experience in the planning and development of large and complex infrastructure projects gained by working in both public and private sector organisations.

This includes experience in the development of numerous strategic and indicative business cases as well as communicating and discussing their findings with governing boards, council committees, elected representatives and funding agencies for investment decisions. 

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Pou Whanake - Technical Director Māori

Kumeroa Pihama

Te Atiawa, Ngaati Mahanga, Ngaati Maru, Waikato-Tainui
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Kumeroa has benefitted from a full-immersion Maori education, being surrounded by the culture in every facet of his life.

He relishes proactive, challenging and forward-thinking roles, drawing on his experiences in the finance industry and his personal relationships.

Kumeroa offers exceptional leadership, communication and customer relationship management skills, including building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and developing collaborative initiatives.

He is adept in assessing risk and providing mitigating factors or alternative approaches. Kumeroa has extensive portfolio and customer relationship management experience. Since joining WSP he has lead Iwi engagement on multiple projects and continues to do so. He is the manages the social and commercial relationships between WSP and Waikato Iwi.

Key skills include: Iwi engagement, facilitation, risk assessment, economics, communication in Te Reo and English and knowledge of tikanga Maori protocols.

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Kaitohutohi Paetahi Whakapā, Advisor Māori & Communications

Sarai McKay

Tainui-Waikato, Ngāti Rongomaiwāhine, Ngati Porou
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Sarai is a graduate from the University of Auckland. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and English. Sarai is guided and strengthened by a rich heritage. Her unique sense of self informs the values by which her personal and professional life are built.

Sarai is passionate about Māori development, and in 2019 she co-founded a business focused on encouraging and strengthening Te Ao Māori within the corporate climate. Sarai continues this mahi through internal and project side Māori Advisory and strategic development for WSP where the key objective is to integrate Te Ao Māori values authentically and meaningfully. She has also been involved in the development of the WSP Rauktai Māori and Transport Rautaki Māori.

Sarai has gained experience in Iwi Engagement and brings her strong communication skills to client, Iwi and other stakeholder relationship management.

Sarai’s technical skills include: Iwi engagement, Communication skills in both Te Reo and English, Knowledge of tikanga Maori (protocols), Project co-ordination, Community engagement , Project planning

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Senior Community Engagement Specialist

Gemma Greenshields

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Gemma brings extensive knowledge in stakeholder and community engagement.

Gemma thrived working on one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Zealand’s history with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team where she developed efficient processes and a range of techniques for effective engagement. Her work on the Queenstown Transportation Business Cases and Accessible City projects show her ability to collaboratively on large scale multi-agency projects in complex urban environments.

Gemma has experience in writing robust co-designed engagement plans and implementing them. Through her work with the community Gemma has proven methods of diffusing conflict, building rapport and developing trusted relationships. Gemma has 11 years’ experience in community engagement on a wide range of projects.

Gemma’s technical skills include: Community Engagement, Co-designing engagement plans, Stakeholder Engagement, District and Regional Plan Assessment and Assessment of Environmental Effects

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Jack Jiang

Principal Advisor - Transport Planning
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Jack works at the intersection of urban design and transport planning.

Coming from a career in urban design and transition into the transport sector, he sees the value of urban design thinking can have in transport planning outcomes for rapid transit systems like light rail and metro.

Jack's technical background is in walking and cycling planning and design. He led the walking and cycling design for Auckland Eastern Busway 2 & 3 project, Support Growth Alliance amongst other transport projects. He particularly focused on integrating walking and cycling into the public transport planning and design, where the first mile and last-mile journeys take place.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, Australia

Scott Ney

Client Director NSW/ACT, Australia
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Scott leads WSP for the Advisory and Transport Group.

Overseeing 130 staff nationally in Australia, Scott is responsible for the overall performance of the group, including project delivery, financial performance, and client satisfaction.

A seasoned professional with a globally diverse 25-year background in the industry, he has served in senior leadership and project management capacities on a variety of design projects and studies worldwide. His global transit experience includes senior roles on projects in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Asia.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, New Zealand

Angus Gabara

Principal - Rail and Transit Advisory
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Angus has 20 years of experience with passenger rail and local government in Auckland and Wellington, and has led the delivery of over $1.6 billion of award-winning rolling stock and infrastructure projects.

He also built and led the team that successfully tendered and awarded the 15-year performance-based metro rail operations contract and set the strategic direction and platform for the quality and growth of metro rail in Wellington - delivering record levels of patronage growth and customer satisfaction.

Angus was the instigator of significant change in the NZ metro rail industry including contract model change and the transfer of infrastructure assets to regional authorities. The depth and variety of change Angus has led have made him a confident Project Director with an aptitude for putting together the right team and driving milestones.

Angus most enjoys working with stakeholders to deliver complex programmes of legacy infrastructure and enduring change, all the while juggling the expectations of the public sector with the commercial drivers of the private sector.

He confidently communicates with council, board, community, media and conference audiences and is passionate about continuous improvement of customer and stakeholder relationships.

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Team Leader - Landscape Architecture & Urban Design

Courtenay Northcott

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Courtenay has over 8 years-experience in the private consultancy sector in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

Courtenay has experience in a wide range of projects from conceptual design through to a range of planning applications, detailed design and tendering, through to construction documentation and on site supervision, for the delivery of: public spaces; station plazas; streetscapes, SuDS, cycle infrastructure; future mobility and transport; infrastructure design; arboriculture; mixed use/residential and masterplanned developments.

Recently Courtenay has been developing the future streets formula and narrative in conjunction with the WSP Future Mobility Team in the UK. She now works closely with the Transport Planning team in New Zealand on future mobility. Placemaking and Future Ready are a passion of Courtenay’s and she strives to design cities and communities that are places for people.

Courtenay’s technical skills include: Landscape and Urban Design, Transport and Future Mobility Strategies, Water sensitive design, Placemaking, T.O.Ds, Streetscape Design, Cycle Infrastructure, Rail/tube station design

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Service Line Leader - Rail Systems Engineering

John Welford

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John is a Chartered Engineer with experience in the Rail and Transit, Defence and Automotive industries on a wide range of different programmes.

His technical knowledge includes requirements management, system architecting, interface management, verification and validation, multi-domain modelling, simulation, performance assessment, mechatronic design, control system design, interactive visualisation and software development.

John has considerable expertise in IBM DOORS NG, Microsoft Visio, Enterprise Architect and Matlab/Simulink, alongside a working knowledge of detailed Systems Engineering Modelling Languages (e.g. SysML). John has produced architectures, databases and models for many different systems, including light, heavy and high-speed rail. He has authored numerous technical reports and publications, and presented technical work to audiences ranging from primary school children through to international conferences of world experts.

John has experience in working as part of, and leading, a team to meet difficult technical targets within tight timescales. He encourages and supports the technical development of other engineers, both within the company and externally, through mentoring and coaching, promotes engineering to wider society through work with local schools, and drives innovation within the business and his professional institutions.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, UK

Chris Reid

Technical Director
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Chris leads WSP’s team of project managers, engineering managers and engineers in the Rail Stations team in Scotland and North of England.
He is responsible for winning and delivering Projects as well as the growth and development of the team.

Chris is a Fellow and Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in Interface Management and management of Stakeholders.
He has worked in Design Management, Integration Management, Project Management, Design Construction Support, Design Assurance and Design Team Leader Roles for WSP.

Prior to joining WSP Chris was the Design Manager for the £740M Edinburgh Tram Scheme and had intimate knowledge of all elements of the design and construction, supporting the client and the contractor. He has extensive Light Rail experience through projects both nationally and internationally, having been part of teams in Qatar, Denmark and Israel as well as the UK.

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Major Projects Director

Darrell Oosterbeek

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Darrell is a Project Manager and Design Manager with experience in design and construction management through all project lifecycle phases. Darrell has experience in a wide range of engineering projects including transportation infrastructure, power, bridges and buildings.

He has considerable experience in design and project management for major projects, providing coordination of specialist disciplines and interfacing with construction teams and stakeholder to develop methodology.

He is a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Chartered Professional Engineer in the Geotechnical and Civil fields.

Presently, Darrell sits as the Design Manager for the City Rail Link North Auckland Line.

Darrell’s technical skills include: Geotechnical design, Soil-structure interaction, Foundation Design including Soil Dynamics, Earthworks , Excavation / Retaining Structures and Embankment Design, Slopes and Landslides, Technical coordination, Design management, project management, risk management and safety in design.

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Rapid Transit Advisor, Australia

Sam McWilliam

Rail National Executive, Australia
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Sam is the National Executive of WSP’s Rail business with over 18 years’ experience.

She is a high achiever driven to lead and motivate large successful multidisciplinary teams. An engineer by training, Sam loves to apply her problem solving skills in combination with her unflappable demeanour and a healthy dose of humour to getting the best results out of her teams.

Since joining WSP in 2004 Sam has worked throughout Australia and South East Asia on several, city shaping transport projects.and has contributed to several major transport projects, including Sydney Metro Northwest, City and Southwest and West, WEX/CRL and CRE and the South Island Line East Project in Hong Kong.

Sam’s early career was focused on tunnelling and underground structures where she designed and delivered underground spaces on several large D&C projects and gained significant experience in rock mechanics, excavation design, tunnel contracting and procurement. After this, her career expanded to include design lead and management roles on multidisciplinary projects, with a focus on rail, metro and underground station delivery.

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