The Board of Directors of KiwiRail is appointed by the Shareholding Ministers and KiwiRail’s performance is accountable to those Ministers. The Shareholding Ministers may jointly remove directors at any time and entirely at their discretion.

The role of the Board is to guide the strategic direction of KiwiRail and to direct and oversee management of the organisation.

The Board establishes objectives and sets strategies for KiwiRail, then monitors the performance of KiwiRail’s executive team against those strategies. The Board delegates the day–to–day management of KiwiRail to the Chief Executive.

Typically the Board meets once a month, and board directors also form sub-committees covering Health & Safety, the Environment, Assets and Infrastructure, and Property.

KiwiRail Board of Directors

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Brian Corban


Brian Corban was appointed to the KiwiRail Board as Deputy Chair in July 2018, and as Chair in July 2019. Brian is an Auckland-based company director and lawyer. His experience includes Chair of Genesis for 10 years, Chair of Radio New Zealand Ltd, and the Foundation Chair of Television New Zealand Ltd. He has previously served as Deputy Chair of NZ Railways Corporation/KiwiRail in 2008. He is also Chair of the Melanesian Trust Board, a Board member of Auckland War Memorial Museum, a director of Ngatarawa Wines and a number of private companies and a trustee of various community trusts. He is a former Chair of Auckland City Mission and member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

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John Leuchars


John is a professional company director and civil engineer. He brings significant experience in senior management and governance of international consulting engineering companies. John has experience as a Board member of professional institutions, private and public companies and not-for-profit organisations.
John is a Board member of the Wellington Gateway Project (Transmission Gully Motorway). He is a member of the Auckland City Council Value for Money review panel. He was a member of the Board of Genesis Energy until April 2018, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

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Paul Harper


Paul Harper joined the KiwiRail Board in May 2016.
He brings experience in directorships and senior management roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors. Paul was the foundation Chairman of Netlogix Ltd and is a Director of Sealink group and Health Alliance Ltd. His varied roles have included marine engineer, shore-based shipping company management in Norway, Scotland, Brazil and Australia, Group General Manager of the Interisland Line, and establishment CEO of Carter Holt Harvey Lodestar. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Bob Major


Bob brings valuable governance experience to the Board. He has spent many years working in the dairy industry, including Fonterra where he was a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the New Zealand Dairy Board and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute. He is a current director of Westland Milk Products, BioVittoria Ltd and Chair of Gibb Holdings (Nelson) Ltd. He is a former Chair of Mud House Wines and director of a number of companies including Sealord Group and Barker Fruit Processors.

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Sue McCormack


A partner at Mortlock McCormack Law, Sue specialises in corporate and commercial law. She is the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury and has previously been a director of the Lyttelton Port Company Limited, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Public Trust.

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Noel Coom


Noel has more than 45 years diverse experience in the international shipping and rail sectors having held senior management positions in New Zealand, the United States, and in Australia. Noel was formerly NZ Chair of the International Container Lines committee (ICLC). He is currently an independent director on the board of international freight forwarder Mondiale Freight Services .

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Hazel Armstrong


Hazel is a lawyer specialising in ACC, health and safety, employment law and professional ethics. She sits on the NZ Law Society ACC Committee.
She also has undertaken inquiries on behalf of government and organisations and in 2014 she was part of a three-person inquiry into safety in the forestry sector. She has worked with KiwiRail and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union on safety related issues including the Otira and Kaimai tunnels, locomotive engineer health and supporting KiwiRail health and safety action teams.
She is a director of Community Law and has previously been a director of the Civil Aviation Authority.