Nicole Rosie

Chief Executive
NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi

Nicole Rosie joined Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as Chief Executive (CE) in February 2020.

She is an experienced chief executive with over 20 years of experience in CE and senior management roles across the public and private sectors. This includes senior executive roles in Fonterra, KiwiRail (formerly Toll NZ), Vector and Fletcher Challenge Forests, and 3 years as Chief Executive of WorkSafe.

Nicole has led major transformation and change at national, system and organisational levels. She’s also taken leadership roles in sustainability, environment and safety throughout her career. This has included setting up a range of industry groups to support partnerships between public and private sector groups to accelerate change in these areas.

Additionally, she has served as Director of Construction Health and Safety New Zealand and Regional Velocity Implementation Manager, and was a Board Member of New Zealand Family Planning. She’s also currently a non-voting Board Member of Auckland Transport.

She holds a Master of Public Health in law and public health from Harvard University, which she attended as a Fulbright scholar, a Master of Law from Auckland University jointly supervised by the medical and law schools, and Law and Arts degrees from University of Otago.

As a fifth generation New Zealander from rural and regional Aotearoa, Nicole is passionate about making a difference. She sees the land transport system and the critical roles Waka Kotahi plays across infrastructure, regulation and safety as being at the heart of a successful Aotearoa.