Auckland Council has appointed Mark Darrow as Acting Chair of Auckland Transport from 1 November.
In a statement, the Council says Mr Darrow (pictured) will act in the role until it selects a permanent chair to lead the Auckland Transport Board.
“In Mark Darrow, we have a highly skilled director with real-world experience in the transport sector and I have great confidence in him to professionally deliver on what Aucklanders need,” said Auckland Mayor, Wayne Brown.
“He is well placed to steer Auckland Transport while we go through the process to select a new chair.”
Mr Darrow was first appointed to the Auckland Transport Board in 2021 and has been supporting Wayne Donnelly (pictured, below) as Acting Deputy Chair and as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.
He will replace Mr Donnelly, who has been the Acting Chair since October last year.
Mr Donnelly will remain on the board as the Deputy Chair until March 2024.
“We are very grateful to Wayne for stepping up to the chair role over the past year. It has been a year where Auckland Transport has started to show improvements as they work to implement the direction given to them by the Mayor and Councillors,” Council said in a statement.
Mayor Brown thanked Mr Donnelly for his work in the Acting Chair role.
“At the best of times chairing the Auckland Transport board is a challenging job and Wayne has stepped up to this admirably for the last year. I thank him wholeheartedly for his efforts and continued commitment to Auckland. I wish him and his family all the best and am pleased he is staying on the board,” the Mayor said.
Expressions of interest for the Auckland Transport chair may be submitted to Auckland Council from 3 October 2023 via the council’s careers website.