Council Chief Executive Heather Shotter says Dr Warburton’s extensive experience in infrastructure project development will be of tremendous benefit to the city.
“Future-proofing our wastewater treatment plant is a critical investment for Palmerston North, and it’s essential that the project has access to the foremost expertise in all respects. David Warburton’s background in strategic leadership of infrastructure development is exemplary, and we’re delighted he’s accepted our invitation to chair the project steering group.”
Dr Warburton was Chief Executive of Auckland Transport from 2010 to 2017, overseeing transport strategy, design, construction, maintenance and operation throughout the Auckland region. He has served in governance roles with a range of companies across sectors including the primary industries, energy, and property development, and was Chief Executive of Whanganui District Council from 2005 to 2008.
Ms Shotter says the role of steering group Chair is essential in laying the foundations for successful delivery of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade.
“The steering group brings together representatives and advisors from all stakeholders to provide governance, oversight and direction to the entire best practicable option project. As an experienced, independent Chair, Dr Warburton will ensure the review process is effective, thorough and robust.”
Dr Warburton says he looks forward to taking up the post.
“Prior to Auckland Transport I worked for many years in regional New Zealand, in private and public sectors, and appreciate how vital it is to deliver the right infrastructure to support growth and regional development from a range of perspectives. It’s a privilege to be part of a project that will benefit the people of Palmerston North for generations.”
Dr Warburton officially chaired his first meeting of the project steering group on 23 March 2018.