Transport pricing — ensuring the price of transport infrastructure promotes efficient use of the network – is one of the Coalition Government’s urban growth agenda priorities and is now included in the National Party’s draft infrastructure plan. But despite building cross-party support, progress is tortuously slow. Stephen will draw on lessons learned in the UK, Sweden and the US and look at how road pricing might be introduced in New Zealand and its potential to transform network efficiency.
Stephen is a professional company director and an expert in infrastructure vision, strategy and public policy.
He currently serves as a member of the board of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga, a director of Selwood Infrastructure a providing strategy advice to the infrastructure sector and is managing director of Rapt Ltd an online and bricks and mortar retail gift, decor and fashion business based in Auckland.
In his former role as founding Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand Stephen has a proven record of leading and influencing policy at the highest level from Ministers in Government to industry leaders. This includes galvanising support from disparate public and private sector parties into a common vision centred on national benefit.
Stephen describes himself as a thought leader and change agent and brings deep understanding of integrated urban development and infrastructure planning, funding and delivery.