Sarah Sinclair appointed to New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga board

Congratulations to MinterEllisonRuddWatts Chair and Partner, Sarah Sinclair on being appointed to the inaugural board for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga.

The Commission is tasked with developing a long-term infrastructure plan and pipeline and helping New Zealand Government make decisions to improve the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today announced the board of the new independent Infrastructure Commission at the Building Nations symposium in Rotorua.

Upon the announcement MinterEllisonRuddWatts Chief Executive, Andrew Poole said:

“This is excellent and well deserved recognition of Sarah’s standing in New Zealand’s infrastructure and wider governance community, and I am absolutely delighted.

“Sarah’s leadership, legal skill and astute business sense will be of great benefit to the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga as it establishes itself and sets the country’s long-term plan to address infrastructure needs.”

One of New Zealand’s foremost infrastructure and construction lawyers, Sarah Sinclair is a senior partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ market leading Construction team with extensive experience acting for both government and private sector clients in large-scale, complex infrastructure projects. A member of the Expert Review Panel for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga establishment project, Sarah is known for providing commercially pragmatic, strategic advice on infrastructure funding models, procurement strategies and contracting structures.

Former Reserve Bank governor Dr Alan Bollard will chair the Infrastructure Commission. Sarah Sinclair joins David Cochrane, Raveen Jaduram, Stephen Selwood and Sue Tindal on the board.

Current Deputy Secretary Financial and Commercial at the New Zealand Treasury, Jon Grayson has been appointed by the board as Chief Executive of the commission

The new board will assume their roles when the commission becomes operational in October this year.

Find out more about the appointments in the New Zealand Government’s announcement.

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Janine Brennan-Lynch, National Marketing Communications Manager


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