Tracey Ryan appointed chair of Infrastructure New Zealand

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Tracey Ryan, Aurecon’s managing director in New Zealand, is the new chair of Infrastructure New Zealand.

Aurecon’s managing director in New Zealand has been appointed as chair of Infrastructure New Zealand, the country’s leading infrastructure membership group.

Tracey Ryan, Aurecon’s managing director in New Zealand, has been appointed as chair of Infrastructure New Zealand, Aotearoa’s leading infrastructure membership association.

Using a blend of research, advocacy and public and private sector collaboration, Infrastructure New Zealand looks to advance best practice development of world-class transport, energy, water, telecommunications and social infrastructure for New Zealanders.

Throughout her career, Ryan has had a keen focus on driving business growth, spearheading multidisciplinary teams and fostering inclusive and engaged cultures. She has held senior leadership roles and directorships in several global professional services companies, with extensive professional networks both gained from working in Aotearoa New Zealand, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Pacific Rim, China and the US.

“With a public infrastructure deficit of approximately $104bn on top of the challenges of climate change and the need for Aotearoa New Zealand to get to net zero by 2050, there are some extremely complex issues facing the infrastructure sector,” said Ryan.

“I strongly believe a systems-wide approach across the public and private sectors is required to help solve some of these complex issues. To do this, we need collaboration across Infrastructure New Zealand, government, Te Waihanga Infrastructure Commission, the Construction Sector Accord and the private sector,” she said.

Ryan’s role as co-chair of the Construction Sector Accord will also play a vital part in supporting those connections. “The construction and infrastructure sectors make up 6% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s GDP and it goes without saying that the success of our sector contributes significantly to our economy,” she said. “There has never been a more important time to come together to make Aotearoa New Zealand a better place for everyone,” said Ryan.

Ryan was first elected to the Infrastructure New Zealand board in 2018 and became deputy chair in 2021. She is also co-chair to The Construction Sector Accord’s steering group and chair of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) sustainable development committee.