Independent Chair

Open to Location
  • Newly Created Role
  • Critical national service
  • Passionate, engaged membership body

Bus and Coach Association (BCA) is the membership representative body for the of organisations, large and small across New Zealand, that transport over 120 million passengers each year, operating at the core of New Zealand’s transport infrastructure.

As a trade association, it seeks to foster the efficient and sustainable growth of road passenger transport to the mutual benefit of the New Zealand community and BCA members. The Association plays a critical role leading and representing the industry across the myriad challenges and opportunities in an ever-changing landscape, including, but certainly not limited to, commercial; political; governmental; environmental and technological.

This is a newly created governance role following an independent Governance and Strategy Review recently undertaken.  In your role as Chair, you will lead this new governance model and integrate a newly formed Board of five, and be a person who revels in such a position.

Key elements to the role include:

  • Lead the Board to effectively set and implement the organisation’s direction and strategy.
  • Facilitate and guide the Board in setting the direction for the Association to significantly influence the next ten years of major change in passenger land transport in New Zealand, in particular, through a period of change that will be marked by a significant increase in public transport, charter and tourism work.
  • Ensure BCA is ’match fit’ to be able to deal with the major opportunities relating to decarbonization, introducing new technology and business models across the industry, and ensuring BCA have a workforce capable of meeting the leadership and delivery challenges.
  • Providing effective relationship skills to engage with Government and facilitate strategic conversations to solve industry wide issues.

To be considered for this critical role, we require the following skills and experience:

  • Extensive governance experience at Board level, ideally including experience as a chairperson
  • A strong interest and knowledge in land transport including the current operating context, government direction and shift towards decarbonisation.
  • Proven ability to connect with, relate to, diverse and multi-stakeholder groups to achieve outcomes and drive forward on strategic agendas.
  • A strong understanding of the machinery of government including legislative, regulatory and parliamentary and Select Committee processes and proven experience engaging with Ministers and senior public sector officials.

Applications close 13th January 2023

For further information in strict confidence, please email your CV with cover letter to graeme@swr.nz quoting reference no. 3542694 or contact Graeme Sandri on 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101.

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