Our Team

We have great talent onboard from New Zealand and around the world. Our team are passionate about what they do and being part of a project creating a first class, efficient and fully integrated transport network serving Aucklanders of today, and generations to come.


What we do

Our work includes:

  • Further business case work, technical assessments and reference design, master planning, and community and stakeholder engagement
  • Associated applications for consenting, including consideration of use of the Urban Development Act 2020 and protect the transport corridor
  • Developing procurement and land acquisition strategies
  • Significant policy work programme including determining funding and financing, and delivery arrangements, led by central agencies and ensuring integration of policy decisions in the Business Case
  • Undertaking work to prepare the project for delivery, subject to approval by the Crown.

Multi-modal commuter champions!

Our Auckland Light Rail team is made up of a diverse group of design, planning, communications, and urban development specialists from Aotearoa and around the world, but one thing we all have in common is our passion for sustainable transport.

We recently asked our team how they travel to our Auckland Light Rail office, which showed a huge 87% of us take public or active transport options for their journeys across Tāmaki Makaurau. A great demonstration of living our values.


Our board

Auckland Light Rail is New Zealand’s largest and most complex infrastructure project. It will bring far-reaching benefits for communities by increasing access, boosting economic growth and unlocking productivity gains across the region. Our chair and board member understand the opportunity this project provides and have the experience and insight to lead the delivery of light rail for Auckland.

Dame Fran Wilde

Dame Fran Wilde, DNZM, QSO has held a distinguished career in national and local politics and held a range of governance roles across the private and public sectors, including infrastructure, finance, arts and education.

A former Member of Parliament, she has also held Ministerial portfolios. She is a former Mayor of Wellington, and previously held the role of Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board and has been a Chief Crown Negotiator for Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Her current governance roles include board chair of Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust, the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Wellington Lifelines group.

Leigh Auton

Leigh Auton is an executive leader with extensive governance experience including local and central government, iwi and not for profit entities. 

He was the Independent Chair of the Auckland Light Rail Establishment Unit.  He is a former President and Inaugural Fellow of the NZ Planning Institute and, in November 2009, he received a Distinguished Service Award for his significant contribution over many years to the practice of planning. He is a long-time resident of Counties Manukau and the former Chief Executive of Manukau City Council. He has a strong track record in transport infrastructure, including the upgrade of Auckland’s heavy rail network, Manukau Rail Station and Te Irirangi Drive. Leigh is Chair of the People and Culture Committee of Auckland Light Rail.

Meet some of our people

Meet some of the people behind the scenes and learn what drives their passion for the project.


About ALR Ltd

Auckland Light Rail Limited (ALR Ltd) is responsible for advancing the project through the detailed planning phase and developing a business case to enable the Crown to make a final investment decision in relation to the Auckland Light Rail Project.

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