17 October, 2019
GWI has today announced the appointment of Cynthia Gillespie to the GWI Board, effective 1 October 2019.
Ms Gillespie brings more than 10 years’ senior transport experience having designed and led strategic modal planning, and infrastructure investment and development across Australia and New Zealand, including for Auckland Transport, Transport for New South Wales and Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Announcing the Board’s decision, GWI Chairman Neil Glentworth said the organisation was excited to see Ms Gillespie join the GWI team.
“Cynthia’s strategic insight and high-level critical thinking will be a welcome addition to our executive group,” Mr Glentworth said.
“While she holds a deep understanding of the transport sector, she is incredibly passionate about evidence-based decision making, and appreciates the importance of data and the benefits it can bring, which is replicable across every industry.
“Cynthia has demonstrated the ability to combine dynamic leadership with strong stakeholder relationships to contribute to, and influence, effective outcomes.
“The Board looks forward to working with Cynthia and growing from her own experience.”
GWI’s values and deep understanding of data, coupled with a strong focus on governance and ethics is what appealed to Ms Gillespie, who currently serves as Chief of Strategy at Auckland Transport.
“Working in the transport sector is about making communities better, which is something GWI strives to achieve by unlocking information and data to make more informed decisions,” Ms Gillespie said.
“But integrating infrastructure into a community requires a deep understanding of the people within in. To build better communities, you need to be aware of makes communities tick — the issues they face, the problems that need solving — and this is where data comes in.
“I believe when used properly, data can help organisations communicate their ‘why’, and I hope to bring this knowledge and my storytelling capabilities to the Board table.”