At the ITS New Zealand Board meeting yesterday, Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) chief executive, David Vinsen was unanimously appointed to Chair the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) New Zealand board. Mohammed Hikmet, founder and Chairperson of HMI Technologies Group was also appointed to continue as President and continues to lead international activities, as New Zealand’s representative on the ITS Asia-Pacific Board and the ITS World Congress organising committee.
Vinsen’s extensive governance experience was seen as invaluable to drive the organisation’s commitment to advocate for transport technology solutions which save lives and make transport more sustainable and efficient.
“I’m very pleased to have the unanimous support of the board to lead this exciting organisation. I feel that my experience in governance, and understanding of the vehicle supply chain, complements the other board members, which represent the varied aspects of the ITS eco-system.” says Vinsen.
While the new board were appointed some months ago, they have introduced and ne membership structure and a bold business plan which has already attracted several new organisations. The board has invested their time in developing the organisation’s forward events schedule and business plan, with events featuring leading international and local experts, with the organisation hoping to inspire, educate and generate informed discussion around transport technology.
“What is encouraging is the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have just received from members returning from the recent ITS World Congress in Montreal, that is that New Zealand is leading the world. We have a supportive and forward-looking transport ministry, progressive national and regional governments and New Zealand has fewer regulatory and operational obstacles that will set back the benefits of emerging technology. That is particularly advantageous for local innovators, and international companies looking for a test bed.” says Vinsen.
Members of the ITS New Zealand Board include:
David Vinsen (VIA), Mohammed Hikmet (HMI Technologies), Andrew Gurr (Fusion Networks), Deryk Whyte (DWG Consulting), Mike Rudge (Stantec), Stephen Hewett (Beca), Lee McKenzie (Ministry of Transport), Blair Monk (Aurecon), Peter Filbey (Auckland Transport), Dave Rendall (Fulton Hogan)