Martin Matthews sqMartin advises on public policy and regulatory matters with a special interest in
encouraging innovative solutions to transport and mobility challenges facing cities
and governments. Martin also consults on organisational leadership, development,
strategy, risk management and change – all areas he has vast experience in, with
more than 18 years as a CEO.
Martin has previously held several senior executive roles. He was President of the
HMI Group which includes the company responsible for the development of the
autonomous shuttle, ohmio. Before this he was New Zealand’s Controller and
Auditor-General, one of the nation’s highest constitutional offices, responsible as
the watch dog for all public authorities. Martin was also Secretary for Transport, a
position he held for nearly eight years. In this capacity Martin was Chief Executive
of the Ministry of Transport and responsible for advice to government on policy and
regulation for all modes of transport, and the investment of in excess of NZ$4b per
During his term as Secretary, Martin led the Ministry to take a more strategic longterm view about the future of mobility and transport. He led thinking about the role
that technology will play in causing a paradigm shift in these things over the coming
decades. He was recognised for this leadership in 2015 when he was one of only
three people globally inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ITS World Congress.
Subsequently, as an independent consultant, Martin brought together the consortium
that launched New Zealand’s first autonomous vehicle trial in Christchurch, and
facilitated the establishment of similar trials in Sydney and Melbourne.
Prior to his transport role Martin was for ten years the Chief Executive of the New
Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage, responsible for the funding and oversight
of the arts, museums, built heritage, sport, recreation, film and broadcasting. Martin
was also previously an Assistant Auditor-General. In this capacity he helped design
many aspects of the New Zealand public management system, including the Public
Finance Act.
Martin is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an
honours degree in Economics.

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