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Councils’ water company hires new chief executive from Transport Agency

Capacity Infrastructure, the water supply company owned by the Wellington and Hutt City Councils, has named a new chief executive, who is currently a group manager at the NZ Transport Agency.

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Capacity Infrastructure Services’ new chief executive has been named. He is Colin Crampton, 51, of Wellington. Mr Crampton will be leaving his role as New Zealand Transport Agency’s Group Manager Highways and Network Operations to head up Capacity’s team of 80 engineers, project managers, planners and operations staff. Capacity is responsible for managing the water, stormwater and wastewater networks of Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils.

Capacity’s chairman Peter Allport said Mr Crampton’s depth of experience in infrastructure planning, risk management, health and safety, and his clear understanding of the importance of the water sector to the Wellington region, made him stand out among the high quality field of applicants. The vacancy was created by Capacity’s founding CEO David Hill’s resignation, effective at year-end.

“Colin has been managing a team of 380 staff with an annual expenditure responsibility of $1.7 billion at NZTA,” Mr Allport said.

“His background as a professional engineer and his successful career at Transit and NZTA give him a solid understanding of the realities of infrastructure project management, as well as the care needed when dealing with multiple stakeholders in areas of critical infrastructure. He sees opportunities to both support Capacity in what it does well now, as well as potential for it to improve in serving the needs of the region into the future.”

Colin will take up his new role in late January.