The Commission's Chief Executive Lois Hutchinson is supported on the Executive Management Team by three general managers responsible for the investigation and business services teams.
Chief Executive - Lois Hutchinson
Lois has 30 years of senior management experience in the state sector. Lois joined the Commission as Chief Executive after executive management roles in censorship and health. Lois was with the Video Recordings Authority for six years before being appointed Deputy Chief Censor at the then new Office of Film & Literature Classification Office, which she helped to establish. Lois held the position of Deputy Chief Censor for 5 years before taking up the position of Group Manager, Acute Surgical Services, then General Manager, Hospital Services at Mid Central District Health Board. Promoting social justice and reducing public harms are the common threads to her career. Lois has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy & psychology, a Master’s degree in public policy from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Science in organisational performance from Cranfield University, UK. Lois is also a trained nurse specialising in oncology & haematology care. Lois leads the organisation to support the Commissioners in the delivery of their statutory purpose, which is to help improve transport safety.
General Manager Investigation Services / Chief Investigator of Accidents - Captain Tim Burfoot
Tim is now in his second stint as Chief Investigator, appointed in January 2007. His first stint was from 1999 to 2002. In between, he was Marine Operations Manager for the Cook Strait ferry company, Interislander. Tim originally joined the Commission in 1995 as its first marine investigator. Before this, his sea-going career began in 1978 as an apprentice deck cadet with the Union Shipping Company of NZ. He accepted his first command at the age of 29 and spent five years captaining a variety of foreign-going vessels engaged in world-wide trade with multi-national crews.
General Manager Legal and Business Services - Cathryn Bridge
Cathryn is General Counsel to the Commission and leads the legal, finance, human resources, governance and risk functions. Cathryn Bridge has more than twenty years of public management experience in corporate, operational, policy, legal and project roles in Crown Entities and public sector departments. She has an Executive Master's of Public Administration from the Australia and NZ School of Government, and an LLB and BA from Victoria University of Wellington.
General Manager Communications and Investigation Support Services - Peter Northcote
Peter is responsible for the Commission’s communications, information management and communications technologies, research and data, as well as major accident and business continuity preparedness. Peter's career includes marketing communications and management roles in the public and private sectors. He holds master’s degrees in Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington, and in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, British Columbia.