Meet Our Expert Team
Our Leadership Team
Aaron is one of the co-founders of UCL and is based in Hawke’s Bay. With over 20 years of experience in various work environments including consultancies and local governments in New Zealand and the UK, he understands the wider context of each of his projects which enables him to apply robust and practical transport engineering recommendations to each situation. As a nationally recognised safe systems expert, he is regularly asked to ensure safety and efficiency outcomes are achieved on projects and to advise on industry guidelines.
Jonno is based in Christchurch and has over 18 years of experience in the design and delivery of transportation and civil infrastructure projects. He has operated within a variety of roles including design manager, safety manager, safety auditor and engineer’s representative. With his passion for road safety, ability to build relationships and his strong technical skills, Jonno is recognised as an expert in the industry for road safety engineering, particularly in the area of road safety audits.
Tony is one of the co-founders of UCL and is based in Hawke’s Bay. With over 30 years of experience, 15+ in management and 20+ in road safety, traffic engineering and project management, he offers a depth of knowledge and skills to every part of his work. Having experience with local government, consultancies and contractors he has built numerous relationships with a wide range of viewpoints and has a unique insight into New Zealand transport needs which enables him to offer valuable observations and advice on how to approach key issues.
Ashu is based in Christchurch and has over 7 years of academic and industry experience in transport engineering in New Zealand and India. One of his key skills is travel demand forecasting. His PhD in Transportation Engineering quantified the effect of increased online shopping on consumer's urban travel demands. Having published numerous industry articles and presenting at several conferences Ashu brings sound knowledge in the latest industry academia and technical diligence to each of his projects.
Ben has 10 years of roading and civil engineering experience. He started his career as an Engineering Cadet with Porirua City Council and then spent 5 years as a Roading Engineer for the South Wairarapa District Council. He has a range of experience in corridor management, TTM audits, developing programmes of work and undertaking MSQA. He has experience in design of minor improvements and since joining UCL has been actively involved in road safety audits, delineation reviews and the preparation of traffic impact assessments.
Auckland based Chen brings 7+ years of experience in traffic and civil engineering, with a primary focus on transport design, road safety investigations, Safe Systems Audits, Speed Limit Reviews, and Transport / Traffic Impact Assessments. He has delivered a range of projects for Auckland Transport including roundabout designs, signalised intersection designs, cycleways, raised platforms, pedestrian crossings and safety improvements. He is an experienced designer and has experience with Sidra, Civil 3D and 12D.
Fiona is based in Christchurch and has over 15 years of experience in the UK as well as New Zealand. Her experience consists of a wide range of investigation and reporting projects as well as the preparation of numerous business cases. She has experience with project management, economic analysis, and contract document preparation. Her extensive background has given her insight into different viewpoints of the industry, enabling her to deliver cost-effective ideas while also considering the wider impacts.
Helen has been with UCL for over 5 years as the Business Administrator. With over 20 years experience in law enforcement and investigations she Helen has a strong focus on process and compliance. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the business and project administration. As a valuable part of the team, Helen keeps everything working as it should, with a particular focus on ensuring our suppliers are managed and holding the role of our Privacy Officer.
Jacques is based in Christchurch and has over 9 years of experience in road safety engineering, traffic engineering, and transport planning. With his technical diligence and background in design management and safety investigation, Jacques proactively identifies potential issues within each project and applies a safe system approach to inform decisions around these issues. He also has a strong passion for technology and leads the UCL focus on developing and utilising technical tools to assist clients and internal projects.
Jaspreet is based in Hawke’s Bay and has a unique background as a Site Traffic Management Supervisor. As part of the UCL team, he is working on traffic impact assessments, safety audits and civil design. His invaluable experience in managing numerous risks and elements as a site manager coupled with his degree in BE Civil and Post Graduate Diploma in Highway Engineering gives him the ability to offer a rare and valuable view of the bigger picture to each of his clients and their projects.
John has worked with our team since UCL was founded undertaking UAV / Drone surveys for traffic surveys, safety investigations, field investigations and topographical surveys. He operates several UAVs, including a tether system for unlimited flying powered from the ground. He has established relationships with flight planning and operators such as the rescue helicopter and Hawke's Bay Airport. John and his UAVs travel the country to wherever we have the need. He works closely with our engineers who utilise AI to process video footage to capture turning movements, vehicles speeds and safety issues such as lane compliance, overtaking or unusual behaviours at intersections.
Ken is based in Hawke’s Bay and has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of transport projects including creating crash reduction studies, conducting road safety audits, and implementing road safety management. He has a background in geometric design which makes Ken ideal for undertaking safety audits for rural and urban transport projects. Ken also understands client requirements related to developing adjacent roading networks, which enables him to provide invaluable insights for traffic impact assessments.
Matheus is based in Hawke’s Bay and has over 15 years of experience in Brazil and New Zealand in traffic and transport engineering ranging from highway design to safety audits and technical assessments. Since joining UCL in 2020, Matheus has undertaken a variety of projects including speed management technical assessments, safety audits, and integrated transportation assessments. His eye for detail, design skills and range of project experience has given him a solid foundation from which he leads and contributes valuable results to each of his projects.
Renata is based in Auckland and has over 9 years experience in transport and engineering gained while working for government authorities and consultancies in the UK and the Middle East. Her diverse experience working on and managing projects such as corridor studies, pedestrian connectivity studies, local transport policy and transport impact studies including masterplans, coupled with a sound academic background enables her to bring a comprehensive approach to each of her projects. She is proficient with intersection assessment software such as Sidra, Synchro and Linsig. Renata also has experience using Vissim, Cube and Aimsun.
Sam is based in Hawke's Bay and has over 12 years of geometric design, contract documentation and contract management experience. As our Design Manager he leads and mentors our growing design team. His experience covers State Highway, Local Authority and private sector projects. A highly skilled 12D operator who is also experienced in pavement design, drainage design, contract schedules and estimates, contractor documentation, tender evaluations and acting as Engineer's Representitive he adds real value to projects from concept through to construction.
Shannyn has over 10 Years of business development in technical areas of the transport and roading sector. As the Business Development Lead for HMI Technologies working along side clients to develop innovative ITS solutions. During her time as the Business Development Manager at Mooven she worked closely with our UCL team to assist our clients with real-time journey time and delay information and on the speed management programme to understand speeds and travel times pre and post implementation of speed limit changes. More recently she has been a Technical Sales Manager at Ingal Civil Products providing road safety hardware to the industry.
Steve is based in Wellington and has over 30 years experience in transport planning, road safety and traffic engineering. He has joined UCL from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency where he has been the Senior Road Safety Engineer working across the Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman and Wellington Regions. He is a passionate advocate for improved safety for all users of the transport system. Steve has taken an active role in developing and leading the Shiny Side Up motorcycle safety programme.
Vicki has been with UCL for over 5 years and is the Executive Assistant to Tony and Aaron as well as the HR Manager. Vicki has a strong background in HR, with various management positions held in the UK and NZ. She ensures the team are well supported and our culture is strong to support our highly valued remote working environment.