Giles Southwell

GM Workplace and Technology


Giles joined Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in June 2017 as the General Manager Corporate Services. In his current role he is responsible for the Agency’s portfolio of digitally enabled change, as well as ensuring that people are supported with the tools and workspaces needed to perform effectively.   

Originally from the United Kingdom, Giles has worked across the public sector since the early 1990s. His roles focused on improving business performance and value for money, identifying service improvements and delivering effective corporate governance and assurance. He moved to New Zealand in 2008 to work for the Office of the Auditor-General where he was responsible for leading work on improving service performance information. More recently he was the chief financial officer at Inland Revenue. 

Before joining Waka Kotahi Giles completed secondments as: Inland Revenue’s chief technology officer; the Ministry of Health’s chief technology and digital services officer; and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage corporate services group manager.