City Rail Link

Copy of Executive


Sean Sweeney - CEO

Dr Sean Sweeney, an engineer with a PhD in construction economics from the University of Melbourne, took up the position on 02 July, 2018.

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After graduating in engineering from the University of Auckland, Dr Sweeney spent seven years working on the development of Te Papa in Wellington before heading overseas to work in the USA and Europe and then settling in Australia.

In Australia, he delivered a programme of major public infrastructure in Victoria and ran a top tier Australian construction firm. More recently he established and implemented a $2.5bn prison construction programme for New South Wales.

Previous Executive

John Williamson - Interim Chief Executive

The CRL Ltd Board has appointed John Williamson as the company's Interim Chief Executive while it continues its search for a permanent replacement, following the retirement of Chris Meale.


Mr Williamson has been involved with the CRL project in a variety of roles since its early days, most recently as Acting General Manager Strategy and Development. He is an economist who has worked on many major infrastructure projects in New Zealand and is passionate about Auckland and its potential to be a truly great city.

Chris Meale - First Chief Executive  

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Chris Meale led the Auckland City Rail Link from 2012 until his retirement in March 2018.

He was responsible for the establishment and direction of the CRL project team to undertake planning, property acquisition, design, tender, construction testing and commissioning to service this major transport infrastructure project.

Announcement made re CEO's retirement

City Rail Link Limited Chief Executive Chris Meale has announced he is retiring from his role.

Mr Meale, who has led the project for five years, has previously stated he would step down in early 2018 when the project’s future was assured and was in a stable position for change.

The City Rail Link is now fully funded, has its own company and board, has just let the first contract to start the rest of the project and started the tender process for the remaining contracts.

“This seems the right time to hand over the reins. I’ll remain as chief executive until it suits the project and the board to hand over to a new leader,” he said.

Mr Meale says leading the CRL team has been a highlight of a long career in major infrastructure, power construction and rail projects in new Zealand and internationally.

“It’s been a wonderful experience, but so has becoming a grandfather and I’m looking forward to a greater focus on family and more life balance.

CRL is not a team or a project I will forget and along with the rest of Auckland I’ll be watching it progress to opening by 2024.”