Colin MacArthur

Associate Director
Direct: +64 9 281 2175
Mobile: +64 21 825 979

About Colin 

Colin has management and leadership experience of geographically disbursed teams in the delivery of complex transportation planning and engineering projects. An excellent communicator (IAP2 accredited) with extensive broad technical capability, he thrives on combining ‘out of the box’ thinking with due process to ensure that the best solution to any engineering problem is identified." His experience includes a balance of public sector transportation planning and private consultancy transportation engineering both in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

What Colin has to say:

What made you decide to become an Associate Transportation Director?

I’ve always been a problem solver and the opportunity to grow a New Zealand business with real expertise was too good to miss. 

What did you do before joining Abley?

I have led a number of transportation planning and engineering teams for large multi-national consultancies delivering a diverse range of projects.

What does a typical day in the office include?

Every aspect of business.  Talking to clients to understand their problems, ensuring the quality of work, leading technical knowledge and developing new areas of the business.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy the value spatial data analysis can bring to problem solving.  Not just maps, but true data analysis.  I never really appreciated the value when I was working for multi-discipline businesses, but the strength and focus of our knowledge in this area makes leveraging the value from data much more powerful.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Finding time to do everything.  Even with an awesome team behind me, everyone’s always so busy.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

This role. Abley are focused on all the right things: Passionate work, Strong Relationships, Innovative and Profession delivery and Quality outcomes.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I'm currently planning the electrification of a 1994 MX-5.  I have purchased the vehicle and am currently in the planning stage to getting a Build Approval.  I hope to start the physical conversion after March 2020.