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Martin Sawyers
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Martin Sawyers

Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Chief executive

  • Formerly chief executive and registrar of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
  • Prior to that he was general counsel and manager of corporate services for the Real Estate Agents Authority and previously managed legal operations at the Department of Corrections.
  • Significant governance experience from his years as mayor of Buller District Council, chair at Electricity Lines Company and deputy chair of a state-owned enterprise.


Timberlands Westcoast Limited
Deputy Chairman
Jun 2002 - Sep 2010
Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa
Manager of Legal Operations
Sep 2008 - Sep 2010
Real Estate Authority
General Counsel and Manager of Corporate Services
Sep 2010 - Jun 2015
Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board
Chief Executive Officer
Sep 2015 - May 2021
Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Chief Executive
Jun 2021 - Present

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