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Francis Small

Francis SmallFrancis Small is a director and principal of Murray King & Francis Small Consultancy Limited, the business performance improvement consultancy based in Wellington, New Zealand and operating internationally.

Francis graduated with an honours degree in civil engineering, then gained Masters and Doctoral degrees in engineering also at Auckland University, and later studied transport engineering and management in the UK and Europe. He has also undertaken senior management courses at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom and Harvard Business School in the United States. He has recently undertaken an Institute of Directors course in company direction, and has also been made a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management.

Francis held senior management positions at New Zealand Railways from 1983, managing the core freight business from 1985 to 1988. He was Chief Operating Officer from 1988 to 1990 and Managing Director from 1990-2000. He headed the executive team that turned around Tranz Rail's performance, achieving major productivity improvements (700% on key measure), an operating profit 1999 - 2000 of NZ$71m (net profit NZ$47m), while transport prices were halved in real terms.

Francis played a major role in the restructuring and privatisation of the company. He was a board member of NZ Rail and Tranz Rail from 1990 to 2002, and a board member of the Chicago-based Wisconsin Central from 1996 to 2001.

He has also been involved with the acquisition of railway property in Australia through the Australian Transport Network of which Tranz Rail is a shareholder. He is currently a board member. He was a member of the New Zealand Shipping Industry Task Force and the Australian Federal Transport Committee.

Since retiring from Tranz Rail in 2000 Francis has concentrated in developing a portfolio career of board positions and consultancy assignments. He is currently Chairman of Meridian Energy and NZ Meteorological Service. He is also on the board of Antarctica NZ, Standards NZ and a number of transport companies.

In 2000 he chaired the Ministerial Inquiry into the INCIS project and also in 2000 chaired the committee examining the feasibility of regional development options within the Wellington Region (REDA).

Relationships between Tranz Rail and Regional Councils are particularly important and Francis has acted for Tranz Rail as a member of the various Regional Committees. In this role he has been involved in the development of Regional Transport Strategies and Regional Freight Strategies.

He has also acted for Palmerston North City Council and Venture Stratford in reviewing proposals for the development of transport hubs.

Francis is a past National President of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and is currently Chairman of Centre for Advanced Engineering. He was a member of the Engineers Registration Board from 1998 to 2001 and is a member of the Standards Council of New Zealand. He was also a Foundation Member of the NZ Quality Council.

Actively involved in various community activities, Francis is a former National President of Scouting New Zealand and a former Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Committee, Trustee for the Wellington Anglican Diocese, a member of an advisory group for the Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army in NZ, and involved with the Rehabilim Trust, which supports disadvantaged children in Indonesia.

He won the BP award for the best paper presented to the Chartered Institute of Transport on transport issues in 1986. He received the Bronze Wolf award, World Scouting Organisation's highest award, in 1998. He was made a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ in 2000 and he received the IPENZ President's award in 2001. In the New Year's Honours List of 2000 he was appointed CNZM for services to the transport industry and the community.

Francis is married with three adult sons and lives in Wellington.


Contact details:
Business phone: +64 4 473 3368
Facsimile: +64 4 472 8620
Email: francis@king-small.co.nz

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