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Neil Cook Departing After Serving Three Years at Fiji Roads Authority

  It is confirmed. Fiji Roads Authority founding chief executive, Neil Cook, will be leaving the organisation once his three-year contract expires this month. Mr Cook, in an interview with
13 Dec 2015 15:23
Neil Cook Departing After Serving Three Years at Fiji Roads Authority
FRA, cheif executive, Neil Cook.

 

It is confirmed. Fiji Roads Authority founding chief executive, Neil Cook, will be leaving the organisation once his three-year contract expires this month.

Mr Cook, in an interview with the Fiji Sun, confirmed he will be finishing around Christmas due to a pre-planned leave although his contract expires on January 3.

The recruitment process for a new chief executive is currently underway but Mr Cook said he is not a part of the process.

“The decision to go in the recruitment process was taken after we had had the discussions about whether my contract would be extended,” Mr Cook said.

“If I were to be reappointed, there wouldn’t have had to be a recruitment process.”

In terms of the next step, Mr Cook said he has not planned yet on what he will do but whatever his next journey will be, he will decide after a break.

“It’s been a very intense three years and I don’t have any immediate plans,” he said.

“My family and I are moving back to New Zealand and I will most likely end up in the same space in managing…infrastructure in some way.

“Whether the public sector or the private sector, I don’t know yet. So I’ve got my options open I guess.”

 

Time here

Reflecting on his three years here, Mr Cook said: “It has been a wonderful experience. Stressful at times, but incredibly rewarding.

“We started here with pretty much nothing. We had not only to go out there and build roads but we had to build a road agency.

“That’s what we set out to achieve and that’s been done very very successfully.

“It’s been noted regionally and internationally as a success story so I think all the ingredients were there for success.”

Mr Cook said this was however dependent on solid commitment from the Government and the political commitment to make this happen which they did.

“They backed it up with the money to make it happen and the third element was getting the right people on board,” he said.

Mr Cook previously worked as a director and engineering manager in Public Infrustructure Development in New Zealand.

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