John Strawbridge is the Group Manager of Parking Services and Compliance for Auckland Transport (AT). In this role he leads Parking Design, Adjudication, Enforcement (Parking and Transport), and new technology programs within the parking environment.
Previously within AT John has lead the AT Operations Centre-Central which encompasses; Parking Services, Rail, Bus, Ferry, Gulf Island Airfields, Harbourmaster and Special Events operations. That role had responsibility for supporting and directing operations across those business units and the strategic direction of major events in the city.
John served in the New Zealand Police for 17 years. He held many roles in specialist units and major crime investigations. John was a founding member of the Asian Organised Crime Unit in New Zealand and carried out multi-jurisdictional investigations across Asia and Australasia. His roles in the Criminal Investigation Branch included Crime Control Unit, Sexual Abuse investigation team, Robbery Squad, Witness Protection unit, Terrorist Intelligence Unit and Organised Crime Units.
After retiring John and a partner created a boutique Coffee roasting company and developed a number of retail cafes in metropolitan Auckland. Between 1997 and 2005 the company franchised the business into multiple outlets across Auckland City. The company was sold to a large corporate in 2005
In late 2005, John was approached to manage the operation of the Eden Park in Auckland. At that iconic venue, he developed the traffic management plan including integrated ticketing program that still operates today.
In 2009, John was approached by Auckland city’s transport agency (ARTA) to be the Project Manager for the 2011 Rugby World-Cup. Post the World Cup John was tasked with creating the Auckland Transport Special Events team and then in 2013 was promoted to design and build the AT operations centre.
In early 2015, John was tasked with establishing the relationship with NZ Police to start up the ‘Transport Officer’ project. This project is through the scoping and planning stage and is being implemented today with 60 Officers currently deployed on the Auckland rail network.