Tim Mueller

Tim has been working in the New Zealand transport sector for more than 20 years. His broad range of engineering, planning and research skills, as well as his previous transport roles in local government, provide a great foundation and client-side perspective for a range of services and expertise.

Tim led the Regional Land Transport Programme team in Auckland, prior to local government amalgamation, where he developed and implemented regional assessment and prioritisation of land transport investment proposals for the first Regional Land Transport Programme in New Zealand. He was also invited by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to assist in the evaluation, profiling, and prioritisation of national State Highway projects for inclusion in the National Land Transport Programme. Tim continued to lead a team of engineers and planners when the Auckland region underwent significant restructuring, ensuring the Auckland Region’s funding and investment proposals for land transport continued to meet the highest standard and supported national transport outcomes. Tim’s auditing and quality systems ensured Auckland Transport qualified for, and retained, delegated funding authority from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, a self-funding approval process, for projects under $5 million.

Over the last decade, Tim has focused on transport business cases and investment proposals. He has developed internal auditing and compliance systems to manage quality assurance, and to improve business case and funding application quality. This experience, combined with his naturally outgoing nature, makes Tim an engaging and effective facilitator for optioneering and engagement workshops where he enjoys drawing out creative solutions to transport mobility issues. He also undertakes technical audits and business case peer reviews.

Just prior to joining Resolve Group, Tim was part of the Advisory and Business Case Team at WSP. While there, he worked with international transport leaders and professionals contributing to large and small projects around New Zealand. Tim says, “It is very gratifying to have developed and shaped the business cases that will influence the lives, future mobility and economic development of New Zealand.” An accomplished business case practitioner, he likes to think of himself as a catalyst who can help make things happen by putting plans into action. His project advocacy, relationship management, and keen understanding of the land transport investment in New Zealand, compliments the broader team at Resolve Group.

Some of Tim’s recent business case experience includes:

  • Active mode, multimodal and tactical urbanism(Tim was a business case reviewer for Auckland Transport Connected Communities and Let’s Get Welly Moving and business case lead for the Arthurs Point Crossing in Queenstown)
  • Peer review and project reviews (Auckland Transport Brownfields; Hamilton City Council School Link Single Stage Business Case and City Centre to University Link Single Stage Business Case; KiwiRail, Wellington Metro Rail network Resignalling and Automatic Train Protection Indicative Business Case; Waka Kotahi, State Highway 1 Huntly Revocation Program Business Case)
  • Benefits realisation and management plans (Auckland Transport, Henderson Cycleway; Let’s Get Welly Moving–Golden Mile)

Tim has particular skills in:

  • Business Case Approach (Waka Kotahi BCA), Land Transport Funding and Investment Proposals and quality assurance – Contracted by Waka Kotahi to provide technical business case support and leadership with:
    • Safe Network Programme, National Land Transport Programme and Regional Land Transport Plan variations and approvals
    • Sector and industry capability development
    • Point of Entry and Strategic Case assessments
  • All aspects of business case development – Registered Better Business Case (BBC) Practitioner

When not at work, Tim loves the outdoors and enjoys snow skiing, cycling, hiking, and tramping. He is also involved with his local community as they establish a Community Hub and Nursery to produce plants to assist landowners with replanting after the devastating fires at Lake Ohau in October 2020.

Better Business Cases Practitioner