He has worked for local government, consultancies and contractors which provide him a unique insight into New Zealand infrastructure and transport needs. Tony has also undertaken a range of work for private sector clients including integrated transport assessments, procurement and project management.
Meet our Team
Jacques Steyn - Transport Safety Engineer
Jacques joined our team in November 2019. He has BE Civil (Hons) as well as being trained in road safety barrier design and maintenance inspection, Safe Systems training as well as NZS3910 training. His recent experience includes being the safety engineer for the South Canterbury Network Outcomes Contract and the Engineer's Representative on the DoC Glacier Roads contract. He has been Engineer's Representative and Engineer's Representatives Assistant on a range of projects across Canterbury.
Jacques’ experience and understanding of road safety investigation, design and auditing, coupled with his technical diligence is highly valuable when carrying out safety projects, as he can proactively identify any potential issues and use a safe system approach to inform decisions. He has a passion for technology and leads our company focus on developing and utilising tools and systems to assist our clients and our own project delivery.
Jonathan Fletcher - Principal Transport Engineer
Jonno has 16 years experience in design and delivery of transportation and civil infrastructure projects. He has BE Civil (Hons) CMEngNZ as well as being trained in barrier design and construction, Safe Systems training, KiwiRail accredited reviewer and STMS L2/3.
Recent experience includes being the design manager for the Whakatu Arterial Link for Hastings District Council, Safety Manager for South and North Canterbury Network Outcomes Contracts, safety auditor on the North Canterbury Transportation Infrastructure Rebuild (NCTIR) project, and managing the speed management rollout for NZTA across Canterbury. He has been the Engineer's Representative for the Glacier Roads maintenance for the Department of Conservation for the past 5 years. This role involved the management of emergency works and maintenance activities in a highly sensitive environment.
Jonno is passionate about road safety and has strong technical skills in this area which are well complimented by his broad background including design, contract documentation, project management and traffic engineering.
Matheus Boaretto - Transport Engineer
Matheus has 13 years of highway design experience in Brazil and 1 1/2 years of traffic and transport engineering experience in New Zealand. He has completed his Post Grad Diploma in Highway Engineering to complement his BEng (Civil). His in an experienced user of Sidra, AutoCAD, Civil 3D and Autoturn.
Since moving to New Zealand he has worked on a wide range of integrated transport assessments, traffic assessments, intersection design, speed limit reviews and parking designs and assessments. His experience in Brazil included the detailed design of major State Highway interchanges and improvements, roundabout design and cycleway design. Since joining UCL Matheus has undertaken a range of speed management technical assessments, safety audits, safety assessments, traffic impact assessments and integrated transportation assessments.
Ashu has over five years of academic and industrial experience in traffic and transportation engineering, including both in India and New Zealand. In September 2020 Ashu gained his PhD in Transportation Engineering from the University of Canterbury. Ashu’s research related to ‘modelling the effects of online shopping on personal and freight transport in urban areas’ where Christchurch city was used as a case study. His research, quantified the effect of increased online shopping on consumers’ urban travel demand, which in turn is an important input for travel demand forecasting to inform future transport planning. This knowledge will optimise locations for establishing logistics facilities in the city, reducing travel demands for consumers and service providers, and potentially relieve pressure from the city’s transport system.
Ashu has worked on several academic and industrial projects, such as travel demand forecasting, accessibility studies for public transport facilities and traffic impact assessments. Ashu’s sound technical knowledge of traffic and transportation systems, blended with his leadership skills, makes him a reliable transport professional.
Ashu's recent projects with Urban Connection involve preparing traffic impact assessments, road safety audits, road safety assessments, speed management technical assessments, crash analysis and spatial analysis using GIS.
Shaun Pahina - Traffic Safety Engineer
Shaun has 9 years of experience in road safety and traffic engineering. He has a BE Civil and Safe Systems training.
His has extensive experience in road safety audits, investigation and reporting, design and implementation of road safety and traffic engineering projects. His recent experience includes being a team member of the Safe Roads Alliance delivering projects to reduce death and serious injuries on the State Highway Network.
Ken has over 30 years experience across a wide range of transport projects. For the last 10 years he was the Senior Traffic and Safety Engineer for NZTA where he was responsible for the safety performance across the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne Regions. He is experienced in crash reduction studies, fatal crash reporting, road safety audits and implementing road safety management strategies. With a background in geometric design Ken is ideal for undertaking safety audits for rural and urban transport projects.
He understands the client aspects and requirements related to development adjacent roading networks which provides an invaluable insight into traffic impact assessments.
Ken was the Project Manager for the NZ Rural Intersection Activated Warning Signs Study, team member for the NZ Rural Schools Speed Study and a member of the NZ Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Control Review Committee.
Helen is Urban Connection's Business Administrator and is responsible for the day to day operation of the business and project administration.
Vicki is the Executive Assistant to Tony and Aaron as well as our HR Manager.