EECA board appointments announced

  • Gerry Brownlee
Energy and Resources

Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced changes to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) board.

EECA is a Crown agent with the role of encouraging, promoting and supporting energy efficiency, energy conservation and the use of renewable sources of energy. Its board is appointed by the Minister.

Dr Andrew Pearce, a former chief executive of Landcare Research, has been reappointed a member and appointed deputy chair for a term of two years.

Newly appointed members are Terrence Currie, Mervyn English and Marion Cowden, who have been appointed for three years, while Mark Oldfield’s appointment is for two years.

Roger Sutton was reappointed chair of the EECA board for three years in May 2010.

Mr Brownlee said the appointments brought a good mix business acumen and institutional knowledge to the board.

He acknowledged outgoing board members for their contribution to the operation of the authority and the commitment they have shown in their governance roles.

The outgoing members are Alastair Patrick (deputy chair), David Caygill, Greg Sise, Penelope Hulse, Joel Cayford and Toni Owen.

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority board members

Roger Sutton is chief executive of Orion New Zealand and is a director of 4RF Communications Limited. He has previously been a director of Australian energy companies Energetics and Energy Developments. He has also been a trustee of Community Energy Action, a Christchurch based trust that supports energy efficiency initiatives for low income households.

Dr Andrew Pearce is a former chief executive of Landcare Research with more than 30 years of commercial experience as a practising engineer and researcher in environmentally responsible development. He has spent three years on the EECA board where he has added value to the organisation’s strategic planning, performance management and reporting.

Terrence Currie has more than 40 years experience in business. He is currently chairman of the Major Electricity Users Group, provides strategic consultancy services through TC Associates, and previously worked as executive director of the New Zealand Pulp and Paper Industry Association.

Mervyn English was general manager of the Electricity Commission from 2004 to October 2010 and has over 30 years experience in both private and pubic sector roles. He oversaw the development of a substantial electricity efficiency programme during his time at the commission (subsequently transferred to EECA as one of the 29 measures the government is implementing to improve the performance of the electricity market).

Marion Cowden is a chartered accountant who recently worked as interim chief financial officer for the Department of Building and Housing, and is a member of the independent expert advisory committee of the World Health Organisation. Ms Cowden has 30 years experience in private and public sector management and governance role, both locally and overseas.

Mark Oldfield is a director of Brenchley Farms. He has over 30 years experience working with businesses and communities in the Canterbury region. From 1997 to 2010 he was a member of the Canterbury Regional Council. He was vice president of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.