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Governance and Board

EECA is governed by a Board. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is responsible for monitoring EECA's performance and advising the Minister on matters relating to EECA.

The EECA Board consists of no fewer than six and no more than eight members who are appointed by and report to the Minister of Energy and Resources.

Members of the Board are responsible for the supervision and direction of EECA, including the long-term strategic financial plan, strategic initiatives, budgets, and the policy framework. The Board is also responsible for EECA's Statement of Intent and the Purchase Agreement with the Minister of Energy and Resources, which sets out what EECA will deliver with the funding allocated to it.

Current EECA Board Members

Tom Campbell, Chair - BSc, AFInstD
Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2013

A metallurgist by profession, Tom has a distinguished career in New Zealand and internationally with the Rio Tinto Group of Companies, including serving as Managing Director of Comalco's operations in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, and Global Head of Research and Technology for Rio Tinto Alcan based in Montreal.

Other governance roles included chairing Comalco and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters' joint ventures with Japanese and American companies.

He is currently Chair of GNS Science Ltd, a director for PowerNet Ltd, Electricity Invercargill Ltd and Todd Corporation Ltd.

Marion Cowden, Deputy Chair - BSc and BCom, MBA (with Distinction)
First appointed 7 December 2010, re-appointed for three years commencing 31 January 2014

Marion is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an independent director.

She has held senior roles in finance and corporate services in the New Zealand and Australian public services and with the Commonwealth Secretariat based in London.

Her current governance roles include Deputy Chair of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) Board and member of The Cooperative Bank Board. In addition Marion is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Ministry for the Environment and provides governance support to a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Past roles include Chair of the Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

Janet Carson - LLB
Reappointed for three years commencing 5 December 2014

Janet Carson has over a decade of experience in public affairs and is a partner in boutique public relations company, Caucus Communications.

As an external affairs specialist, she has held senior management positions in the energy sector with Todd Energy and Contact Energy. Janet has worked internationally with Shell International in the Netherlands and at Aadland Flint advertising agency in Anchorage, Alaska.

Janet has held management roles in the public sector, including as Communications Director for Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Maori Development. She is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

David Coull - BCA, LLB (Hons), LLM 
Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2014

David, a commercial lawyer and partner at Bell Gully, has more than ten years' experience in the oil, gas and natural resources sectors, acting for a number of companies operating in the New Zealand energy sector.

His international experience includes a three-year period at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, the leading U.S. corporate law firm, where he acted for corporates such as Nestle S.A., ConocoPhillips, Bristol Myers Squibb and Citigroup on a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions and advisory matters.

He is a Director of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ).

Mervyn English - MBA (with Distinction)
First appointed 7 December 2010, re-appointed for three years commencing 31 January 2014

Mervyn is Assistant Commissioner for the State Services Commission with responsibility for the natural resources sector and the transport sector. Working with Ministers, Boards, Chairs, and CEOs in multiple private and public sector roles, he has created and enabled effective decision making.

He has a proven track record in policy, Government, public administration and leadership.

During his time as General Manager of the Electricity Commission from 2004 to October 2010, Mervyn oversaw the development of a substantial electricity efficiency programme, establishing the new organisation, culture, and team, and developing market functioning through commercial solutions or market enabling regulatory solutions.

Elena Trout - B Technology (Biotechnology) and M Engineering (Civil)
Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2013

Elena is a professional engineer with extensive experience in the planning, development, construction and management of large engineering and technical projects in the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors.

She has held a number of senior management roles, including at KiwiRail Mechanical Services Ltd, Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the consultancy arm of SerCo NZ Ltd. She served with the New Zealand Synthetic Fuels Corporation in Taranaki and during her tenure with the Auckland Regional Transport was responsible for leading the strategy and implementation plans for Auckland's passenger rail services and the subsequent justification of converting to an electrified system.

Elena has also been involved in a number of high profile and nationally significant socio-economic infrastructure projects, including the overhead project which augmented the power supply to the Auckland CBD and leading the team building the Albany to Puhoi highway for Transit NZ.

Having spent six years as a Director of Transpower, Elena has extensive experience in the electricity sector and its governance.

Current board roles include Director for the Electricity Authority and Marsden Maritime Holdings. Elena is also Vice President and Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

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