Our Board

EECA is governed by a board of 6 to 8 members who are appointed by and report to the Minister of Energy and Resources.

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

About the Board

Board members are responsible for our supervision and direction, including our long term strategic financial plan, strategic initiatives, budgets and policy. The board is also responsible for the EECA Statement of Intent and the Purchase Agreement with the Minister of Energy and Resources, which sets out what we’ll deliver with our funding.

EECA Board members

Elena Trout (Chair) - B Technology (Biotechnology) and M Engineering (Civil)

Appointed as Chair 2019 (three year term)

Elena has been a member of the EECA board since February 2013 and was appointed Chair in September 2019.

She is  a fellow of Engineering NZ and Past President of Engineering NZ and holds a Masters of Civil Engineering degree from Canterbury University.  She has held a number of executive positions in the transport, infrastructure and energy sectors and has extensive experience in the management of infrastructure services, planning and delivery of large infrastructure developments.  Elena is an experienced director, and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. She is currently a director of Harrison Grierson, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd. Contact Energy, Ngapuhi Assets Holding Co Ltd and Callaghan Innovation.  Elena is also an external advisory member of the joint New Zealand Defence and Ministry of Defence Capability Governance Board. She is often called to undertake independent assessments of organisation’s infrastructure programmes and has recently completed chairing the independent Government Inquiry into the 2017 Auckland Fuel.

Catherine Taylor, Deputy Chair - BCA, BA

Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2017.

Catherine is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior management positions in the public and private sector including five years as Director and Chief Executive of Maritime New Zealand.

Her current governance roles include Board Member of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Chair of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy Investment Advisory Group, Deputy Chair of Nelson Airport Limited, Chair of Diabetes New Zealand, Trustee of the John Nesfield Trust and Trustee of the New Zealand Law Foundation.

Past roles include Director of the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research (now Plant and Food Research), Member of the Civil Aviation Authority, Member of the Building Practitioners Board, Member of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and Trustee of the Life Flight Trust.

David Coull - BCA, LLB (Hons), LLM

First appointed 1 February 2014, re-appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2017.

David, a commercial lawyer and partner at Bell Gully, has more than 10 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 and Deputy Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ).

Karen Sherry - QSM, BA, MA (Hons), LLB (Hons), C.FlnstD

Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2017.

Karen Sherry is a principal of law firm Donnell Sherry where she specialises in commercial and trust law.

Karen has extensive experience in the energy industry.  She is a trustee and former Chair of Entrust.

Karen is also a chartered fellow of the institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Norman Smith - Dip. Energy Management (CIT)

Appointed for three years commencing 16 September 2019. Norman is a consultant and academic who has worked on energy efficiency and renewable energy start-ups across the economy. This includes research, strategic and operational projects, and leading post graduate level training programmes in energy management-carbon reduction for New Zealand's largest private companies, the energy sector, central and local government.

He is a foundation member and the 6th life member of the Energy Management Association (in October 2019 to be re-named Carbon and Energy Manager Professionals New Zealand). He has worked with iwi and community organisations in a number of regions setting up residential energy efficiency retrofit enterprises.

Dr Linda Wright - Ph.D, BSc (Hons)

Dr Linda Wright has been at the forefront of driving innovation and change across the sustainability, solid waste and renewable energy sectors for the past 20 years.  As a consultant Linda has provided strategic advice and technical expertise to a wide range of public and private sector organisations ranging from small and medium sized businesses to large multinational organisations and Central and Local Government.

In 2016 Linda founded the New Zealand Hydrogen Energy Consortium. She is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Hydrogen Association and is on the International Greenhouse Gas Working Group of the global Aluminium Stewardship Initiative.  Her earlier roles include Solid Waste Manager with Queenstown Lakes District Council, and Sustainable Waste Management Specialist with MWH Global.