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

Tom Campbell, Chairman - BSc, AFInstD

Re-appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2016.

A metallurgist by profession, Tom has a distinguished career in New Zealand and overseas 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 Canada.

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

He is a director of PowerNet Ltd, Electricity Invercargill Ltd and Todd Corporation Ltd.

Marion Cowden, Deputy Chairwoman - 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. 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.

She 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 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 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 Deputy Director-General (Strategy and Innovation Group) at the Department of Conservation.

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.

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

Re-appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2016.

Elena is an engineer with extensive experience in the planning, development, construction and management of large engineering and technical projects.

She has held 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, while with Auckland Regional Transport, led 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.

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

Elena is on the board of Marsden Maritime Holdings and Contact Energy. Elena is also President and fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

Hon Phil Heatley – M HortSci (Hons)

Appointed for three years commencing 1 February 2016.

Hon Phil Heatley has extensive experience in New Zealand’s resources and primary industries.

He served as Minister of Energy and Resources from December 2011 to January 2013, with oversight of EECA and the Electricity Authority. He also held the Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Housing portfolios.

Born and raised in Northland, he was the Member of Parliament for the region's largest city, Whangarei, for 15 years.

He has a Master's degree with Honours in Horticultural Engineering from Massey University, and is a fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Inc (IPENZ).