EECA has welcomed Andrew Knight, Dr Daniel Tulloch, Judi Jones and Christopher Boyle to its board.

The incoming board members were appointed by the Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods.

EECA Board Chair Elena Trout, who has already been reappointed for another three years, says the four new members will add new and varied perspectives and experience to EECA’s governance.

“EECA is growing in size and impact, as we work with everyone from the very largest energy users to everyday homeowners to deliver energy and emissions savings. Energy use in Aotearoa New Zealand is changing, and EECA needs to bring New Zealanders on the journey.

“I am pleased to have such an engaged, diverse Board to guide EECA strategically over the next few years – years that are crucial for emissions reduction in this country.” 

Andrew Knight has been Chief Executive of Gas Industry Co since March 2018, before which he was Managing Director and Chief Executive of New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG) and was on the Gas Industry Co Board from 2012 to 2016. He has also previously held executive management roles with Vector Limited, the NGC Holdings Limited Group of Companies, The Australian Gas Light Company and Fletcher Challenge Energy.

Dr. Daniel Tulloch is a consultant specialising in sustainable finance, energy, and climate change. He earned his PhD in finance with a focus on energy sector reforms, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford studying sustainable finance and stranded assets in high-CAPEX industries. Since 2018, Daniel has held numerous governance roles, demonstrating his strong leadership capabilities. He is a firm believer in embracing diversity of thought and perspective within these roles. Daniel is an experienced director and has held a number of governance roles since 2018.

Wellington-based lawyer Judi Jones was Australia’s Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and before that, the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner in New Zealand. She is a director on the Sustainability Trust and has held various governance and administrative tribunal roles including as Chair of Consumers’ Institute.

Christopher Boyle is an engineer with 30 years experience in the electricity industry and 20 years’ experience in governance, ranging from not-for-profits, sports trusts, national sport bodies, local government, technology start ups, industry bodies and publicly listed companies. He is the Director of Horizons Energy Group and Fabrum Solutions, which he co-founded in Christchurch in 2004, and which has grown to this year raise $23 million from overseas investors to advance green hydrogen technologies.

The four new appointees replace Dr Linda Wright, Norman Smith, and Loretta Lovell, who are all stepping down.

Elena Trout says “I want to acknowledge and thank Linda, Norman and Loretta for their commitment and contributions over the last few years. We wish them all well in their new endeavours and feel grateful they have left the board in excellent standing for the next phase of EECA’s work.”