Speaker Date Topic
Mervyn English Feb 07, 2023
Experiences from New Zealand's public and private sectors.
Experiences from New Zealand's public and private sectors.

Mervyn English has held senior roles in both the public and private sectors via roles such as leading the NZ Treasury SOE (State Owned Enterprises) team, and being in the senior executive teams for the Natural Gas Corporation and Transalta.

His governance experience is broad, apart from the SOE leadership role where he was responsible for overseeing the Governments portfolio of commercial entities and setting up several new SOEs, he has been the Director of Governance in the Ministry of Health responsible for DHB Boards and other entities.  Along with this he has been a director for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Hillary Outdoors Trust.

He was recruited to establish NZ’s first Electricity Market Regulator. In this role he oversaw substantial new investment in the national transmission grid and the resolution of a number of important market function issues.  

Mervyn was also an Assistant Commissioner at the NZ State Services Commission responsible for the natural resources sector, was an executive in a Wrightson subsidiary, and Deputy Director General for Strategy and People at the Department of Conservation.

Currently he lives in Southland and works part time for the Department of Conservation leading Treaty of Waitangi Settlement implementation work.

Mervyn holds an MBA – Master of Business Administration (with Distinction), has attended executive education programmes at Harvard and the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

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