Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

New Executive Director for the Sustainable Business Council

BusinessNZ announces new Executive Director for the Sustainable Business Council


BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope has announced that Mike Burrell will be the new Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, starting in January 2020.

"I am delighted to have Mike join the BusinessNZ team to lead the Sustainable Business Council", said Kirk Hope. "Mike’s senior executive experience in the public and private sectors will help maintain and grow SBC’s reputation as one of the most influential voices in the important area of sustainability."

Karen Silk, the SBC Advisory Board Chair and Acting General Manager, Experience Hub, Westpac New Zealand, said "We are very much looking forward to Mike Burrell joining the Sustainable Business Council. He will bring to the role a deep understanding of environmental and social issues on a global scale as well as the unique New Zealand context in which we operate. He understands the opportunities that sustainability represents for businesses as well as the leadership role that our members play in this area.

"Mike will take up the SBC role with the organisation in very good health, thanks to the outstanding contribution of Abbie Reynolds and the whole SBC team. In its 20th year, 114 SBC members are leading change and embracing the opportunities that open up for businesses when they fully integrate care for their environment, their communities and their people into their thinking.

"Mike will take up the role on 21 January 2020. Abbie Reynolds’ last day in the role will be 6 December, and there will be a chance for members to bid her farewell before then. We will greatly miss her warmth and manaakitanga, but we know that Mike will help SBC continue to inspire positive change for sustainable businesses. "

Kirk Hope said "Abbie Reynolds has achieved a huge amount in her 3 ½ years at SBC, including sharing New Zealand business achievements on the Sustainable Development Goals with the world at the United Nations this July, and even more recently being recognised with the Women of Influence: Board and Management award. We wish her all the very best with her future endeavours."

Mike is currently New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. Before that he was Director for Sustainable Economic Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was responsible for leading a division of sector specialists tasked with providing the expertise necessary to implement New Zealand’s $600m aid programme. This included projects in renewable energy, climate change, agriculture, and sustainable fisheries.

Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, Mike was the founding CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand, focussing on sustainable growth in aquaculture and sustainable aquaculture practices. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: Policy Lessons From A Year Of Covid-19

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua was in a sound position to continue to meet its mandate in the face of the COVID-19 induced economic shock. However, we must continue to transform so as to remain relevant and effective in addressing longer-term challenges, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr said... More>>


Transport Industry Association: Feb 2021 New Vehicle Registrations Strongest On Record

Motor Industry Association Chief Executive David Crawford says that the February 2021 figures are the strongest for the month of February ever. Registrations of 12,358 were 8.0% up on February 2020. Year to date the market is up 7.1% (1,735 units) compared to the first two months of 2020... More>>

Paymark: Lockdown Equals Slowdown For Some

The three days of lockdown for Auckland earlier this month made a clear impression on our retail spending figures. While only Auckland moved into Level 3 lockdown, the impact was felt across the country, albeit at different levels. Looking at the ... More>>

Infrastructure Commission: Te Waihanga Releases Report On Water Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s latest discussion document highlights the importance of current reforms in the water sector. Its State of Play discussion document about water infrastructure is one of a series looking at the ... More>>


OECD: Annual Inflation Picks Up To 1.5% In January 2021 While Euro Area Records Sharp Increase To 0.9%

Annual inflation in the OECD area picked up to 1.5% in January 2021, compared with 1.2% in December 2020. Following a rebound between December and January, the annual decline in energy prices was less pronounced in January (minus 3.9%) than in December... More>>


Hemp Industries Association: Could The Next Team NZ Boat Be Made Entirely Of Hemp?

With The America’s Cup due to start in a few days’ time, innovators from a very different sphere have been wondering how long it could be before New Zealand could be competing in a boat entirely built from hemp, with the crew eating high-energy, nutritious hemp-infused foods and wearing high-performance hemp kit..? More>>


ACT: Matariki Almost A Half Billion Dollar Tax On Business

“Official advice to the Government says an extra public holiday at Matariki could cost almost $450 million,” ACT Leader David Seymour can reveal. “This is a perfect example of the Prime Minister doing what’s popular versus what’s responsible. ... More>>

Genesis: Assessing 6,000 GWh Of Renewable Generation Options For Development By 2025

Genesis is assessing 6,000 GWh of renewable generation options for development after starting a closed RFP process with 11 partners. Those invited to participate offer a range of technologies as Genesis continues to execute its Future-gen strategy to ... More>>