Environmental Choice New Zealand is managed by The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust, an independent, not-for-profit organisation.
Andy joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in 2020 as Director Auckland.
He has significant government experience and prior to his current role spent 15 years working for the Ministry for Primary Industries focused on policy development and natural resource management. Over that period Andy had secondments to the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Private Secretary to Hon Stuart Nash, the then Minister of Fisheries.
Environmental sustainability, and the science that supports it, have been a feature throughout Andy’s career and prior to joining government he spent 9 years in marine research at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research.
Andy holds a Master of Science degree in environmental and marine science from Auckland University, and a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Sarah was appointed in 2018 to lead Colmar Brunton, New Zealand’s leading agency for market and social research after being invited to join the business in 2013 as Chief Client Officer.
Prior to that she spent 12 years in the United Kingdom as an international researcher and planner. She is skilled in using human understanding combined with data-based insights to identify growth opportunities for businesses and brands.
In the last five years Sarah has championed important projects for the business including the Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index, published annually in the National Business Review. She has also fronted Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures Report, a longitudinal study that raises the profile of the need for sustainable practices in business. She is a member of Kantar’s Leadership Acceleration Programme and won Gold at the 2018 Research Association Effectiveness Awards NZ for her reputation building work with Fonterra.
Colmar Brunton is owned by Kantar, one of the world’s largest research, data and insights agencies and part of the WPP network.
Huia joined ecostore as research and development manager in 2007. Prior to joining ecostore, Huia was the research and development manager at Fletcher Building in their specialist Coil Coating operation and quality and research development chemist in dental and paint industries. Huia holds a BSc Chemistry from Auckland University.
For the past twelve years, Huia has been at the tiller of ecostore’s product development program. Taking the vision from ecostore’s founders Malcolm and Melanie Rands and realising it through elegant plant and mineral based products. Huia’s career in small and large entities at different stages of their sustainability journeys has brought valuable experience to ecostore. He deeply considers and balances both human and environmental factors, whilst delivering financial value. Huia understands the challenges facing businesses endeavouring to adopt sustainable practices. Huia’s focus on renewable technology helped materialise a global first in converting ecostore packaging from petrochemical plastic to plastic made from sugarcane. His holistic approach ensures adherence to the purpose and principles which underpins the number one most recognised sustainable brand for five years in a row (Colmar Brunton Better Futures Report, 2014-2018).
Cassie is an Investment Manager at Movac, a New Zealand based technology focused venture capital fund. In her previous role at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, she helped start-ups craft their business model into an attractive proposition, before supporting them to raise capital. Cassie is also the Founder of OnBoard, a programme giving governance exposure to top talent through workshops and Observer roles on top startup boards. Prior to returning home to New Zealand Cassie held advisory roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deutsche Bank in London.
Cassie strives to drive better outcomes - whether it is helping to grow New Zealand businesses through capital, building a pipeline of tomorrow's directors, or moving companies towards better environmental outcomes.
Cassie is a MBA Graduate from IE Business School (Madrid), and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago.
Andrew is Director of Movida NZ Ltd, a brand marketing consultancy. He has 25 years’ experience in strategic branding, marketing consulting and management leadership roles.
He has worked with local and international companies across a broad spectrum of industries, assisting them in rethinking their brands and developing their strategic and creative roadmaps.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, has lived abroad for many years and is passionate about Aotearoa’s potential as a model for sustainable performance and as a catalyst for a global change for good.
Rohan has 20 years’ experience in a range of roles in urban development, housing policy and sustainability strategy. She has excelled in a number of leadership roles in the built environment and is currently Director, Building Sustainability, Innovation and Standards at Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities. Highly qualified, Rohan holds degrees in Political Studies, Building Science and Architecture.
Rohan has international experience and has worked at different tiers of government across New Zealand, Australia and more recently the UK. Rohan worked alongside the founding Chief Executive to establish and grow the New Zealand Green Building Council as an influential industry organisation in the property sector.
Rohan initially served as a Trustee of Environmental Choice New Zealand from 2015 to 2018 and has now re-joined the Trust following her return from the UK.
Gael has significant governance and executive leadership experience in the local government, corporate and community sectors. Over a career spanning the past four decades, Gael has worked at the forefront of environmental stewardship, climate action and sustainability in New Zealand and overseas.
Gael has held a number of previous governance roles. Over the past few years, she has been an active member of the Auckland Carbon Action Plan Steering Group , Chair of the Natural Environment Steering Group and Auckland Council’s nominated trustee on the Te Motu a Hiaroa (Puketutu Island) Governance Trust working alongside mana whenua and iwi to develop the island. External to council, Gael has been either the Founder, Chair or a Board member for the Sustainable Business Network, Enviro-schools, Resource Management Law Association and the Tread Lightly Charitable Trust.
Gael has recently resigned as the General Manager Environmental Services at Auckland Council, following eight years in the role. During this time Gael led a department of 140 staff responsible for Auckland Council’s 10 -year $500 million capital and operating investment in community climate action, education for sustainability, biodiversity and biosecurity programmes. Prior to Auckland Council, Gael was a Senior Principal with AECOM (formerly URS) where she founded and led the company’s sustainability and climate change practices in New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Through these leadership positions, Gael has amassed significant overseas experience carrying out environmental management projects in more than 30 countries.
As a Social Entrepreneur, Gael has been a driving force behind the Tread Lightly Caravan which has successfully educated thousands of New Zealand school children to consciously change their lifestyle for the betterment of the planet. She is currently in the process of launching a new business venture to highlight and celebrate New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.
Francesca Lipscombe is the General Manager of The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust. She has a degree in Marketing and Operations from the University of Waikato and 17 years’ experience in a variety of sales and marketing roles. Francesca has been with the Trust for over 5 years and during this time has developed strong relationships with licensees and strategic partners here in New Zealand and GEN colleagues from around the world. She has a genuine interest in the environment and sustainable business practices and takes great pleasure in working with New Zealand businesses to promote and develop the Environmental Choice label.
Keeli joined Environmental Choice as the Administration Manager in October 2018. Keeli will be the first port-of-call when making contact with our office, using her sound background in management and accounting to support our everyday operations. As a mother of two, Keeli is passionate about ensuring a sustainable future for our planet and future generations. She’s proud and excited to be a part of ECNZ and we’re pleased to have her onboard.