Dr Mark Berry
ChairDr Mark Berry was appointed Chair in April 2009 for a term of 18 months; this was subsequently extended to five years, expiring in 2014. He previously held the position of Deputy Chair between 1999 and 2001. Mark has specialised in competition law and economic regulation. He is a former partner of law firm Bell Gully and former consultant with Chapman Tripp. Since 2002 he has been in practice as a barrister sole. Mark holds a doctorate from Columbia University, New York. He has taught Contract Law, Competition Law and Securities Regulation at Otago University Law school, and is a member of the International Advisory board at the Institute for Consumer Anti-trust studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mark was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for a three year term effective 1 December 2010.
Deputy ChairSusan Begg was appointed a Commissioner in June 2009, and in July 2010 the Minister of Commerce announced her appointment as deputy chair of the Commerce Commission for a four year term. She is an economist, and director and co-founder of the consultancy company Impetus Group Limited. Her previous roles include Vice-President and head of the economic advisory unit of the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston NZ Limited (and its predecessor companies) and manager of the Macroeconomic Policy section at the Treasury. In her consultancy roles Susan has provided regulatory advice to government and to regulated industries. She was an advisor to the Commerce Commission from 2002 until 2005 on the development of the threshold regime and the Gas Control Inquiry.
CommissionerAnita Mazzoleni is an independent corporate finance adviser and company director . She was appointed in 2005 as an Associate Commissioner and appointed as a Commissioner in April 2009 for a term of five years. She has a BCom and LLB and is a CA and Solicitor (NZ). Anita has had a commercial career in industry and finance, particularly the evaluation and funding of infrastructure. She has previously held senior positions in the public and private sector, having worked as General Counsel of Contact Energy, Director of Deloitte Corporate Finance, and General Manager at Citibank. Anita has been a director of Crown Research Institute, Industrial Research Ltd and companies owned by Tamaki Makaurau based Ngati Whatua o Orakei Corporate Ltd. She is currently a Board Member of the Civil Aviation Authority and Aviation Security Services.
CommissionerDonal Curtin was appointed as an Associate Commissioner in January 2001, became a full member of the Commission in November 2002 and was Deputy Chair between July 2008 and March 2009. Donal resigned as Deputy Chair in March 2009, returning to the role of full Commission member. Donal is a business economist with wide experience of applying economics to commercial decisions. Born in Ireland, Donal worked there and in the United Kingdom in a variety of economic roles. He came to New Zealand in 1985 and during a career with the Bank of New Zealand was its Chief Economist and head of its national private banking unit. In May 2002 he was appointed by Parliament's finance and expenditure select committee to advise it on monetary policy. He is an economic consultant.
CommissionerPatrick Duignan was appointed an Associate Commission in June 2009. In June 2010 Patrick was appointed a full member of the Commission until June 2014. He is an economist and corporate financier, and is Principal and Director at Taylor Duignan Barry Limited and Munro Duignan Limited. His previous roles include General Manager Finance for Telecom Corporation, Director in the Investment Banking Division of CS First Boston NZ Limited, Treasurer of the New Zealand Debt Management Office, and Director Policy Coordination and Development at the Treasury. He is currently an expert (ie, non-board) member of the ACC Investment Committee. Patrick has undertaken a wide range of financial and economic analyses in both the public and private sectors.
Dr Stephen Gale
Telecommunications CommissionerDr Stephen Gale was appointed as the Telecommunications Commissioner in July 2012. Prior to that, he was an Associate Commissioner since July 2010. He has specialised for some years in energy economics and competition proceedings at the infrastructure consulting firm Castalia, and before that at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Stephen has worked on a variety of competition topics including the design of the electricity market, radio spectrum auctions and port pricing. He has advised on mergers in a variety of sectors including forestry, supermarkets, newspapers, dairy products, ready mix concrete, farming hardware, building materials and snack foods.
Dr Jill Walker
Associate CommissionerDr Jill Walker was appointed as Associate Commissioner in November 2010. She is also a Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Chair of the International Air Services Commission in Australia. Prior to joining the ACCC, Jill was a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal and worked as an economic consultant for LECG Limited, advising both regulatory agencies and private sector clients on competition and regulatory issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Associate CommissionerElisabeth Welson was appointed in September 2012 as Associate Commissioner. She was most recently a senior commercial Partner at Simpson Grierson where she co-led the firm’s competition and regulatory group and also headed up the energy, natural resources and utilities market group. Elisabeth has 30 years of legal experience that include significant experience in competition, consumer and regulatory law. She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and has practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand as well as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Helen Cull QC
Cease and Desist CommissionerHelen Cull QC was appointed in October 2007. She has extensive experience in a range of litigation and in public law. She has chaired several national inquiries including the State Services Commission Scampi Inquiry, the G Parry Inquiry, Mental Health Inquiries, the Chest Physiotherapy Inquiry and the Fire Service Inquiry. She has served as a company director and board member of several statutory bodies. Helen is currently a Senior Advisory District Inspector of Mental Health, member of the New Zealand Law Society Ethics Committee, and an independent board member of the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association.
The Honourable Sir Ian Barker QC
Cease and Desist CommissionerThe Honourable Sir Ian Barker QC was appointed in October 2007. He retired as a Senior Judge of the High Court of New Zealand in May 1997 after 21 years of service on the Bench, including 11 years as Judge-in-Charge of the Commercial List. He is a past President of the New Zealand Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute, member of arbitration panels in several Pacific Rim arbitration centres, has chaired several arbitral tribunals for the International Chamber of Commerce's Court of Arbitration in Paris, and serves on several Pacific Courts of Appeal. He is also a New Zealand Government nominee to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes' Panel of Arbitrators.