Commission members

The Governor-General, on the recommendation of the Minister of Commerce, appoints Commission members for their knowledge of, and experience in, areas relevant to the Commission's interests. The Telecommunications Commissioner is appointed on the recommendation of the Minister for Communications and Information Technology.

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Dr Mark Berry

Chairman

Dr Mark Berry was appointed Chairman in April 2009 for a term of 18 months; this was subsequently extended to a five year term. He has been reappointed for a further five year term, which expires in March 2019. Mark is a former partner of law firm Bell Gully and former consultant with Chapman Tripp. Mark has been in practice as a barrister sole since 2002 and holds a doctorate from Columbia University, New York. He is a former member of the faculty at Otago University Law School, and is a member of the International Advisory Board at the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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Sue Begg

Deputy Chair

Sue 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 has been reappointed for a further five year term, which expires in June 2019. Sue is an economist, and director 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.
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Pat Duignan

Commissioner

Pat Duignan was appointed in June 2009 as an Associate Commissioner and in June 2010 as a Commissioner for a term to June 2014. Pat is an economist and corporate financier. 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.
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Dr Stephen Gale

Telecommunications Commissioner

Dr 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.
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Elisabeth Welson

Commissioner

Elisabeth Welson was appointed in September 2012 as Associate Commissioner and as a Commissioner on 19 August 2013. Before joining the Commission, Elisabeth was a senior commercial Partner at Simpson Grierson, where she co-led the competition and regulatory group and headed the energy, natural resources and utilities market group. She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and has practised 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.
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Anna Rawlings

Commissioner

Anna Rawlings was appointed a Commissioner in June 2014. She was previously a partner in the dispute resolution division of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts where she specialised in contentious and non-contentious aspects of competition, regulatory and consumer law. Anna holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland and an LLM from the University of Toronto where her work was focused in law and economics.
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Dr Jill Walker

Associate Commissioner

Dr 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. Before joining the ACCC, Jill was a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal and worked as an economic consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. She also holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Hon Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM

Cease and Desist Commissioner

Michael Behrens QC

Cease and Desist Commissioner