Commission members

The Governor-General, on the recommendation of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, 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


Dr Mark Berry was appointed Chairman in April 2009. His current term extends until 31 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. Mark is also an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a position he will hold until 31 March 2019.
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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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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 infrastructure economics and competition proceedings at the infrastructure consulting firm Castalia, and before that at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
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Anna Rawlings


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


Dr Jill Walker commenced her term as a Commissioner on 1 December 2015, following her appointment as an Associate Commissioner in November 2010. She has also been a Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in Australia since September 2009. 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.
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Elisabeth Welson


Elisabeth Welson has been a member of the Commerce Commission since September 2012, first as Associate Commissioner and then as a Commissioner on 19 August 2013. Before joining the Commission, Elisabeth was a senior commercial Partner at law firm 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.

Sarah Court

Associate Commissioner

Sarah Court was appointed an Associate Commissioner in December 2015. She has been a Commissioner of the ACCC since April 2008, being reappointed for a further five-year term in 2013. She is a former senior executive lawyer and director with the Australian Government Solicitor. She brings to her role extensive experience in Commonwealth legal work, including restrictive trade practices, consumer protection and law enforcement litigation. Sarah oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and is chair of the Enforcement Committee and the Legal Committee. Sarah also sits on the Merger Review Committee, the Adjudication Committee and the Infrastructure Committee. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Adelaide as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the ANU.
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Graham Crombie

Associate Commissioner

Graham Crombie was appointed in July 2015 as an Associate Commissioner for a five year term. Graham is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants ANZ and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a previous president and chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Graham has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and was awarded a Masters of Design Enterprise. He has 30 years' experience in professional services firms specialising in audit and consulting. Since 2013 he has been acting as an independent director to a range of organisations in both the private and public sector.

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Cease and Desist Commissioner

Michael Behrens QC

Cease and Desist Commissioner