Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority - Board Member

About the Board

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is established under the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Act 2000.

EECA’s functions, as set out in section 21 of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000, are to encourage, promote and support energy efficiency, energy conservation and the use of renewable sources of energy. This is done through:

  • Raising awareness of energy efficiency and renewable energy in society
  • Industry promoting practices and technologies to further energy efficiency
  • Monitoring energy efficiency in New Zealand
  • Conducting research, and
  • Liaising with government on energy efficiency matters.

EECA as a Crown entity

EECA is a Crown agent under the Crown Entities Act 2004.  As a Crown agent, EECA can be directed to give effect to Government policy that relates to the entity’s functions and objectives.

The Crown Entities Act 2004 provides a framework for Crown entity governance and accountability, including responsibilities of board members, disclosure of interests, and the roles of Ministers. It is available at New Zealand Legislation(external link)

The Minister of Energy and Resources is the Responsible Ministers for EECA. Under the Crown Entities Act 2004, Ministers have powers with regard to all entities on matters of strategic direction, targets, funding, performance, reporting and reviews.  

For more information about EECA and the Board see Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority(external link)

Board membership

The EECA Board

EECA has an independent board, with six to eight members, as set out in section 24 of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.  Board members are appointed by the Minister of Energy and Resources and appointments are governed by the provisions of the Crown Entities Act 2004 as they apply to Crown agents.

The EECA Board has a strategic management function and is not expected to conduct the day-to-day affairs of EECA. The Board’s role is to focus on the critical strategic and operational issues by which the overall success of EECA in achieving its objectives will be measured.

Collective and individual duties of Board members

Board members are subject to the collective and individual duties of members set out in sections 58 and 59 of the Crown Entities Act.

The collective duties of Board members are to ensure the Board’s functions are performed efficiently, effectively and consistently in the spirit of the public service, and in a financially responsible manner.

The individual duties of Board members are:

  • To act with honesty and integrity
  • To act in good faith and not at the expense of the entity’s interests
  • To act with reasonable care, due diligence and skill
  • Not to disclose, or make use of information that would otherwise not be available to them.

Further information on how the relationships between Crown entities, Ministers, and departments work in practice can be found on the State Services Commission’s website(external link)

Criteria for appointment

Section 29 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 requires the responsible Minister to:

  • Only appoint or recommend a person who, in the responsible Minister’s opinion, has the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to assist the statutory entity to achieve its objectives and perform its functions; and
  • In appointing or recommending an appointment, take into account the desirability of promoting diversity in the membership of Crown entities.

General skills relevant to members of a Crown entity board

  • Extensive governance experience, in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Experience in areas such as accountancy, law, risk management and commerce
  • Strong relationship management skills, including working effectively with peers and developing valuable strategic connections with industry, consumers and other stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to reason objectively and convey ideas clearly and accurately.
  • A clear sense of public accountability and understanding of the relationships between Government and Crown entities.

Members must be aware of the importance of personal integrity and the need to disclose any interests they have or are likely to have in matters relating to EECA, whether or not these create a conflict of interest.  Members must also be sure that they have the interest and enthusiasm needed to contribute effectively to the performance of the entity throughout their term of membership.

Board members’ term of appointment

Members are appointed for terms of up to three years. Board members continue in office despite the expiry of their term until they are reappointed, their successor is appointed, or the member is informed that they are not to be reappointed and that no successor is to be appointed at that time.

Members of the EECA Board may resign by written notice to the responsible Minister. The responsible Minister may, at any time and entirely at their discretion, remove any members of the Board. This removal must be made by written notice.

Remuneration and meetings

The current remuneration for an EECA Board member is $14,700 per annum. In addition to fees, members are entitled to be reimbursed for actual and reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out the duties of the Board. 

The Board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out its role. Meetings are generally held in Wellington. Board materials are distributed to Board members in sufficient advance of the Board meetings to allow members to be thoroughly prepared.

Board members are expected to attend and participate regularly in meetings consistent with general fiduciary standards and the governance requirements under the Crown Entities Act.

Under the Crown Entities Act, a quorum is half the number of members (if the board has an even number of members) or a majority of the members (if the board has an odd number of members).

Person specifications

Skills, experience and attributes required

Section 25 of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 states that the Minister must, in appointing a member of the EECA Board, ensure that, collectively, the Board has a balanced mix of knowledge and experience in matters relevant to EECA’s functions.

This includes knowledge of and experience in:

  • The energy sector
  • The environment
  • Community organisations
  • Commerce, marketing, and communications
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Science and technology.

Specific skills required at this time

At this time, the Minister of Energy and Resources is seeking candidates who have a genuine interest in ECCA’s mission to contribute to the decarbonisation and reduction of New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions, and have the following specific skills and experience:

  • Commercial acumen and financial management, OR
  • Process engineering – particularly around emerging technology in the energy sector

In addition, candidates should have:

  • Experience in the application of energy efficiency in the industrial manufacturing sector
  • Governance experience, ideally with experience working across a number of agencies

Disclosure of interest

Section 31 of the Crown Entities Act requires that before a person is appointed as a member of a Crown entity, the person must:

  • Consent in writing to being a member
  • Certify that they are not disqualified from being a member under section 30(2) of the Act; and
  • Disclose to the responsible Minister the nature and extent (including monetary value, if quantifiable, of all interests that the person has at that time, or is likely to have, in matters relating to the entity.

As part of the appointment process, candidates are required to complete a Disclosure Form. The information that is disclosed by the candidates enables the responsible Minister to know the relevant interests and any conflicts that a person may have in relation to an appointment to an entity. The information is used to assess whether a candidate would be able to contribute effectively to the entity’s affairs, and where conflicts are identified, to ensure that these can be managed appropriately. 

Additional information

For enquiries about the position, email board.appointments@mbie.govt.nz