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Dr Allan Freeth
Chief Executive, Environmental Protection Authority


Keynote Speaker

Allan Freeth took up the role of Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority in September 2015.

He has extensive experience of both governance and management, and is well-known across New Zealand’s business, cultural, and public sectors.

Dr Freeth’s previous managerial roles include seven years as Chief Executive of TelstraClear Limited (2005 – 2012), and five years as Chief Executive / Managing Director of Wrightson Limited (to 2004).  Prior to that he held senior management roles in Wrightson Rural and at Trust Bank New Zealand Limited.

He was Chair of Triplejump until October 2018 and Housing New Zealand Corporation until July 2015, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Film Solutions until April 2017.  He is also active in the not-for-profit sector, with previous roles as Chair of Queen Margaret College, Save the Children New Zealand and Crimestoppers, Deputy Chairman of Film NZ, and a Director of the Malaghan Institute.

At present, he is a Trustee on the Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum Trust.

Dr Freeth holds a BSc (1st class Honours) degree in Zoology, a Doctorate in Philosophy in Population Genetics, and an MBA with Distinction.


Friday 3rd November



The whales are weeping 

Our planet is in peril – and together we are the first line of defence.  

Every day we hear new stories, and see new evidence, of the strain on our environment. Our biodiversity is under threat, our climate is changing, and we are being told that we have passed the tipping point on many environmental limits. 

At the EPA we are committed to protecting the environment and New Zealanders’ way of life. We know this won’t be easy and without the work of environmental compliance practitioners we know we cannot succeed. 

We must work together to make sure people in Aotearoa New Zealand know, understand, and follow the rules put in place to protect the environment. And when they don’t, we need to be ready to take action. This address will consider the challenge that lies before us – and how we can meet it together.  

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