The last week of May saw the Commission farewell Chairman Dr Mark Berry, after a decade in the role.
With functions in both Auckland and Wellington, MCed by Commission Chief Executive Adrienne Meikle, staff and stakeholders had the opportunity to pay tribute to Dr Berry, reflect on the role he has played over the last decade and acknowledge the huge contribution he has made to the Commission and its work.
With Dr Berry’s departure, the Commission welcomed a familiar face, Anna Rawlings, into the role of Chair. Ms Rawlings is no stranger to the Commission, having been first appointed as a Commissioner back in 2014. In the 5 years since then she has sat on the Commission’s Consumer and Commerce Act divisions and has frequently been the face and voice of the Commission in the media when discussing our ongoing work to protect New Zealand consumers. She has also worked with the regulation branch on the dairy industry review and more recently with the telecommunications division on its retail service quality work.
Ms Rawlings says, “The Commission is filled with very capable people who share a real commitment to making New Zealanders better off. I am really proud of the work that we do and of the contribution that each member of staff makes every day. Mark’s significant contribution to the Commission leaves us very well placed for the future and I am excited to lead the Commission while we build on that.”
Prior to coming to the Commission Anna was a partner in the dispute resolution division of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, where she specialised in competition, regulatory and consumer law.