New executive director for Sustainable Business Council

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa named new executive director.

BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope has announced Mike Burrell will be the new executive director of the Sustainable Business Council, starting in January 2020.

Burrell is currently New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. Before that he was director for sustainable economic development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, Burrell was the founding CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand, focusing on sustainable growth in aquaculture and sustainable aquaculture practices. Burrell also holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury.

Hope said Burrell’s senior executive experience in the public and private sectors will help maintain and grow SBC’s reputation as one of the most influential voices in the important area of sustainability.

Karen Silk, the SBC advisory board chair and acting general manager, experience Hub, Westpac New Zealand, said the board is looking forward to Burrell joining the council.

“He will bring to the role a deep understanding of environmental and social issues on a global scale as well as the unique New Zealand context in which we operate. He understands the opportunities that sustainability represents for businesses as well as the leadership role that our members play in this area.

“Mike will take up the SBC role with the organisation in very good health, thanks to the outstanding contribution of Abbie Reynolds and the whole SBC team.

“In its 20th year, 114 SBC members are leading change and embracing the opportunities that open up for businesses when they fully integrate care for their environment, their communities and their people into their thinking.”

Burrell will take up the role on 21 January 2020. Outgoing executive director Abbie Reynolds’ last day in the role will be 6 December.

Hope said “Abbie Reynolds has achieved a huge amount in her three and a half years at SBC, including sharing New Zealand business achievements on the Sustainable Development Goals with the world at the United Nations this July, and even more recently being recognised with the Women of Influence: Board and Management award. We wish her all the very best with her future endeavours.”

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