New Environmental Protection Authority Board appointment announced

Date:  18 August 2020

Dr Andrea Byrom has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Board.

Dr Byrom is currently a director of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge Ngā Koiora Tuku Iho, stepping down from this role in December 2020, and is on the governance group for Predator Free Hawkes Bay. She held various science leadership roles at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research for over 20 years. 

Her deep strategic knowledge of the New Zealand science sector and how it connects with regional and central government agencies will be of value to the EPA Board. She values evidence-based decision-making and has a deep understanding of, and commitment to Māori values and tikanga, which aligns with the EPA’s organisational culture.

Her appointment replaces Dr Nicki Crauford, who stepped down from the Board in June after completing her third term.

The EPA is responsible among other things for:

  • regulating and making decisions on hazardous substances and new organisms, and specified marine activities in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone 
  • operating the New Zealand Emissions Trading Register under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

The Ministry for the Environment assist the Minister for the Environment Hon David Parker and Associate Minister for the Environment Hon Eugenie Sage with making appointments to the EPA Board. This is part of our role as the government department which monitors the EPA.

EPA Board appointment – biography of Dr Andrea Byrom

Dr Andrea Byrom has served as a director of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge since 2015. She is stepping down from this role in December 2020. Andrea is currently on the governance group for Predator Free Hawkes Bay and the advisory board of the Science Media Centre. She is trained as a scientist in wildlife population ecology and held various science leadership roles at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research for over 20 years. Her deep strategic knowledge of the New Zealand science sector and how it connects with regional and central government agencies will be of value to the EPA Board. She values evidence-based decision-making and has a deep understanding of, and commitment to Māori values and tikanga.