Penny Nelson – Deputy Secretary Environmental Performance, Innovation & Climate
Penny Nelson holds policy responsibility for climate change, the marine environment and hazardous substances and new organisms. This includes oversight of the Environmental Protection Authority. She is also responsible for environmental monitoring and reporting, the Ministry’s interests in the science system, New Zealand’s commitments to international environmental agreements, and leadership of the Natural Resources Sector.
She brings a strong focus on building partnerships across sectors and a wealth of leadership experience in government, business and the scientific community including the Sustainable Business Council, Ministry for Social Development, Dairy NZ and Landcare Research.
Penny has returned to the Ministry, having worked here between 1998 and 2004. Penny holds a Masters of Science (Hons) in Resource Management from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and English Literature from Otago University.