Gillian Blythe

Chief Executive
Water New Zealand

Gillian is Chief Executive of Water New Zealand, a not-for-profit member organisation promoting and enabling the sustainable management and development of the water environment. She previously worked as head of strategy and regulatory affairs over a 20 year period for Meridian Energy. Over the years Gillian has participated in many sector advisory groups covering retail, wholesale, transmission and climate action matters.

Gillian’s introduction to New Zealand was with London Economics and the Wholesale Electricity Market Development Group in 1994. Subsequently, she worked for ECNZ as a member of their team working on the NZEM industry self governance rules. After a brief period back in the UK, Gillian returned to New Zealand and was part of the small Electricity Reform Transition Unit (ERTU) which advised the Crown on the split of ECNZ to form Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and Mercury (formerly, Mighty River Power).

Gillian has a BSc Economics and MSc in Natural Resource & Environmental Economics from University College London.