Dr Allan Freeth has been appointed Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Announcing his appointment, EPA Board Chair Kerry Prendergast says Dr Freeth’s passion for science and his very strong leadership profile are qualities that will be immensely valuable as the Authority works towards its future vision of being a world-leading regulator.
Dr Freeth’s previous roles include Chief Executive positions at TelstraClear and Wrightson and senior management roles in Trust Bank.
Dr Freeth was selected following an extensive recruitment drive after the departure of Rob Forlong to Whangarei District Council in June 2015.
Ms Prendergast says Dr Freeth has a dedicated record in governance, including current roles as Chair of Housing NZ Corporation and Triplejump. He is also active in the not-for-profit sector with roles as Chair of Queen Margaret College and Save the Children NZ, Deputy Chairman of FilmNZ and Crimestoppers, and as a director and advisor for a number of charities associated with child and youth organisations, community, and the arts.
Dr Freeth holds a BSc (1st class Honours) degree in Zoology, a Doctorate in Philosophy in Population Genetics, and a MBA with Distinction.
He will take up his position at the Environmental Protection Authority on 1 September 2015.