Following his return from a stint as New Zealand Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Guangzhou China, Patrick (‘Pat’) English has been appointed Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council.
A 17-year veteran of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, English has served both in New Zealand and abroad, including roles in Shanghai and Beijing. In addition, he was part of the team that negotiated the FTA with China and oversaw the market implementation of the FTA at the conclusion of negotiations.
On English’s appointment, chairman of the New Zealand China Council, Sir Don McKinnon said, “English will bring a wealth of experience working with both government and business on New Zealand China relations. The council is delighted that he has agreed to take up this important role.”
The New Zealand China Council consists of a number of leaders from key sectors in New Zealand working alongside the Government to achieve mutual goals under the New Zealand China Strategy.
English’s first task will be on preparations for the impending New Zealand China Partnership Forum, which will host its inaugural event in Beijing this April.