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I’m at EY to have the best and biggest impact I can in empowering a more sustainable future.

Gerri Ward

EY NZ Climate Change and Sustainability Services Director

Passionate about authentic leadership. Here to make a difference. Aspiration to be a positive maverick. Motivated by bringing out the best in our people, and getting what matters done.

Areas of focus Sustainability

Gerri is Director of Climate Change and Sustainability at EY in Wellington. Gerri has over 15 years’ experience in sustainability advice and strategy development. Previously, Gerri was the Head of Sustainability at Z Energy for over 8 years; leading Z’s decarbonization pathway, climate reporting, community impact initiatives, and waste reduction activities. Prior to Z she worked for central government for 7 years: first at the Ministry for Environment for 5 years, where she led the Carbon Neutral Public Service programme and voluntary carbon markets advice to business; and for 2.5 years at the Department of Conservation, where she led the Business and Biodiversity Offsetting CDRP Programme. She has a Masters in International Law from the University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato. 

How Gerri is building a better working world

"We’re all here to make the world a better place, and to build a better working world. I’m here to stand for my place – my tūrangawaewae – to empower and connect us to our place, to protect this place, and to enable it to sustain, and thrive, for the future."

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