Steering Committee

Penny Nelson

Penny Nelson

Ministry of Primary Industries

Deputy Director General Policy and Trade

Penny joined the Ministry for Primary Industries as the Deputy Director General Policy and Trade in August 2018.

With almost 20 years’ experience in public policy, Penny has worked across a range of portfolio areas including environment, economic development and social development. Prior to joining MPI Penny was the Deputy Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment where she was responsible for climate change, the marine environment, environmental reporting and the science system.

Penny has also worked within the private and science sectors including roles at DairyNZ, the Sustainable Business Council and Landcare Research.

Penny holds a Masters of Science in Resource Management (Honours) from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Otago