Dr Ryder is currently Director and Environmental Scientist at Ryder Environmental which provides advice and services in relation to freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecology and water quality. He also has an extensive record of accomplishments in environmental decision-making as an independent RMA commissioner, including on one of the EPA’s marine decision-making committees. Dr Ryder’s science background, experience in decision-making and understanding of the environmental management system will provide a valuable perspective and contribution to the EPA Board’s work.
The appointment brings the EPA Board to its eight-member capacity.
The EPA is responsible among other things for:
- regulating and making decisions on hazardous substances and new organisms, and specified marine activities in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone
- operating the New Zealand Emissions Trading Register under the Emissions Trading Scheme.
The Ministry for the Environment assist the Minister for the Environment Hon David Parker and Associate Minister for the Environment Hon Eugenie Sage with making appointments to the EPA Board. This is part of our role as the government department which monitors the EPA.