Paul Mackay is Manager Employment Relations Policy at Business New Zealand. He has over 30 years high-level experience in the fields of industrial relations, employment law, labour market policy, strategic planning, change management and human resources in central government, state owned enterprise and the private sector. During the 1980s, as a government official, Paul was extensively involved in the huge reforms of the environmental sector, public service and the “Tomorrow’s Schools” reforms of the education service. Paul spent several years at national grid operator Transpower, before working at Ernst & Young and Carter Holt Harvey.

Since joining BusinessNZ in 2006, Paul has represented New Zealand employers internationally on many occasions at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as well as acting as spokesperson for the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on employment related topics. In 2021, he was elected as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation based in Geneva.