Patrick English has been involved with China and international trade since 1989. He has a BA in Chinese studies and International Relations and a Masters in International Management and Chinese from the University of Waikato and was one of the earliest recipients of an Asia 2000 Scholarship (now Asia New Zealand Foundation). Patrick is an experienced Trade Commissioner and diplomat having served in Shanghai as Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul General from 1996, in Beijing as Consul Commercial from 2002, and Guangzhou/ Southern China as Consul General and Trade Commissioner from 2009. During his time with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Patrick represented NZTE on the New Zealand China FTA negotiations team and led the market implementation programme for the NZ China FTA agreement.
In 2013, after more than 17 years with NZTE, Patrick returned to New Zealand to become the first Executive Director for the then newly established New Zealand China Council, a role he held for more than 3.5 years. He finished with the China Council in 2016, heading back into the private sector. Patrick is on the advisory Board of Confucius in Auckland along with other advisory and board roles and is a conference and seminar speaker/moderator on the New Zealand China relationship. In 2015, Patrick was also appointed as the founding Chair of the Ministry for Primary Industry’s China-New Zealand Growth Partnership Executive Group, an advisory board of government agencies and private organisations that develops cooperation, training and education programmes to support bilateral trade agreement and arrangements.