Phil Barry2021-09-13T01:08:06+00:00

Phil Barry, Director

Phil co-established TDB Advisory in 2002 and has had over thirty years’ experience providing economic and financial advice to leading corporates in the private and public sector.

Phil’s experience as an economist ranges across a number of sectors, including agribusiness, energy, finance, health, housing, justice, state-owned enterprises, telecommunications, transport and water.

His clients in the last five years have included ACC, Contact Energy, the Electricity Authority, Foodstuffs NZ, Goodman Fielder, the Health Funds Association,  Housing NZ, Hutt City Council, MBIE, Meridian Energy, Ministry of Transport, the Treasury, NZ Venture Investment Fund, nib Health Funds, Rangitane Holding Co, the Reserve Bank, Stand Children’s Services, Todd Corporation, Vector and Z Energy.

Services Phil has provided these clients include:

  • Strategic reviews, including reviewing the organisation’s past performance and future direction;
  • Lead advice on acquisitions and divestments of assets, including independent valuations and appraisals, negotiating strategy and execution;
  • Advice and analysis on regulatory and public policy matters, including economic cost-benefit and public policy analysis; and
  • Litigation support, including mediation and expert witness services on economic and financial matters.

Phil has also chaired a number of government reviews, including the Parliamentary Appropriations Review Committee (with Sir Douglas Kidd); the Technical Advisory Group on Air Quality Standards; and strategic reviews of AgResearch, ESR, GNS Science and Plant and Food NZ. He has also acted as mediator or arbitrator on a number of commercial transactions.

As a former Director at the Treasury and Advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Phil provided strategic advice and led the implementation of structural change and regulatory reform in significant parts of the New Zealand economy. Major projects Phil had a key role in include the formation of Fonterra; the privatisations of Auckland and Wellington International Airports; and the financial restructuring and commercialisation of numerous state trading enterprises. During the mid-1990s, Phil served as Counsellor Economic in New Zealand’s Permanent Delegation to the OECD in Paris.

Phil is a member of the International Monetary Fund’s panel of Fiscal Experts and advises the governments of Georgia and Malawi on SOE-related matters. Phil is a former Director, Chair of the Finance Committee and Acting President of NZ Football; a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Wellington Water; and a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Phil has an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester, New York and a BA Hons (1st class) in Economics from Victoria University, Wellington. He is a member of the NZ Economists Association, the Law and Economics Association and the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ.

Phil Barry Economist Wellington TDB Treasury

Phil Barry

MBA (Fin), BA Hons (Econ)

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