Patrick English is the former Executive Director of the New Zealand China Council, established in 2012 as a key part of the Government’s NZ Inc China Strategy, aiming to retain and strengthen New Zealand's relationship with China.

Mr English worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for more than 17 years, including more than 12 years living and working in China. He served in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, as well as Malaysia, as Trade Commissioner.

A member of the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement negotiations team, Mr English led the market implementation programme for the agreement.

He has an M.A. in International Management and Chinese from the University of Waikato.