Meet the team

CEP staff

Dr Mike Hopkins, CEP Chief Executive Officer

Dr Mike Hopkins

Chief Executive Officer

Mike has a PhD in Finance and MBA and has worked in consulting, educational and marketing roles in Auckland, Bristol, London and Sydney. He is committed to helping members raise their abilities and to helping New Zealand businesses access expertise and knowledge in their pursuit of efficiency and lowering emissions.

Outside the office, Mike is a reluctant DIY-er, hedge-trimmer and lawn-mower, with a soft spot for native wildlife.

Call: 021 210 3728

Email: [email protected]


CEP staff member Maz Arnot

Maz Arnot

Certification, Training and Web Manager

Maz has been with the organisation since 2015, providing support for all our certification, training, marketing and website management, with a focus on providing superb services to members and partners.

Always keen to learn new skills and after completing a Certificate in Accounting, Maz recently completed Diplomas in Web Design, Development and UX Design.

Away from the workplace, Maz unwinds in the Wairarapa, embracing moments of creativity and enjoying the local surroundings.

Call: 04 385 2839

Email: [email protected]

CEP staff member Arlene du Toit

Arlene du Toit

Office and Finance Administrator

Arlene, our dedicated Office and Finance Administrator, plays a vital role in managing training events, overseeing memberships, and handling customer inquiries. Her commitment extends to improving her financial skills. She joined us in early 2023 with extensive experience in customer service and administration. In 2019 Arlene earned a Level 5 NZ Diploma in Business, specialising in Leadership and Management, showcasing her business and tech prowess.

Beyond work, she’s passionate about cybersecurity and cherishes her cat, Alfie. Arlene thrives on helping colleagues and clients, making her an invaluable team member who finds purpose in making a positive impact.

Call: 04 385 2839

Email: [email protected]

CEP Staff member Philip Le Quesne

Philip Le Quesne

Partnership and Engagement Manager

Philip joined us in 2022 to develop the Carbon Auditor and GHG certifications.

This year Philip is here to support and grow our network of corporate partners, sponsors and exhibitors; particularly in the run up to our 2024 conference. Philip comes with a background in engineering, IT, banking, project management, central and local government. He would therefore be delighted to talk with you about your business and discuss how CEP can best partner with your organisation to leverage our mutual skills and capabilities to create exciting business opportunities and outcomes.

Call: 021 055 8788

Email: [email protected]


CEP Staff member Anne Phiri

Anne Phiri


Anne provides support to CEP four mornings a week, updating the CRM database, organising networking events and keeping members up to date with weekly CEP news.

Call: 04 385 2839

Email: [email protected]