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Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced a number of new appointments, and reappointments to the boards of six Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and Research & Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ).

12 reappointments, including several promotions, have been made to the boards of AgResearch, the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science), Landcare Research, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA), New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd (Scion), New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research and Research and REANNZ.

Mr Goldsmith is also welcoming six new appointments including Colin Armer, Jackie Lloyd, and Kim Wallace to the board of AgResearch; and Ngarimu Blair, John Rodwell and Hon Kate Wilkinson to Landcare Research.

“Crown Research Institutes generate tangible benefits for New Zealand by facilitating excellent research that generates ideas and innovations for our industries, promotes evidence that contributes to high-quality decision making, and seeks answers to many of our national challenges,” Mr Goldsmith says.

“REANNZ contributes to the success of New Zealand’s research and education sector, providing the infrastructure that enables growth in data-intensive research.

“These reappointments are a testimony to the strong leadership, commitment, and contribution these members have made to New Zealand’s science system. I welcome the valuable knowledge and experience these appointees bring to these boards,” Mr Goldsmith says.

Southland farmer and former Member of Parliament, Jeff Grant has been elevated to Chair of the AgResearch Board replacing Sam Robinson in 2016.  He is an experienced governor and well qualified for the position, having held roles on a number of agribusiness, research and education boards, as well as the role of deputy Chair at AgResearch since 2016. Andrew Macfarlane has also been reappointed to the AgResearch board.

Sarah Haydon has been reappointed as Deputy Chair of the GNS Science Board. She has strong commercial, financial, and Crown director experience and her current directorships include NZX-listed Cavalier Corporation Ltd, the Co-operative Bank Ltd, and Unitec Institute of Technology. Jane Taylor, Dr Emily Parker, Ngarimu Blair, John Rodwell and Hon Kate Wilkinson have been reappointed to the Landcare Research Board.

Jane Taylor has been reappointed as Chair and Dr Emily Parker as a member of the Landcare Research Board. Jane brings a successful track record as a director within the science system as well as her experience as Chair of New Zealand Post Ltd.

Sir Chris Mace has been reappointed as Chair of the NIWA board, and Nick Main, Dr Helen Anderson and Dr Gillian Lewis have been reappointed as members. Sir Chris has broad director experience and is a former Chair of ESR, Antarctica New Zealand, and the Marine Science Advisory Board of the University of Auckland.

Andrew von Dadelszen, Colleen Neville and Professor SteveWeaver have been reappointed to New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research, Scion and REANNZ boards respectively.

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