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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Andrew Macfarlane is currently Chair of the Board of Deer Industry New Zealand, and is a past President of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management.  He is a director of ANZCO Foods Ltd and a number of other farming-related businesses, and is a member of the Lincoln University Council.

Colin Armer is a successful agriculture entrepreneur who has significant governance experience. He was on the Fonterra Board from 2006 to 2012 and is the Chair of Dairy Holdings Ltd.

Jackie Lloyd is a professional director based in Wellington who is currently the Deputy Chair of NZ Post, Chair of the Wellington Museums Trust, and a Council Member of WelTec and Whitireia Institutes of Technology. Prior to her governance career, Ms Lloyd held senior executive Human Resources roles including Director Global Human Resources for NZ Milk Products.

Kim Wallace is a professional director and a chartered accountant based in Christchurch. Her most recent executive role was Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Supply Chain for Westland Milk Products.  Kim is also a director on the Port of Nelson, and Quotable Value boards. Prior to this she held a number of senior finance roles within Fonterra both here and offshore.

Jane Taylor is a Queenstown-based consultant and a highly experienced commercial and Crown director whose career spans finance, law and science.  She is currently the Chair of NZ Post and Predator Free 2050 Ltd, and a director of Silver Fern Farms and Radio New Zealand. She has a particular specialisation in the science and innovation sector, with a successful track record as a director of GNS Science, Scion and REANNZ.

Dr Emily Parker is a Professor at the Ferrier Institute and School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University. She was previously Professor and Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre in the Department of Chemistry at Canterbury University.  Her research areas span chemistry and biochemistry.

Ngarimu Blair is a Trustee of Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust Ltd and a focus of his governance career lies on negotiating and navigating Maori values in natural resource protection. He is currently a director of Ngati Whatua Whai Rawa Ltd which controls the commercial assets of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Tribe, and is a board member of the National Science Challenge and the North Harbour Rugby Union.

John Rodwell is currently a director of several farming businesses, among those are Kintore Dairy Farm, Lindis Crossing Station and Broadfields Farm Ltd.  He is also Advisor to the Board and Manager International Business Development at Lincoln Hub.  Mr Rodwell has both a primary sector and corporate finance background and significant governance experience.

Hon Kate Wilkinson is currently an Environment Court Commissioner and a sheep and arable crop farmer in Canterbury.  Prior to this she was a Member of Parliament and held the following Cabinet posts, Labour, Food Safety and Conservation.  She was elected to Parliament in 2005 and prior to this she was a Barrister and Solicitor based in Christchurch.

Chris Mace is an Auckland-based businessman and company director with experience in the manufacturing, retail, brewing and construction sectors.  He is a former Chair of ESR, Antarctica New Zealand and the Marine Science Advisory Board of the University of Auckland, and he has strong interests in education, conservation and the marine environment.  He is currently a director of Heartland Bank Ltd and Member of the Tertiary Education Commission.

Nick Main is a former audit partner of Deloitte in Auckland, serving as Chair of that firm’s Board from 2005-09.  He is Chair of the Middlemore Foundation and has previously held a range of board roles, including Chair of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and Deputy Chair of the NZ Leadership Institute.

Dr Helen Anderson is a company director, who was most recently the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Research, Science & Technology.  Dr Anderson has a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Cambridge.   Her current governance roles include Pro-Chancellor of Massey University Council, DairyNZ Ltd, Lincoln Hub Ltd, and Chair of BRANZ.

Dr Gillian Lewis is a Professor at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Dr Lewis is a former President of the New Zealand Microbiological Society and holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Otago.

Andrew von Dadelszen has a diverse background spanning farming, finance and local government.  He is a member of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and was a member of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr von Dadelszen has knowledge of primary industry as a sheep and beef farmer and shareholder in the kiwifruit industry.

Colleen Neville is the CEO and previously CFO of Te Arawa Group Holdings.  She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has governance experience as a director of Te Kakano Whakatipu Ltd and Te Ohu Kaimoana. She is former Vice-Chair of Te Reo Irirangi o Te Arawa (the iwi’s radio station) and former director of the Rotorua Public Health Organisation.

Professor Steve Weaver was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Canterbury, where he was also Head of the Geology Department. He has been an executive member of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and was a member of the University of Canterbury Council. He is a former President of the Geological Society of New Zealand and former director of NZ Brain Research Ltd and NZ e-science Infrastructure (NeSI). He is currently a director of GNS Science.

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