Board of Directors

ESR has an independent Board of Directors responsible for its strategic direction and operational performance.

Their responsibilities include acting on behalf of, and being accountable to, the Shareholding Ministers
(the Minister of Finance (external link) and the Minister of Science and Innovation (external link) ), fulfilling regulatory expectations under the Companies Act 1993, the Crown Research Institutes Act 1992, and the Public Finance Act 1989 and helping establish strategic policy. 

Denise Church QSO


Denise Church QSO was appointed as Chair of the ESR Board in July 2015. She is a Director of Leadership Matters Ltd and a company director, consultant...

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Dr Cristin Print

Cristin Print is a medically qualified biomedical scientist who joined the ESR Board in August 2017. He has a 25-year career in academic medical research and...

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Dr Andy Shenk

Dr Andy Shenk graduated with a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and has had a 30-year career spanning academic research, management and...

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Marion Cowden

Marion Cowden is Deputy Chair of the ESR Board. Marion is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and holds a BSc...

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Quentin Hix

Quentin started his law career in Christchurch in 1989, returning to South Canterbury in 1992 to join a local firm, before branching out on his own in...

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Dr Helen Darling

Dr Helen Darling graduated with a PhD in Public Health from the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago and has founded two companies that work...

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Richard Gill

Richard Gill is a creative engineer with a passion for leveraging leading-edge technologies to drive key improvements in human safety and organisational performance. Richard has a...

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