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Our board of directors

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

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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

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 and executive coach. She has extensive governance experience and currently holds a number of Board roles including Chair of Karori Sanctuary Trust, the NZ...

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Richard Gill

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 number of notable technology start-ups under his belt and is currently a Founder and CEO of mobile technology company CLOUD M.

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Dr Helen Darling

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 in the area of food integrity.  Helen continues to work in the area of commercialisation of food integrity services and is particularly interested in...

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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 2004. He has a broad range of legal experience in law, latterly focussing more on commercial work.

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Marion Cowden

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 and BCom from Auckland University and an MBA (with Distinction) from Massey University.

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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 governance in biotechnology and nutrition start-up companies, and senior management in a major corporate. 

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Dr Cristin Print

Dr 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 biotechnology, including work in Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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