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 Research, 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. 

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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, a Wellington based strategy and leadership consulting practice. She has extensive governance experience including as Chair of Karori Sanctuary Trust, WWF New Zealand, and the Wellington Zoo Trust.

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Richard Gill

Richard is a technology innovator and serial entrepreneur who has more than 30 years’ experience founding and growing high-tech startups serving a wide range of industries, including broadcasting, manufacturing, finance, education, healthcare and water. He has worked extensively in technology development, product conceptualization, early stage commercialization and high growth execution.

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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 three companies that work in the area of food integrity including a tech start-up, that is using artificial intelligence and social media to address food safety issues in the US.

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Quentin Hix

Quentin Hix has many years’ experience in governance roles across a broad range of sectors. He is currently a director of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Limited, one of the South Island's larger investment companies. He is also a member of the main governance board for Ngāi Tahu, chairs Ngāti Manawa Development Limited and is a board...

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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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Professor Cristin Print

Professor 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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Kate Thomson

Kate Thomson was appointed to the ESR Board in July 2018. Currently she is Chief Financial Officer and leads the Strategic Enablers Group for the Australian Road Research Board. She is also a member of the Indigo Shire Council Audit and Risk Committee Independent Board.

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