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


Te Poari Tumuaki / Our Board of Directors

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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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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Denise Church QSO, CFInstD

Denise Church is a Wellington based company director and consultant, and was appointed as Chair of the ESR Board in July 2015. She is also Chair of Airways New Zealand, and serves on the boards of Predator Free Wellington Ltd…

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Justine Gilliland

Justine is an independent director and strategy consultant. Currently on the boards of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research; AGMARDT; health provider Tui Ora; and ESR, Justine is the former chief executive of Venture Taranaki.  Prior to Venture Taranaki, Justine was Deputy…

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Kate Thomson

Kate Thomson was appointed to the ESR Board in July 2018. Currently, she is the Director of Finance, Risk and Digital Solutions at Upper Hutt City Council. Kate was based in Australia working in the engineering and research sectors as…

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Dr Matt Glenn

Dr Matt Glenn is CEO for the Kiwifruit Breeding Centre (KBC), a Joint Venture between Zespri and the CRI, Plant and Food Research.

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Dr Melissa McLeod

Ko Aoraki to maunga, Ko Waitaki te awa, Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi, Ko Melissa McLeod ahau. Dr Melissa McLeod is a Public Health Physician and epidemiologist at the University of Otago in Wellington.

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