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


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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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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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.

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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 the General Manager at Te Aka Matua o te Ture – the New Zealand Law Commission.

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