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Justine Gilliland

Justine is an independent director and strategy consultant. The Former Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki, Justine currently serves on a number of boards including Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.


Justine Gilliland is an independent director and strategy consultant, and was appointed to the ESR Board in February 2022. In addition to ESR, Justine currently serves on the boards of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust, and health provider Tui Ora. Justine is the former Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki. Prior to this, Justine was Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes at the Ministry for Primary Industries, leading multi-million-dollar investment in research and development programmes, Māori partnerships, and regional development. Justine also chairs the Taranaki Toy Library Trust and is a Tourism Innovation Advisory Group member. Justine's consulting work is currently mainly focussed on developing offshore wind energy for Aotearoa New Zealand. Having been has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, Justine holds law and arts degrees.