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Appointments to FoRST Boards

Appointments to Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Board

Research, Science and Technology Minister, Steve Maharey has announced three new appointments to the Board of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the main government funding body for science and technology.


Research, Science and Technology Minister, Steve Maharey today announced three new appointments to the Board of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the main government funding body for science and technology.

They are:
·Paul Tocker, Chief Executive of Crop & Food;
·Dr Diana Hill, Chief Executive and Director of quality assurance company Global Technologies; and
·Dr Bronwen Connor, head of the Neural Repair and Neurogenesis Laboratory and senior lecturer at Auckland University.

They replace retiring Board members Dr Andrew (Andy) Pearce, Professor Thomas (Tom) Barnes and Dr Grant Ryan. The appointments are for three year terms effective from 13 July.

"The new Board members bring a strong mix of governance and business skills, and specialist research experience, including in emerging areas of science. They also bring experience in the public sector and strong links with the global science community," Steve Maharey said.

The other members of the FRST board are: Dame Margaret Bazely (Chair), Professor Judith Kinnear, Jim McLean, Associate Professor Pare Keiha, Professor Gary Hook and Craig Norgate.

Jim McLean has been appointed Deputy Chair, a position held by retiring member, Dr Pearce. Mr McLean has been a member of the Foundation Board for two years. He is a former Managing Director of Genesis Research and Development and now Chairs the biotechnology industry body NZBio and the board of CRI HortResearch.


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