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New appointments to three CRI boards

Hon Steven Joyce

Minister of Science and Innovation

15 January 2016

New appointments to three CRI boards

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of three new members to the boards of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), and the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion).

Richard Gill has been appointed to the ESR Board. He has established and sold a number of technology-based companies, and has worked in New Zealand and in the United States. Auckland based, he is the founder, director and Chief Executive of CLOUD M Ltd, a cloud technology company providing applications in emergency and civil defence management, and health and safety for high-risk industries.

“Mr Gill has well respected commercialisation experience and will add real value to the ESR Board,” Mr Joyce says.

Chris Bush has been appointed to the GNS Board. He is a chemical engineer based in New Plymouth with senior leadership experience in the energy sector. He runs his own consultancy providing strategy and risk management advice to the energy sector and associated industries, and has particular expertise in health and safety. Mr Bush was previously Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Producers Association and of the Be Safe Taranaki Trust.

“Mr Bush’s extensive governance, management and energy sector experience makes him well qualified for the GNS Board role,” Mr Joyce says.

Dr Jon Ryder has been appointed to the Scion Board. He has held senior management and leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand. He is Chief Executive and Managing Director of Oji Fibre Solutions, previously known as Carter Holt Harvey, and is director of the Wood Processing and Manufacturing Association of New Zealand and the New Zealand Wood Council.

“Dr Ryder’s strong scientific background and his indepth knowledge of the sector will enable him to make a significant contribution to the Scion Board,” Mr Joyce says.

“I welcome the valuable knowledge and experience that these high-calibre appointees bring to the boards of these three Crown Research Institutes.”


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