Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

WaikatoLink director takes up new opportunities


WaikatoLink director takes up new opportunities

Hamilton, New Zealand, 24 July 2013 – Long serving WaikatoLink director, Ross Townshend, is stepping down from the Board of Directors to take up a new career that will see him commuting from his Hamilton home to Christchurch and all over the world. Mr Townshend has been appointed CEO of Wools of New Zealand, a grower-owned company that has been set up to resurrect New Zealand’s wool industry.

WaikatoLink is the commercialisation and technology transfer company of the University of Waikato involved in identifying new ideas and technologies that can add value to society by taking emerging research and innovative technologies to the global marketplace.

Mr Townshend’s recent experience in the governance of start-up technology businesses, combined with his past experience in senior executive roles in the primary sector, will now be applied to Christchurch based Wools of New Zealand with a prime focus on our international carpet and wool market.

Mr Townshend said the new job was going to be busy - a huge challenge to restore wool to the profitable enterprise that it once was and he would no longer have time to give the WaikatoLink board the commitment it deserved.

WaikatoLink Chairman, Tenby Powell says, “Mr Townshend’s contribution to the Board of WaikatoLink over the past six years has been outstanding.”

“All WaikatoLink Directors hold additional governance responsibilities as Directors of our various subsidiary businesses adding significantly to their professional workload. Ross Townshend’s responsibilities have often required international travel and conference calls in the early hours of the morning with overseas based management teams,” says Mr Powell.

“Ross is leaving WaikatoLink in good heart with a range of new ventures on the horizon; we are very grateful for his professional contribution and work ethic in bringing many of these initiatives to life.”

WaikatoLink will conduct a search for an experienced Director with international commercial experience over the next few months.


- ENDS -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

TradeMe: Property Prices In Every Region Hit New High For The Very First Time

Property prices experienced their hottest month on record in December, with record highs in every region, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.\ Trade Me Property spokesperson Logan Mudge said the property market ended the year with ... More>>

Motor Industry Association: 2020 New Vehicle Registrations Suffer From Covid-19

Chief Executive David Crawford says that like some other sectors of the New Zealand economy, the new vehicle sector suffered from a case of Covid-19. Confirmed figures for December 2020 show registrations of 8,383 were 25% ... More>>

CTU 2021 Work Life Survey: COVID And Bullying Hit Workplaces Hard, Huge Support For Increased Sick Leave

New data from the CTU’s annual work life survey shows a snapshot of working people’s experiences and outlook heading out of 2020 and into the new year. Concerningly 42% of respondents cite workplace bullying as an issue in their workplace - a number ... More>>

Smelter: Tiwai Deal Gives Time For Managed Transition

Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed to working on a managed transition with the local community,” Grant Robertson said. More>>

ALSO:

OECD: Area Employment Rate Rose By 1.9 Percentage Points In The Third Quarter Of 2020

OECD area employment rate rose by 1.9 percentage points in the third quarter of 2020, but remained 2.5 percentage points below its pre-pandemic level The OECD area [1] employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – rose ... More>>

Economy: Strong Job Ad Performance In Quarter Four

SEEK Quarterly Employment Report data shows a positive q/q performance with a 19% national growth in jobs advertised during Q4 2020, which includes October, November and December. Comparing quarter 4, 2020, with the same quarter in 2019 shows that job ad volumes are 7% lower...More>>

NIWA: 2020 - NZ’s 7th-warmest Year On Record

The nationwide average temperature for 2020, calculated using stations in NIWA’s seven-station temperature series which began in 1909, was 13.24°C (0.63°C above the 1981–2010 annual average). New Zealand’s hottest year on record remains 2016, when... More>>

Quotable Value New Zealand: Property Market Set To Cool From Sizzling To Warm In 2021

Nostradamus himself could not have predicted the strange series of events that befell our world in 2020 – nor the wild trajectory of New Zealand’s property market, which has gone from “doom and gloom” to “boom and Zoom” in record time. Even ... More>>