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


Our Board of Directors
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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. 

Sir Ashley Bloomfield 2023

Sir Ashley Bloomfield KNZM

Sir Ashley brings 25 years’ experience in policy and health leadership including as New Zealand’s Director-General of Health from June 2018 to July 2022, during which he led the country’s health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Justine Gilliland

Justine was appointed to the ESR Board in February 2022. 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.

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Matt Glen

Dr Matt Glenn

Matt was appointed to the ESR Board in February 2022. Matt is also Chief Executive Officer for the Kiwifruit Breeding Centre, a joint venture between Zespri and Plant & Food Research.

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Dr Melissa McLeod

Ko Aoraki to maunga, Ko Waitaki te awa, Ko Ngai Tahu te iwi, Ko Melissa McLeod ahau. Melissa is a Public Health Physician and epidemiologist at the University of Otago in Wellington.

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Kate Thomson

Kate was appointed to the ESR Board in July 2018, and is also Director Finance, Risk and Digital Solutions at Upper Hutt City Council. Kate was based in Australia working in the engineering and research sectors as a senior executive.

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