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. 

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Professor Sarah Young - Chair

Sarah is a professor of immunology and Executive Dean of Science at the University of Canterbury. She has expertise in developing and leading people, strategy and policy and has undertaken a variety of board and leadership roles.

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Kate Thomson

Kate is an experienced executive and has held several senior roles in the commercial sector during her career.

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Sir Ashley Bloomfield 2023a

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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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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Matt Glen

Dr Matt Glenn

Matt is an experienced executive in the technology industry with a doctorate in molecular biology.

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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.

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Bruce Campbell 2023

Dr Bruce Campbell CNZM

Bruce is a chartered director and consultant. A former Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, Bruce has significant experience in developing and implementing collaborative strategies linking science and business to benefit prosperity, nature, and people.

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Catherine Abel-Pattinson

Catherine is an experienced non-executive company director with expertise in information and communication technology, biotechnology, and health care.

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