Advisory Board

Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken

Executive Chairman / New Zealand – Beca & Te Pūnaha Matatini Advisory Board Chair

Through his 45-year career at Beca Richard has played an active part in growing this professional services consultancy to a team around 3000-strong throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia. He has served in several executive positions and held a range of directorships both internal and external. Before taking up the Chairmanship of the Beca Group in 2009 he held the lead role of Group Chief Executive for a decade. Current external directorships are with Trustpower Ltd and Panuku Development Auckland Ltd (Chair) and since February 2015 the Te Pūnaha Matatini Advisory Board (Chair). He remains a member of the Construction Strategy Group (a high-level industry body) having chaired it from inception for nearly 5-years. Richard is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ) and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK (IStructE).

Professor John Hosking

Professor John Hosking

Dean of Science, University of Auckland

John is Dean of Science at the University of Auckland assuming the role in June 2014. Immediately prior to that he was Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and before that was Professor of Applied Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland including a six year term as Head of Department between 1999 and 2005. John’s research career has been in Software Engineering with over 200 publications in his area of expertise and a long history of University-industry research engagement. He has been awarded both an FRSNZ in recognition of his research activities and a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence award reflecting his passion for teaching.

James Mansell

James Mansell

Business Owner at Noos Ltd - Business consultant service

James, an independent consultant who provides mentoring courses and presentations on leadership, big data and government, champions the safe use of data science to deliver civic and environmental value. This includes developing an outcomes focused operating model to reform the state sector. Since 2014, James has been leading the development of a new model for data sharing known as the “Data Commons”. In 2011, he was awarded the public sector’s Leadership Development Centre (LDC) fellowship prize. This was used to study leadership at Harvard the Wharton School and Centre for Creative Leadership. James holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington.

 

Professor Jim Metson

Professor Jim Metson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Auckland

Professor Jim Metson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland. He was previously Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. With experience in academic research, working with industry and also with government, his past positions include: Deputy Dean of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science, Associate Director of Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC), a Councillor for the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Chair of the Australian Synchrotron Science Advisory Committee, the former Head of the School of Chemical Sciences, chair of the Research Infrastructure Advisory Group (RIAG) for MBIEs predecessor MoRST and a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute.

Justine Daw

Justine Daw

General Manager, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

Since 2013, Justine has been one of the executive leaders at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, where she has oversight of the agency’s ‘big data’ and informatics research, as well as much of its applied research and client partnerships. She has previously held senior roles in the Ministry of Science of Innovation, Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, the Ministry for the Environment, and the NZ Climate Change Office, working in the areas of state of environment reporting, geospatial and statistical data, sustainable business, and climate change adaptation. In her first career as a diplomat, Justine represented Aotearoa internationally on issues relating to sustainable development, environment, disarmament, and trade promotion. She also serves on the boards of New Zealand’s World Wide Fund for Nature and the National e-Science Infrastructure – the agency supporting New Zealand’s high performance computing.

Pieta Brown

Manager - Data & Analytics, PwC New Zealand

Peter-Lucas Jones

General Manager, Te Hiku Media