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. Richard has in-depth experience in engineering project management and with partnering and alliance contracting. Current external directorships are with Trustpower Ltd and Panuku Development Auckland Ltd (Deputy Chair) and since February 2015 the Te Pūnaha Matatini Advisory Board (Chair). Richard has represented Beca on the Project Alliance Board for the Waterview Project (Auckland) for the last 5-years and was appointed to the Chair in late-2015. 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- the 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 is an independent consultant who also provides mentoring courses and presentations on leadership big data and government. James champions the safe use of data science to deliver public and economic value. This includes supporting organisations to use analytics and shared data to solve challenges in child protection, social development, education, tax, and health. At a whole of government level James is supporting ministers and senior officials in New Zealand and Australia to adapt to and use data science to better orientate the state sector to be more outcomes focused and innovative. This includes building the right kind of national data ecosystem required for safe use of data science and data sharing. In 2011, James 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. He holds a first class honours degree in Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington.

Professor Jim Metson

Professor Jim Metson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) - the University of Auckland

Professor Jim Metson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland. For the past two years he has been 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

General Manager Partnerships, Manaaki Whenua / Landcare Research

Pieta Brown

Manager - Data & Analytics, PwC New Zealand

Peter Lucas-Jones

General Manager, Te Hiku Media