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).

Lillian Grace

Lillian Grace

CEO and founder of Figure NZ

Lillian is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ the first organisation globally to designate everyone as a user of data and to build systems and software to deliver to this standard. As a purpose driven social enterprise Figure.NZ is committed to creating a data democracy and helping everyone to make sense of data so we can see New Zealand clearly. Lillian is on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and on the NZ Data Futures Partnership Working Group. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software at think tank The New Zealand Institute.

Arthur Grimes

Arthur Grimes

Senior Fellow, Motu Research

Arthur completed his PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1987 following his BSocSc(Hons) at University of Waikato.,,He is a Senior Fellow at Motu Research, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, Board Member of the Financial Markets Authority, and chairs the Hugo Group. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chair from 2003–2013. Prior to his time at Motu, Arthur was Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington), Chief Executive of Southpac, and Chief Economist at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the National Bank of New Zealand.,,In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics related to New Zealand’s economic welfare. His current research centres around urban economics, the economics of wellbeing, and aspects of central banking (including exchange rates and currency union).,

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.

Professor Wendy Lawson

Professor Wendy Lawson

Pro-Vice Chancellor Science - The University of Canterbury

Professor Wendy Lawson is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Science at the University of Canterbury. She is a glaciologist with a passion for fieldwork and more than 30 years of experience of remote fieldwork in polar and alpine environments including in Greenland, Svalbard, Alaska and Arctic Norway – as well as Antarctica. Her previous roles include Dean of Science and Head of Department of Geography at the University of Canterbury and as an academic at the University of Auckland. She has a range of academic and Crown sector strategic science sector governance experience including Ministerial appointments as a Board Director of NIWA and of Antarctica New Zealand. Her PhD is from the University of Cambridge and her most recent qualification awarded in 2008 is a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Warwick Business School. One of her career highlights of which she is most proud is the naming of stream in Antarctica – Lawson Creek – in her honour in 1995.

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.

Kevin Ross

Kevin Ross

Research Director - Orion Health

Dr Kevin Ross is Research Director at Orion Health where he leads a program to utilise analytics and data science to improve clinical workflow, decision-making and patient-centered care. Prior to joining Orion Health, Kevin was Chief Scientist of Optimisation Modelling at Fonterra. In 2013 he founded the New Zealand Analytics Forum group of professionals committed to learning and sharing best practice analytics to make a positive impact in this country. Prior to joining Fonterra in 2012 he was an Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California Santa Cruz. His research and teaching focussed on network scheduling and optimisation including contributions to air traffic management and call centre design. He has consulted for energy telecommunication and public service organisations. Dr Ross holds a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Mathematics.