Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science, University of Canterbury
Professor Wendy Lawson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science at the University of Canterbury, is a glaciologist with a passion for fieldwork. She has 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. Wendy’s 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 sector governance experience, including Ministerial appointments as a Board Director of NIWA and of Antarctica New Zealand. Wendy’s 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 a stream in Antarctica – Lawson Creek – in her honour in 1995.