Governance

We are owned by a charitable trust, in accordance with the Thomas Cawthron Act 1924. The Trust appoints our governing Board of Directors. 

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Governance

We are owned by a charitable trust, in accordance with the Thomas Cawthron Act 1924. The Trust appoints our governing Board of Directors. 

Cawthron Institute Trust Board

John Palmer, Trustee

John Palmer

Chair

A professional director for several decades, John is passionate about Nelson having lived in the region his whole life. He retired from active corporate life to spend time with family and to focus on local community roles that give back to the region – using some of the wisdom gleaned over the years. John initially trained in science and throughout his working career has been involved in land and water issues. He is determined to ensure that future generations have the same regional opportunities that he has. John is former chair of the Nelson Regional Development Agency, Air New Zealand Ltd, Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, Rabobank New Zealand and Wrightson Ltd.

Rachel Boyak, trustee

Rachel Boyack

Trustee

Rachel lives in Nelson with her husband Scott, and before entering Parliament worked as a Health and Safety Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Nelson. In her previous role as an Organiser with FIRST Union, she negotiated collective employment agreements with large companies like Nelson Pine, lifting wages for hundreds of workers in the Nelson region. Rachel previously volunteered on the Boards of the Nelson Environment Centre and the Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge. She was the Chair of Labour’s Policy Council leading up to the election. A trained singer, she has a Music Degree from the University of Auckland and was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir. She also enjoys spending time at Tahunanui beach with Scott and their Labrador, Phoebe.

Bev Doole, Trustee

Bev Doole

Trustee

Bev Doole is a former journalist now working in communications and project management, specialising in the environmental sector.  She is experienced in writing on resource management issues and State of the Environment reporting and is highly knowledgeable about conservation issues in the region, with a particular interest in the Marlborough Sounds. 

Serean Adams

Jan Hania

Trustee

Jan Hania has a background in environmental engineering, landscape scale ecological restoration through community, iwi and agency collaborations and strategic philanthropy and is currently Environmental Director at NEXT Foundation. He has previously held roles with the Department of Conservation and local government and as a consulting engineer. Jan has an understanding of how creating collaborations can be used to enhance collective impact. He also has an appreciation that the active participation and leadership of Māori in science, innovation and business will create success for Aotearoa. Jan is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Ātiawa descent.

Murray King, Trustee

Mayor Tim King

Trustee

Apart from a couple of years working overseas, Tim King has lived in the Tasman region all his life. Tim became Mayor of Tasman District Council in 2019 after serving on the Council for 21 years, including 18 years as Deputy Mayor. Tim and his partner, Gail, farm sheep and beef and have a small plantation forest at their farm properties in Eves Valley. Other positions held by Tim include: a directorship of the Chatham Island Port Company, a Board Member of the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.  

Steve Mania, Trustee

Anglican Bishop of Nelson

Steve Maina Mwangi

Trustee

Steve Maina is a statutory member of the Trust Board. He has served within the Church all his life and was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in Kenya in 2004. Steve was appointed head of the New Zealand Church Missionary Society in 2009, prompting the move to New Zealand with his wife and two daughters. He became Bishop of the Nelson Diocese in 2019. While New Zealand is home and Maina feels well-placed to serve the top of the South, he still has Kenyan roots, evident in his love of coffee and a desire for locals to share their favourite running tracks with him.

Rachel Reece

Mayor Rachel Reese

Trustee

Rachel was elected Nelson’s first woman Mayor in 2013, a position she continues to hold. Prior to that, she served for two terms as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor. Before entering Local Government, Rachel operated a Resource Management consultancy as a private consultant. She has had extensive involvement in aquaculture matters, the three waters, Project Kokiri and RMA legislation reform. Rachel is an accredited Resource Management Commissioner. She has been a National Council Board member of Local Government New Zealand since 2016.

Harvey Ruru

Archdeacon Harvey Ruru QSM

Trustee

Harvey is the iwi representative on the Trust Board. He is also a trustee of Te Atiawa Iwi Trust, and formerly worked for the New Zealand Police in Tasman District. He is a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, Anglican Priest and Archdeacon.

Cawthron’s Kaumātua provides advice to the Cawthron Chief Executive, Trust Board and Board of Directors in relation to te reo me ona tikanga Māori, and assists with developing and maintaining a sound relationship between Tangata Whenua and Cawthron.

Helen Smale. Trustee

Helen Smale

Trustee

Helen Smale is a Marlborough based Trustee with experience in business, governance and quality management. Beginning her working career in medical laboratories, Helen subsequently worked in a number of science and management roles in the health sector, dairy processing and aquaculture water quality management where she built a world-wide reputation for new-to-the-world innovation and leadership. She joined Forté Management, of which she is a shareholder and Director, fulltime in 2013 as consultant, trainer and executive coach. Her recent qualifications include Diplomas in Training and Development and Professional Coaching.

Sarah-Jane Weir, Trustee

Sarah-Jane Weir

Trustee

Sarah-Jane is a professional director and a commercial lawyer. She holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law and is National Councillor and branch Chair of the Institute of Directors. Passionate about the Nelson community and the lifestyle choices offered by the region, she has many governance roles. These include Trustee and deputy Chair for Rātā Foundation, director of Network Tasman Limited, Trustee Nelson Marlborough Health Board Charitable Trust, director of the Nelson Regional Development Agency, and independent Chair of the Nelson Marlborough Primary Health Organisation.

Board of Directors

Meg Matthews

Meg Matthews

Chair

Meg has been Chair at Cawthron since 2018 after joining the board as an Emerging Director in 2015. Meg is a qualified accountant who started her career with Deloitte. Since then she has amassed a diverse and impressive track record of experience across key business disciplines of finance, human resource management, strategic planning, and marketing. She is a former CEO of World of Wearable Art (WOW) and was Head of Marketing (Australasia) for Air New Zealand. In recent years, Meg has concentrated on governance and her current roles include: Director of Halberg Foundation and Director of Mevo and Chair of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency. Meg grew up in the Bay of Islands and is of Ngai Tahu descent. She says that, “Cawthron is a place where we have leading scientists from around the world engaged in generating new ideas as well as near-to-application research. Research done here is making a difference to the economy, society, and environment in Nelson, New Zealand and the world.”

Carl Carrington

Carl Carrington

Director

Carl was previously CEO of Moana New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s largest seafood businesses and prior to that had 16 years experience in the brewing sector in senior commercial roles with Heineken joint venture businesses across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Carl’s particular strengths are in supply chain configuration, brand, channel and sales strategy. He brings a depth of commercial insight and relationships that will support Cawthron’s industry connectivity. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical & Materials Engineering from Auckland University, a Masters of Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  He is currently a director of Good Spirits Hospitality (NZX), McCashin’s Brewery and Hop Revolution. Carl is of Ngaiterangi and Te Whakatohea whakapapa.

John Cunningham

John Cunningham

Director

John is the Executive Director of Ignition Partner Ltd, which negotiates strategic alliance deals internationally and raises capital for New Zealand’s high-growth companies. He is Chairman of CLIM Systems Ltd and a Director and shareholder in Resin & Wax Holdings Ltd. He is an expert reviewer for the MBIE and Callaghan Innovation. A chemical engineer with corporate development and Venture Capital experience, John helps companies to commercialise technologies. John picked up line management and corporate development experience working for Fernz Corporation Ltd for 15 years during its growth phase. Experience included licensing technologies, protecting IP and growth, through internal development and external acquisition. The company expanded in industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and animal health products to reach sales of $1bn. After Fernz, John set up Caltech Capital Partners, one of the early Venture Capital firms in NZ. John is a fellow if IChemE, Engineering NZ and a member of IOD. He has an ME in environmental engineering and a DipBIA. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He is a past President of IPENZ.

Murray King

Murray King

Director

Murray has been chairman at LIC since 2011 after joining the board as a shareholder elected director in 2009. LIC is a cooperative listed on the NZ stock exchange and is integral to the NZ dairy industry supplying genetics and analytical services derived from its heavy investment in data and research & development. Murray has been actively involved in corporate governance for over 15 years and holds several directorships in private agribusinesses, technology, water management projects and fast moving consumer goods, many as chair. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors and graduate of IMD High Performance Boards Program. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 2002. He is a graduate of the Rabobank primary producer executive development program and participated in the 2016 Te Hono Stanford University boot camp. Murray has a background in farm management consultancy and management accounting. Murray and his family live on their Appleby farm near Nelson and have other farming, food and business interests in the South Island and overseas.

Elaine McCaw

Elaine McCaw

Director

Elaine splits her time between her human resources consulting practice and governance roles. She was a principal of executive search firm Bell McCaw Bampfylde for nearly 10 years, leaving the firm in 2009. Earlier in her career she worked for Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand Ltd and the Works and Development Corporation. Elaine has extensive governance experience including as Chair of Hobson Leavy, Chair of the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation, Advisory Board Member of Ocean Design, Director of the Central Region’s Technical Advisory Services and Board Member of Hockey New Zealand. She is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. Elaine has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2004.

Matt Peacey

Dr Matt Peacey

Director

Matt began his scientific carrier creating customisable vaccines using the Rabbit calcivirus to prevent and cure tumours. He was then a Senior Scientist at the National Influenza Centre, based at The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).  Following a move to Nelson, Matt launched and ran Innovate Nelson and was named Nelsonian of the Year for business. Matt is currently the Managing Director of FundTap, an innovative business in the FinTech space providing invoice finance to SMEs, and of Childcare Funders, providing cash flow solutions to New Zealand’s childcare centres.  He also owns Silvereye Labs, a small development agency that delivers mobile app solutions for businesses and government organisations.  In addition, Matt manages the research efforts at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT).  Matt currently sits on a number of charitable trust boards and advisory boards for local SMEs.

Nagaja Sanatkumar

Nagaja Sanatkumar

Director

Nagaja is a Professional Non-Executive Director with over 20 years’ international executive and leadership experience. Nagaja studied chemical engineering at IIT Bombay and then moved to the US for a consulting role with Deloitte, before completing an MBA from the University of Washington. Through progressively senior leadership roles in the USA for leading commercial and technology organisations (notably Amazon & Expedia), she brings deep expertise in General Management, Strategy, Digital Technology, eCommerce, Customer-led Innovation and Commercial Scale across a variety of industry verticals and corporate structures. She moved to NZ with her family in 2015, and now runs a consulting practice alongside her corporate governance roles at New Zealand Post and Meridian Energy. Her most recent executive role (as of 2019) in NZ was General Manager – Global Digital at Icebreaker. Nagaja is passionate about sustainable futures; the future of our planet and our children, consumer behaviours, education, science and technology, and its ever-changing socio-economic impact. She enjoys motivating and inspiring people to continuously raise their standards for collaboration, execution and learning.