Robert Matheson

Robert Matheson

Investment and Contract Manager

Role at Cawthron

Robert heads Cawthron’s research investment activities. His role involves matching research with end-users, identifying new business opportunities and working with scientists and investors to realise those opportunities.

Robert also leads Cawthron’s responses to major Government investment rounds and keeps stakeholders informed of research progress and outcomes.

He strongly believes that an open, collaborative approach is key to achieving the best outcomes for New Zealand.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Worked in science sector since 2002
  • Extensive experience of collaborative research including the first 9 Research Consortia (now Research Partnerships) and with the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (now
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
  • Worked with a diverse range of clients including large and small entrepreneurial companies, universities and Crown Research Institutes
  • 12 years in telecommunications industry (New Zealand and United Kingdom) focusing on specification, design and testing of value-added services for customers


  • BE (Electrical and electronic engineering). University of Canterbury, 1989
  • PGDip Business and Administration (Management). Massey University, 2010

Robert Matheson