Janet StephensonAssociate Professor Janet Stephenson (Chair)

Janet is a social scientist with a particular interest in society's responses to environmental challenges. Janet is a founding trustee of NERI, a member of the Otago Energy Research Centre and Director of the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago.

Gerry CarringtonProfessor Gerry Carrington

Gerry is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Otago, where he led the introduction of energy management programmes and was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Applied Science programme. He is also a founding trustee of NERI and past trustee of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust.

Mike WilsonProfessor Mike Wilson (Acting Trustee)

Mike is Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington. He is acting as a Trustee until the new Vice-Provost (Research) is in place.

Paul BennettDr Paul Bennett

Paul is the Science Leader for Clean Technologies at Scion. Paul has over 25 years experience in a variety of roles developing new technologies and business opportunities in biofuels. His team at Scion are investigating new economic opportunities in industrial biorefining, bioenergies and bio-based substitutes for petrochemicals.

Morgan WilliamsDr Morgan Williams

Morgan chairs the Cawthron Institute Trust,  the World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand and has a number of other roles in environment-focused organisations.  He was New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for 10 years and has held research, policy and leadership positions, including in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Chief Executive


Simon ArnoldSimon Arnold

Simon is half-time at NERI. In the balance of his time he is MD of, Executive Director of Blended Fuel Solutions NZ Ltd and Nufuels Ltd, and convener of the Liquid Biofuels Interest Group of the Bioenergy Association of NZ.  He has had senior roles in public policy and  been active in business organisations including running the NZ Manufacturers Federation.