Ian WrightProfessor Ian Wright (Chair)

Ian is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Canterbury, where he is responsible for strategic leadership and overall academic performance of the University and in particular, maintaining and advancing the University’s research profile, and the development of research collaborations.

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.

Michael JackAssociate Professor Michael Jack

Michael is the co-convenor of the Otago Energy Research Centre, a large multidisciplinary network of energy researchers at the University of Otago. He is also an Associate Professor in the Physics Department and the Director of its Energy Programme.

Aman OoProfessor Aman Oo

Aman is Dean of Engineering and Head of School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). His research interests and expertise are in microgrid & energy storage system integration; microgrid sustainable operation and control; smart grid communication, protection and security; power system stability and control; hydrogen; energy management and efficiency; and engineering education.

Gary WilsonHon. Professor Gary Wilson

Gary is the General Manager, Strategy and Chief Scientist at GNS Science. He is responsible for its science, research and innovation strategies and contributes to developing its overall strategic direction and investment. He retains the position of Honorary Professor in Marine Science at the University of Otago.


Chief Executive


Simon ArnoldSimon Arnold

Simon is part-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.


Hon. Treasurer


Gerry CarringtonProfessor Gerry Carrington

Gerry is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Otago, and was a founding trustee of NERI and past Chair. He continues his involvement as Hon. Treasurer.