People

 

Trustees

 

Janet StephensonAssociate Professor Janet Stephenson (Chair)

Janet is a social scientist with a particular interest in society's responses to environmental challenges. She 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.

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 Center, 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.

John RaineProfessor John Raine

John is Pro Vice Chancellor at Auckland University of Technology. He is acting as a Trustee until Professor Aman Oo takes up his appointment at AUT in July.

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.

Ian WrightProfessor Ian Wright

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.

 

Chief Executive

 

Simon ArnoldSimon Arnold

Simon is part-time at NERI. In the balance of his time he is MD of arnold.co.nz, 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.