Mr Ian Fraser
Ian is a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is a former director of Beca, deputy chair of Transpower and Mighty River Power, and director and chair of the University of Canterbury QuakeCentre. Ian’s background in engineering and governance along with extensive knowledge of risk from natural hazards to infrastructure is important for providing oversight of the Resilience Challenge.
Ms Parekawhia McLean
Waikato, Ngaati Maniapoto
Parekawhia has a background in social science and public policy and high-level experience in several central government agencies, including 5 years as strategic advisor to three Prime Ministers. She also has played a senior role within regional development organisations, especially in the Waikato region. With her previous role as the CE of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc, and her current role as NZTA regional director for Waikato Bay of Plenty. Parekawhia is well placed to contribute high-level governance to the challenge well as oversight of Mātauranga Māori matters.
Prof. Steve Weaver
Steve is the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) of the University of Canterbury, and is a member of the Board of GNS Science Ltd. Prof. Weaver has decades of experience in senior academic and research management roles at a national level in New Zealand, close experience of the Christchurch and Canterbury community, and a background in the geosciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ.
Mr Bruce Wills
Bruce has a background in commercial banking and finance for the agricultural sector and is the immediate Past President of Federated Farmers. He is currently a board director of Ravensdown Ltd., representative of NZ and international Farming and Trade forums, and an active farmer in the Hawkes Bay. In addition to this role, Bruce sits on the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge board.
Mr Greg Orchard
Greg is by background an accountant, and over the past two decades has provided governance and high-level strategic leadership in organisations such as Wellington City, BRANZ, and the Housing Corporation, in particular for areas related to healthy, safe and socially accessible housing. In his previous role as the Wellington City Council Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for improving the resilience of Wellington’s building stock. His experience places him in an excellent position to provide strategic local government-centred advice to the Challenge.
Mr David Middleton
David was appointed CEO of the Earthquake Commission (EQC) after a twenty year career in the insurance industry. Since leaving EQC David has worked as an independent consultant at Kestrel Group. David is currently the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Natural Hazards Research Platform and Chair of the Strategic and Scientific User Advisory Panel that reports to the GNS Board. In 2010 David was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and an Honorary Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
A half-time Director, full-time Manager and full-time Science Communicator are responsible for the Challenge’s operations.
Prof. Shane Cronin
Shane has a background in volcanology, and has published over 150 international works and supervised over 20 PhD students to completion. He is a three-time successful Marsden Fund Principal Investigator, was awarded a ~$1 million international research exchange with South Korea and led the >$8 million Living with Volcanic Risk Programme, from its inception in 2003 until 2015. With research leadership and experience in Germany, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the South West Pacific, Shane has worked on a wide spectrum of resilience areas, spanning: community engagement, emergency management, hazard, health-impacts and risk assessment as well as the fundamental underpinning processes of volcanic eruptions.
Anne-Marie has around 20 years of experience in university research management, more recently at Victoria University of Wellington, with previous research management roles at Massey University and University of Otago’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has also worked in diverse health-related portfolio and project management and funding roles at the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards, the Medical Council of New Zealand, Ministry of Health, and some time spent as a funder of ESOL education services at the Tertiary Education Commission.
Ali is a professional science communicator with a background in ecology and a Master’s degree in Science Communication. She has worked on a range of communication initiatives for science-based projects and specialises in transforming scientific articles into stories that engage and captivate audiences. Her other area of expertise is social media, having managed government department social media accounts, and developed and implemented social media strategy.
The science leadership team is made up of the programme leaders for each of the ten science programmes of the Resilience Challenge.
Suzanne is a Professor in Construction Management at the University of Auckland and the Director of the Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction. Her research focuses on disaster recovery and reconstruction, construction contract administration and relationship management for construction projects. Suzanne has published over 150 papers in international journals and is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. Prof Wilkinson is a regular Keynote speaker around the world on issues concerning Recovery and Reconstruction, Building Resilience: achieving effective post-disaster reconstruction, and has worked extensively on the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence recovery process.
Dr Vivienne Ivory
Vivienne is a social scientist specialising in urban environments and urban health based at Opus International Consultants. Vivienne’s expertise lies in examining the relationships between where people live, their demography and their health, including links between built and natural environments, transport, and health and wellbeing. With over 30 publications in these areas, Dr Ivory has worked following the canterbury earthquake sequence on the on-going effects of natural disasters on businesses and communities.
Dr Garry McDonald
Garry is a director of Market Economics Ltd, an economics consulting and research company. His research focuses on the integration of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability, particularly in the urban context. This includes development of dynamic and spatially explicit decision/policy support systems; ecological economics and urban/regional economics; critical infrastructure investment and interdependencies; and indicator development (e.g., full cost accounting, resilience). Garry co-developed the Measuring Economic Resilient Infrastructure Tool (MERIT). A suite of web-based and desktop decision support tools designed to assess the economic impacts, allowing modelling of critical infrastructure outages and mitigation solutions. These tools are used by Vector, Watercare Services and Lyttelton Port Company and for major ex ante natural hazard events associated with the Auckland volcanic field and Alpine fault.
Prof Mark Bebbington
Mark is a Professor of Geostatistics in the Statistics Group of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University. His research interests include stochastic modelling, especially in geophysics, inference and computational methods for stochastic processes, and reliability and statistical quality control. Mark has published over 100 international journal papers and received over 20 contestable research grants; with a focus on developing methods for assessing and forecasting natural hazard risks, especially volcanic and earthquake hazards. He is also an associate editor for the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics.