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Ian Simpson

Chief Executive
Ian Simpson
Ian joined GNS Science in January 2017.  Prior to his appointment he spent seven years at the Earthquake Commission (EQC) where he led the response to the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence, one of the world’s largest natural disaster insurance events. Prior to his time at EQC Ian spent four years at the Accident Compensation Corporation where he was responsible for the management of financial resources and the returns of ACC’s NZ$11 billion global investment fund. ACC was Ian’s first job in New Zealand.  He was born and grew up in the north of England.  After graduating from Manchester University he worked for BP in London and Melbourne for eight years before joining Diageo PLC where he held a range of corporate finance roles in both the UK and Europe.  He completed an MBA at INSEAD in France between his positions at Diageo.

Neil Wai Poi

Director, External Relations & Commercialisation
Neal Wai Poi
Neal leads External Relations & Commercialisation at GNS Science and he was appointed in May 2015.
He has over 20 years international experience in industry-focussed research and development and commercial technology transfer, with skills in negotiation and strategic management. Before coming to GNS Science he worked with CSIRO, most recently as Group Manager Strategic Alliances. He also worked at Simonsen AS as Technical manager and Comalco as a Senior Research Engineer.
Neal holds a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Gill Jolly

Director, Natural Hazards Division
Gill Jolly
MA (University of Cambridge), PhD (Lancaster University) FGS, CGeol
Gill was appointed to lead the Natural Hazards Division in August 2014. It consists of 139 staff who undertake research and consultancy in earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami, geological mapping, and social sciences. Gill is a volcanologist and joined GNS Science in 2006. Her background is in magma physics and lava flow dynamics, but she has had a diverse career including mineral exploration, environmental geochemistry, and 3D geological modelling of ore deposits. Her current research includes volcanic risk assessments and volcanic crisis management. She worked for several years at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (West Indies) where she was director.

Kevin Faure

Director, Geological Resources Division
Kevin Faure
PhD, The University of Cape Town
Kevin leads the Petroleum, Geothermal, Palaeontology and Marine Geoscience Departments. He specialises in stable isotope geochemistry and has researched and published on ore deposits, submarine volcanoes, gas hydrates, and geothermal springs. He joined GNS Science in 1997 and has previously worked as an exploration and mining geologist in South Africa, and as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Japan.

Chris Daughney

Director, Environment and Materials Division
Chris Daughney
PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Chris leads the Environment and Materials Group, which is New Zealand’s premier source of applied isotope science capability. It comprises research infrastructure as well as research teams and commercial service units in Ion Beam Technologies, Isotope Biogeosciences, and Hydrogeology. Chris specialises in aqueous environmental geochemistry. His areas of interest include the chemical evolution of groundwater at the catchment scale and the use of tracer methods for evaluating in-situ rates of water-rock interaction.

Graham Clarke

Director, Corporate Services
Graham Clarke
Graham leads the Corporate Services division and is the Chief Financial Officer. The Corporate Services teams provide the full range of functions to support the Company's internal operations including finance, human resources, information services, property, procurement, health and safety, risk management and internal audit. A chartered accountant, Graham worked for KPMG in New Zealand and the UK, and joined GNS Science in 1994. Graham is a director of Meatvision Limited, one of our joint venture operations.

 

Anna Jellie

Principal Advisor: Executive and Governance
Anna Jellie
As Legal Council, Anna provides legal and commercial advice to GNS Science. Anna joined GNS from Fonterra where she spent 8 years as Corporate Counsel advising on legal issues across the Fonterra business. Her key practice areas while at Fonterra were innovation and intellectual property. Prior to joining Fonterra, Anna worked in private legal practice at major New Zealand law firms, where she specialised in commercial and intellectual property law. She also graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago.

Keryn Bilderbeck

GENERAL MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES
Keryn Bilderbeck
Keryn joined the Human Resources team at GNS in 2010 and was appointed to the position as General Manager, Human Resources in March 2015. Keryn has a background in Organisational Development and has worked in government and university sectors prior to joining GNS Science.

Dr Bruce Girdwood
Interim Director, External Relations and Commercialisation
MSc the University of Cape Town
PhD the University of Wales, Swansea
Bruce leads External Relations and Commercialisation at GNS and was appointed, on an interim basis, in August 2017.  He has experience in industry focussed research and development and extensive management and commercial experience in private and state-owned sectors. Bruce has 20 years of experience in the energy sector where he has  held senior management roles in Transpower, Vector and the Electricity Commission, where he developed and implemented national energy efficiency programmes.  Bruce has worked at the CSIR in South Africa, where his research was focused on materials used in high temperature high stress environments.
Bruce holds a PhD in materials Engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea.