- Chief Executive, Ian Simpson
- Director, External Relations & Commercialisation Neal Wai Poi
- Director, Natural Hazards Division Gill Jolly
- Director, Geological Resources Division Kevin Faure
- Director, Manager, Environment and Materials Division Chris Daughney
- Director, Corporate Services Graham Clarke
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.
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.
Director, Natural Hazards Division
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.
Director, Geological Resources Division
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.
Director, Environment and Materials Division
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.
Director, Corporate Services
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.