I was educated in engineering and economics, and I worked in consulting engineering before joining Challenge Corporation in 1979 and subsequently Fletcher Challenge. For nearly four decades I have been involved in the management and governance of New Zealand organisations including NZX listed companies, private companies, State Owned Enterprises, and not for profit organisations. These organisations span the energy, utility, manufacturing, IT, agriculture, wool, food, mineral resources, education, and conservation sectors.
In recent years I have become involved in the science and innovation system, first through a three year contracting role within government, and more recently as CEO of the Centre for Advanced Engineering.
I have written mostly around three interlinked topics – the science and innovation system, technology policy, and defending New Zealand from earthquakes. Most of my thinking on science and innovation policy is presented in my book ‘Innovate!’ and in the supporting articles. The Canterbury earthquakes, and the government’s reaction to these has prompted me to write a number of pieces around the theme ‘defending New Zealand communities from earthquake’. My writing on technology policy has focussed on areas where science and engineering can inform intelligent and responsible strategies and policies that benefit communities.