Board of Directors

Our Board sets the Institute's strategic direction and delegates responsibility for the management of the Institute to the Chief Executive Officer.

Michael Ahie - ChairmanMichael Ahie - Chairman (Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui)

Michael Ahie is a business owner and company director based in Wellington. He is Chancellor of Massey University, a director of FMG and Chair of the board of ComplyWith, Spring Sheep Milk Co., the New Zealand Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council and the New Zealand Plant Market Access Council. He is a member of Inland Revenue's Risk & Assurance Committee.

Colin DawsonColin Dawson

Colin Dawson has held a number of senior executive positions in the primary, secondary and tertiary health care sectors.

Formerly CEO of Otago Innovation, Colin continues to be involved in the commercialisation of research. He has held directorships with a number of biotechnology and medical companies including NZX-listed companies BLIS Technologies and Pacific Edge. He currently chairs the Boards of Tiro Lifesciences, Upstream Medical Technologies and Certus Bio and sits on the MARS Bioimaging Board. Colin is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is involved in horticulture via a Central Otago export cherry orchard and small vineyard.

Greg GentGreg Gent

Greg Gent, of Kaipara, is a senior commercial director with dairy farming interests in Northland.  He has strong governance expertise having spent a decade on the Fonterra Board, and holding other directorships in the dairy, insurance, financial services and banking industries.  Mr Gent also served as a Crown appointee on his local District Health Board and has contributed to local government reform.

Andrew von DadelszenAndrew von Dadelszen

Andrew von Dadelszen has held diverse governance and leadership roles, including central and local government and corporate governance, finance and investment advice, large-scale farming, service industries and the not-for-profit sector. Andrew is qualified with an MBA from Henley Management College and Brunel University, London. Andrew is a Justice of the Peace and a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor. He is also an Independent Hearings Commissioner with a Chairs Endorsement. He has previously been a member of the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority — a Crown Agency.

Wendy VenterWendy Venter

Wendy operates her own consultancy in Wellington. She is a former partner at EY, Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development and Assistant Auditor-General at the Office of the Auditor General. Wendy was an independent member of the State Services Commission’s Risk and Assurance Committee. Wendy is a chartered accountant with expertise in governance, risk management, integrity and assurance. She was born and educated in India, and came to New Zealand as a young graduate.

Parmjot BainsParmjot Bains

Parmjot Bains has strategy and science commercialisation experience in New Zealand and globally. She has held roles in strategy with McKinsey and Company, biotechnology as the former CEO of Neuren Pharmaceuticals, in agribusiness with Fonterra and more recently in the pharmaceutical industry. She trained as a medical doctor in New Zealand and has a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.

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