People

Trustees

NERI is governed by a Board of Trustees who have been selected for their experience and passion for research, debate and collaboration across the entire energy sector.

Our current Trustees are:

  • Dr Janet Stephenson (Chair)
  • Professor Gerry Carrington
  • Dr Morgan Williams
  • Paul Young
  • Professor Ralph Sims
  • Professor Kate McGrath

Biographies

Professor Gerry Carrington

Gerry is committed to bridging the gap between science and its applications. He has had an active role in setting up three companies for implementing energy efficiencies in large industries, industrial heat-recovery and drying systems.

Since the 1980s, Gerry has endeavoured to provide objective analyses of the energy issues facing New Zealand for the public and for government. He was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand president’s panel on energy in 2005-06, contributing to the panel’s report, 2020: Energy Opportunities and is the author of a textbook, Basic Thermodynamics, published by Oxford University Press in 1993.

Gerry is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Otago, where he led the introduction of energy management programmes and was the founding director of the interdisciplinary Applied Science programme. He is also a trustee of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust.

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Dr Janet Stephenson

Janet is a social scientist with a particular interest in societal responses to environmental challenges. She is the co-leader of the 3-year Energy Cultures research programme, an interdisciplinary project investigating household energy behaviour. She recently completed a study for EECA, titled "Social Acceptance of Renewable Electricity Developments in New Zealand."

Janet has researched and written about people's perceptions of landscapes, and is co-editor of the recent book, Beyond the Scene – Landscape and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is also involved in research on the management of resources in which Maori have a particular interest. 

Janet is a founding trustee of NERI, a member of the Otago Energy Research Centre and Director of the Centre for the Study of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Otago.

Dr Morgan Williams

Morgan has held research, policy and leadership positions for high profile organisations throughout the South Pacific, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (21 years), and as New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (10 years).

He also chairs the World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand, and holds several other trustee and advisory positions for various environment-focused organisations.

He has degrees in ecology from the universities of Canterbury (BSc and MSc) and Bath (PhD), and an honorary doctorate in natural resources from Lincoln University.

 

Paul Young

Paul is a self-employed researcher, currently undertaking research for the Sustainability Council of New Zealand and the Morgan Foundation.  In 2011, Paul helped form Generation Zero and has remained heavily involved in a voluntary capacity.

He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Otago and completed an MSc modelling ocean wave power systems. He attended the 2010 United Nations Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

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Professor Ralph Sims

Ralph is Professor of Sustainable Energy and Director of the Centre for Energy Research, Massey University.

He is a former lead report author with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a former senior analyst with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Kate McGrath

Professor Kate McGrath

Kate is Vice-Provost (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the Chair of the Board of VicLink Ltd and is also on the Boards of several start up companies.

She completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury, NZ, before moving to The Australian National University, Australia where she obtained her PhD.  After finishing her PhD Kate took up a post-doctoral position in Paris at L’Université de Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris VI, in France, followed by a fellowship at Princeton University, USA.  Kate’s first lecturing position was at the University of Otago, where she stayed for six years, completing a PGDipCom in Finance in her spare time.  In 2004 she moved to Victoria University of Wellington.  

In 2011 Kate was promoted to Professor and became the Director of the MacDiarmid Institute, a position she held until July 2015. During this time Kate was also the Chair of the association of Centres of Research Excellence.  Kate’s research has been recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2003 Easterfield Medal) and the New Zealand Association of Scientists (2007 Research Medal).  In 2013 Kate was awarded the Wellington Gold Inspire Wellington Award.

Staff
     

Simon Arnold, Chief Executive

Simon is MD of arnold.co.nz that commercialises physics and engineering based technologies, he is an Executive Director of Blended Fuel Solutions NZ (BFSNZ) and Nufuels.  BFSNZ supplies emulsified fuels that are more efficient and cleaner burning than unprocessed marine fuel oils.  Nufuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of BFSNZ, is producing a burner fuel, KeroselTM, from tyres.  BFSNZ also runs the Clean Tech Centre at Otaki.

Simon is convener of the Liquid Biofuels Interest Group of Bioenergy Association of NZ, honorary CEO of the NZ High Temperature Superconductor Industry Association, a past President and life member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Policy Council of Business Central, and was CEO of the NZ Manufacturers Federation in the late 1990s.

Simon is MD of arnold.co.nz that commercialises physics and engineering based technologies, he is an Executive Director of Blended Fuel Solutions NZ (BFSNZ) and Nufuels.  BFSNZ supplies emulsified fuels that are more efficient and cleaner burning than unprocessed marine fuel oils.  Nufuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of BFSNZ, is producing a burner fuel, KeroselTM, from tyres.  BFSNZ also runs the Clean Tech Centre at Otaki.

Simon is convener of the Liquid Biofuels Interest Group of Bioenergy Association of NZ, honorary CEO of the NZ High Temperature Superconductor Industry Association, a past President and life member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Policy Council of Business Central, and was CEO of the NZ Manufacturers Federation in the late 1990s.