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Mike McWilliams

Chief Executive
Mike McWilliams
Phd, Australian National UniversityMike leads the Executive Management Team, directs the management of the Company and is responsible for strategy, policy, investment and science programmes. He joined GNS Science in September 2013. Mike served as Chief of the Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering at CSIRO from 2008 to 2013, leading the development and transfer of new technologies to solve national challenges in the Australian energy and minerals sectors. He was Professor of Applied Physics and Director of the John de Laeter Centre for Isotope Research from 2006 to 2008. Mike was a scientist and teacher at Stanford University for 29 years, beginning as a postdoctoral scientist and culminating as Professor of Geological and Environmental Science.Mike was awarded a PhD degree in Geophysics from the Australian National University, an MSc degree in Geophysics from the University of Toronto and a BS degree in Physics from St. Lawrence University. [Publication list]

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.

Neal 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.