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Executive Managers

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

General Manager, 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

General Manager, 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

General Manger, 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.

Ian Graham

Director, Research
Ian Graham
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
Ian is responsible for maintaining an overview of Government-funded research across the organisation. He monitors the quality and delivery of contracted and core-funded research, seeks ways to maintain viable research revenue streams, and ensures that lines of communication with Government funding bodies, other Crown Research Institutes and universities are open and constructive. Ian is an isotope geochemist with applied expertise in volcanology, mineralisation, climate change, and basement geohistory.

Desmond Darby

General Manager, Strategy
Desmond Darby
PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Desmond leads our strategy formation across the government and the private sectors, and advises the Chief Executive in these areas. He also manages the public relations and outreach staff, and co-ordinates student scholarships and supervisions. He previously managed our crustal dynamics team, and led the major research programme on The Effects of Plate Tectonics on New Zealand. Desmond is a Director of New Zealand Synchrotron Group Ltd and he was chair of FRST's Postdoctoral Fellowship Advisory Committee.

Rob Johnston

General Manager, Business Development
Rob Johnston
BSc, Dip ORS, Dip Tchng
Rob’s portfolio includes managing the Company’s commercial operations and intellectual property issues. Rob joined GNS Science in 2004. He has extensive experience in managing information systems, corporate functions and processing operations in New Zealand companies. This includes senior positions with Tasman Forestry and with Public Trust.

Graham Clarke

Chief Financial Officer
Graham Clarke
Chartered Accountant
Graham leads the Company’s finance operations ensuring appropriate policies, procedures and practices are developed and maintained. His team provides the full range of financial services to support the Company’s operations, including financial reporting and advice to management and to the Board to allow them to effectively undertake their respective roles. His team also takes responsibility for various operational aspects including procurement, property, insurance, and internal audit. Graham is a Director of Meatvision Limited, one of our joint venture operations.

Rawiri Faulkner

General Manager, Māori Strategy
Rawiri Faulkner
BA, Victoria University of Wellington
Rawiri has the role of building strong relationships between GNS Science and iwi to find ways of unlocking the innovation potential of iwi/Māori communities. He also provides support for our staff and management to develop Māori research and innovation as an integral part of what we do. Rawiri’s extensive experience includes previous positions at the Foundation for Research Science and Technology and the Ministry of Research Science and Technology, as well as a variety of roles in local government. He also holds a number of governance roles. He has Iwi affiliations to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngai Te Rangi.

Lynley Smith

Manager, Information Services (acting)
Lynley Smith
BCom, University of Otago
Lynley leads the Information Services team which provides essential support for GNS Science with IT infrastructure and operations, Applications development, Records management and Library services. Lynley joined GNS in 2008 and has over 20 years experience in the IT industry, in both the private and public sectors. She has held both line management and project management roles, and been responsible for developing applications for a wide range of organisations.

Kelvin Berryman

Director, Natural Hazards Research Platform
Kelvin Berryman
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
Kelvin manages the research platform that integrates New Zealand’s government-funded research in natural hazards. The portfolio encompasses geological and weather-related hazards, integrated natural hazard risk, resilient engineering and infrastructure research, and societal and land-use planning aspects of natural hazard mitigation. Kelvin has been with GNS Science since 1992, and has a research background in geology with specialisations in mapping, active fault studies, coastal terraces and tsunami deposits, and hazard and risk assessment.

Peter Barker

General Counsel
Barrister and Solicitor
Peter Barker
As General Council, Peter provides legal and commercial advice to GNS Science. He is a commercial lawyer with experience in intellectual property. Peter has been a partner in a national law firm, and has worked in the finance and film industries.