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Executive Managers

Mike McWilliams

Chief Executive
Mike McWilliams
Phd, Australian National University
Mike 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]

Terry Webb

Director, Natural Hazards Division
Terry Webb
PhD, University of Canterbury
Terry leads the Natural Hazards Division which undertakes research and consultancy in earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami, and geological mapping. He has been with GNS Science since 1992. A seismologist by training, Terry specialises in seismic and tsunami hazard and risk assessment.

Kevin Faure

Director, Geological Resources Division
Kevin Faure
PhD, University of Cape Town
Kevin leads the Geological Resources Division that does basic and applied research in the areas of Oil and Gas, Geothermal, Marine Geoscience, Onshore and Off-shore Minerals, and Paleontology. Kevin is a geochemist, specialising in stable isotope geochemistry. He has worked as an exploration and mining geologist in South Africa and as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Japan. He joined GNS Science in 1997 and has worked primarily on ore deposits, submarine volcanoes, gas hydrates and geothermal springs.

Chris Daughney

Director, National Isotope Centre
Chris Daughney
Chris leads the National Isotope Centre which specialises in research and consultancy in Isotope Biogeosciences, Ion Beam Technologies and Hydrogeology. Chris holds a B.Sc from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a PhD from McGill University, Canada. He conducted his post-doctoral research in Environmental Geophysics at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1997 – 1999) and in Geomicrobiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada (2000 – 2001) before moving to GNS Science in 2002. His research is in the general area of hydrogeology with a focus on groundwater chemistry.

Ian Graham

Director, Research
Ian Graham
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington, BSc (Hons I), MMin Tech, University of Otago
Ian is responsible for maintaining an overview of the public good research undertaken across the organisation. He monitors the quality and delivery of contracted research, seeks ways to ensure 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 specialist expertise in volcanology, mineral deposition, climate change, and terrane evolution.

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. 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. He has chaired 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
CA, BCA, Victoria University of Wellington
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.

Tony Stone

General Manager, Human Resources
Tony Stone
Tony joined GNS Science in 2003 and was appointed General Manager, Human Resources in 2007. He has a Diploma in Industrial Relations from Victoria University and is a trained mediator. He is also a mentor for the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand mentoring programme. Tony’s responsibilities include payroll, training, recruitment, health & safety, and employee relations. Prior to joining GNS Science, Tony held HR positions in a number of private, public and health sector organisations.

Rawiri Faulkner

General Manager, Māori Strategy
Rawiri Faulkner
BA, Victoria University of Wellington
Rawiri has the role of building strong relationships which seek to unlock the innovation potential of iwi/Mâori communities for the benefit of all New Zealanders. He also provides support for GNS Science staff and management to ensure Mâori research and innovation is an integral part of what we do. Rawiri brings extensive experience to GNS Science which include 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 Ngâti Whakaue, Ngâti Huia, Ngâti Toa Rangatira and Ngai Te Rangi.

Lynley Smith

Manager, Information Services (acting)
Lynley Smith
BCom, University of Otago
Lynley is currently acting Manager for Information Services. The Information Services team provides essential infrastructure for GNS Science including IT Operations, Applications, Records and Library services. Lynley has over 20 years experience in the IT industry, in both the private and public sectors, developing and managing applications for a range of organisations and based on a number of different development platforms.

Kelvin Berryman

Manager, Natural Hazards Research Platform
Kelvin Berryman
PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
Kelvin manages the research platform that integrates all of New Zealand’s government-funded research in natural hazards. The portfolio ranges from 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 a research background in geology with specialisations in mapping, active fault studies, tsunami deposits, and hazard and risk assessment.

Peter Barker

General Counsel
Barrister and Solicitor
Peter Barker
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 entertainment industries.