With Callaghan Innovation scheduled to commence operations on February 1, the government has announced an eight-member board to lead the new crown entity.
The Callaghan Innovation board will be chaired by Sue Suckling, who is currently chairing the establishment board, and according to a statement, has extensive experience in change management at a governance level.
IRL board member Richard Janes, Auckland Transport director Paul Lockey and Australian company director Dr Michele Allan will also move from the establishment board to the new board.
New board members are New Zealand Trade and Enterprise director Robin Hapi, Professor Peter Hunter from Auckland University and commercial entrepreneurs Sir Peter Maire and Craig Richardson.
Science and innovation minister Steven Joyce said the board’s key focus over the coming months would be overseeing the bedding in of Callaghan Innovation operations in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury, including bringing together the current operations of IRL, MBIE’s business investments team and the Auckland Foodbowl.