About us

Our Board

Our Board governs Callaghan Innovation’s performance and leads our strategic direction.

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Sue Suckling – Chair

Sue Suckling is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors with over 20 years’ experience in sectors spanning agriculture, international marketing, electricity, education, health, banking, science and technology, manufacturing, education, service sectors, communications and government. She is currently the Chair of ECL Group, Barker Fruit Processors, Jacobsen Holdings Ltd and NZQA. She is  a director of Sky City Entertainment Group and Restaurant Brands. Sue has previously been Chair of NIWA and AgriQuality NZ, Director and Deputy Chair of GNS Science, a director of Antarctica NZ and a member of the Takeovers Panel.

In 1996 Sue was awarded an OBE for her contribution to New Zealand. In 2011 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in April 2014 became a Companion of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Lincoln University.

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Al Monro

Al Monro is an experienced director, CEO and executive in the digital and technology sectors. He has experience in start-ups through to multinationals, both in New Zealand and international markets.

Al is Principal and Director at Broadfield Advisory, which he co-founded in 2013 to help New Zealand technology companies expand globally. He also serves on the Board of eStar, and is Chairman of the Board for Foster Moore and Spidertracks. He was Chief Executive of NextWindow and spent 18 years with IBM in New Zealand and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Canterbury.

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Frances Valintine

Frances Valintine is Founder and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, a first of its kind private public partnership focussed on digital literacy in teaching. Ms Valintine is also the founder and Director of Tech Futures Lab. She sits on the board of NZTech and Education New Zealand. Ms Valintine has a strong interest in disruptive technology, diversity and the power of the community.

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George Gong

George Gong is an entrepreneur and angel investor with more than 20 years’ rich business experience in the information technology industry. In 2016, he started Zino Ventures, the first Chinese angel fund in New Zealand. Mr Gong has strong connections to China, where he began his career, and notably co-founded Beyondsoft.

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Kate McGrath

Kate McGrath was recently promoted to Vice-Provost of Research at Victoria University. She has excellent experience in working to commercialise research. Dr McGrath serves on the board of three start-up companies, and is a Trustee of the National Energy Research Institute. She is the Chair of VicLink and is tasked with leading the University’s research endeavours to deliver high quality research outcomes. Dr McGrath was also a Director and Ex-officio Board member at MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE).

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Robin Hapi

Robin Hapi is currently a member of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Board, Chair/Te Amokapua of the Council of Te Wananga o Raukawa, the inaugural recipient of the Haomoana Fellowship at Massey University and a Board member of Te Pou Matakana Ltd the North Island Commissioning Agency for Whanau Ora. Robin also chairs the Te Aute Trust Board Farm Management Committee and is a member of the Serco Aus/Pac Advisory Board.

Robin has extensive experience in the fisheries industry and held the roles of Chair of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (AFL) and Board Chair of Sealord Group from 2007 until 2011. He was previously CEO of AFL for three years and CEO of the former Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission for thirteen years.

Robin is of Ngati Kahungunu descent and resides in his hometown of Foxton with his wife Kathy. He was educated at Hato Paora Maori Boys College in Feilding and has an MBA (with Distinction) from Massey University. He was awarded a Massey Medal in 2002. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. Robin became a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year Honours.

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Simon Botherway

Simon Botherway has a Bachelor of Commerce with accounting and marketing majors and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr Botherway has served in a number of chief executive and governance roles and has a strong knowledge of technology and commercialisation. Mr Botherway also spent 12 years managing one of New Zealand’s largest institutional equities mandates, was a member of the Securities Commission and chaired the FMA Establishment Board. Mr Botherway brings extensive knowledge of local and global investment and regulatory regimes.

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Stefan Korn

Stefan Korn has a strong understanding of Callaghan Innovation’s role in the innovation system as he was a member of the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group. He currently runs CreativeHQ, a leading business incubator that works with more than 190 startup ventures, and was a founding investor in Lightning Lab.

Updated: 5 December 2017