About

Our Board

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

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Pete Hodgson (Chair)

Pete Hodgson is a former Cabinet Minister (New Zealand Government 1999 –2008) governing a variety of portfolios included Research, Science and Technology; Economic Development; and Commerce. Following a period on the Board of Otago Innovation Limited (OIL), Pete was appointed Chief Executive of the company in 2014. OIL is responsible for supporting University of Otago researchers in developing and commercialising their intellectual property.

Pete is also the New Zealand Independent Chair with the Australia and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching. He has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science from Massey University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (with Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Elena Trout

Elena Trout is a qualified civil engineer with extensive experience in the planning, development and implementation of large engineering and technical projects. She has held senior management roles in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors and has been involved in a number of high-profile and nationally significant socio-economic infrastructure projects. Elena is a past President and Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.

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Jennifer Kerr

Jennifer Kerr has extensive international experience in the HR and health, safety and wellbeing sectors in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She was formerly General Manager of Customers, People and Environment at Transpower and Group Director Human Resources and Health & Safety at Fonterra. She has also operated her own consultancy business, and prior to that was the Group Manager of Human Resources for Mobil Oil for all of Europe.

Jennifer has governance experience in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including pension plan trustee roles in both countries. Jennifer is a member of New Zealand Global Women and has taken an active role during her career in mentoring and coaching other women to achieve their potential. She is of Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama descent.

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Matanuku Mahuika

Matanuku Mahuika has more than 25 years’ experience as a lawyer advising on a wide range of corporate, commercial, Treaty of Waitangi, Māori land and administrative law issues. He has experience in working with early stage and start-up businesses and has held a wide variety of directorships and governance roles. Matanuku’s tribal affiliations are Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Raukawa.

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Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly MSc(Hons) is an ex-scientist, strategist, high-tech product developer, and commercialisation professional who has spent the last 20 years in the science and technology sector. She is co-CEO of New Zealand biotech startup, Taylored Technologies, leveraging advanced technologies to discover and harness the boundaries of human potential and creating the world's first human instruction manual. 

In 2006, Rachel moved to California to work for a Fortune 150 biotech/high-tech manufacturing company where she led, managed and grew multi-million-dollar business units within the USA, South East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa. She returned to New Zealand in 2014 and has been heavily involved with stimulating the regional and national technology ecosystem. Rachel is a co-founder of the Waikato technology cluster, former Deputy Chair of NZTech, former elected member on the New Zealand Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum Executive Council and former Ministerial Advisor on the Digital Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Rachel has worked with award-winning and innovative tech startups including CoHired and Nyriad, and led Gallagher's Enterprise Security division as Chief Product Officer.

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Shaun Hendy

Shaun Hendy FRSNZ is Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland. Shaun teaches in both the Department of Physics and the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland. 

Shaun worked as a scientist at Industrial Research Ltd from 1998-2013, and at Callaghan Innovation as an Industry and Outreach Fellow in 2013. He also lectured at Victoria University of Wellington from 2003-2013 and was Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology from 2008-2012. In 2012, Shaun was awarded the Callaghan Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize for his work as a science communicator. In 2013 he was awarded the E. O. Tuck medal for his research in applied mathematics, and co-authored Get Off the Grass with the late Sir Paul Callaghan. His most recent book, Silencing Science, was released in May 2016.

Updated: 29 March 2022