Governance - CEO and Board

  Brian Vass (CEO)
Brian has a track record of developing and successfully exiting multi-national businesses in Europe, Asia and New Zealand with extensive business experience in the fields of energy and technology. He established Energy For Industry as a Meridian subsidiary and ultimately ran the sale to Pioneer Generation. EFI offer Waste to Energy plants including landfill gas and biosolids through Design-Build-Own-Operate contracts. Brian has an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, BA (Hons) Business Studies. He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Certified Technologist (CTech).
  Dr Russell Burton (Chair)
Russell is General Manager of Research and Investments at Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd). He has had a key role in development of a number of Scion’s spin-out companies including Greenweld Technologies Ltd and Wood Hardening Technologies Ltd, He is a founder, former chair and now director of the Biopolymer Network Ltd, and several other science, innovation and commercial enterprises including a former Chair of Health Rotorua Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the Institution of Chemical Engineers United Kingdom, and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
  Ian Boddy (Director)
Ian is a consultant in technology and innovative space, working with universities, Crown Research Institutes, industry bodies and accounting firms. He is Chair of Honey Lab Limited and was previously Chair of AgResearch subsidiary Grasslanz. Dr. Boddy has also held directorships of a number of other businesses including ParaCo Technology, Encoate Holdings, Orico Ltd and Com One Ltd.
  Judith Stanway (Director)
Judith was the Managing Partner of BDO Rotorua Ltd and until recently was the Chair of BDO New Zealand Ltd, a New Zealand-wide chartered accountancy and business advisory firm. Mrs. Stanway is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a director of Scion, Te Papa Tipu Properties Ltd and a number of private companies. She has also chaired the Lakes District Health Board and has been a director of Te Puia.

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