Science New Zealand CE retires

The Chief Executive of Science New Zealand, Anthony Scott, is to retire at the end of March this year. 

Mr Scott was appointed Executive Director of the Association of Crown Research Institutes in 2001, and became Chief Executive of its successor, Science New Zealand in 2008.

Science New Zealand Chair Dr Sue Bidrose says Mr Scott’s leadership has been significant for the evolution of the Crown-owned research organisations and the wider research sector over more than  22 years.

“Anthony is a strong advocate for the value of the science being done at our research organisations, and the benefits and potential it brings for New Zealand’s ever-changing economy, environment and society. 

“He has led and encouraged greater understanding, collaboration and cooperation across the wider research, government and business sectors, in New Zealand and wider afield.   This enables New Zealand to get even greater value from its science investment, and create more opportunities for New Zealand’s future. 

“We are extremely grateful for Anthony’s leadership, insights and service.  We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Anthony Scott said: “It has been a huge privilege to support the talented and dedicated people throughout the member organisations of Science New Zealand, and to play some part in how the group and the wider sector continues to evolve. 

“Albeit now from the sidelines,  I will continue to be a strong supporter of the vital role for science, innovation and technology in the prosperity and wellbeing of our communities, regions and nation.”

A recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is underway.