Current board vacancies

This page provides details of current vacancies for boards that we monitor on behalf of responsible ministers.

We are seeking expressions of interest for the board positions as set out below.

New Zealand Growth Capital Partners Limited Director

Posted on: 2 August 2022
Application closes on: 17 August 2022
Location: Wellington

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On behalf of Shareholding Ministers, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced candidates for the role of Director, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners Limited (NZGCP).

The objective of NZGCP is to stimulate a well-functioning capital market for early-stage technology companies. NZGCP are responsible for two investment vehicles; the Aspire NZ Seed Fund (Aspire Fund) and the Elevate NZ Venture Fund (Elevate Fund), which are designed to stimulate private investment into this space through co-investment and fund of funds models.

People with the following qualities are sought to fill this vacancy:

  • A genuine interest in developing New Zealand’s early-stage investment market and helping early-stage companies grow.
  • Previous experience on public sector boards.
  • A strong understanding of the public sector.
  • A good understanding of governance responsibilities and accountability under the Companies Act 1993 and the Crown Entities Act 2004
  • An appreciation of the role of the Crown as an investor, and the need to maximise the value to New Zealand from Crown-funded investments.
  • Risk and regulatory management experience.
  • An understanding of Te Ao Māori and a strong connection to Māori business.

Candidates will be expected to have a genuine interest in the work of NZGCP, as well as the motivation and availability needed to be able to effectively carry out the role of Board Director.

Applications close on 17 August 2022.

Please refer to the position description for more details:

New Zealand Growth Capital Partners Limited Board Director

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz


Crown Research Institutes Directors

Posted on: 4 August 2022
Application closes on: 24 August 2022
Location: Wellington

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On behalf of the shareholding Ministers, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as Directors for Crown Research Institutes (CRI) boards.

MBIE is seeking Directors on the following CRI boards: Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS Science), New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion) and New Zealand Institute of Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant and Food Research).

The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation is seeking candidates who can provide one or more of the following specific skills and experience:

  • Financial acumen, including audit and risk management experience.
  • A background in science, with strong credibility and connections across New Zealand’s science system.
  • Strong governance experience.
  • Strategic leadership and financial leadership skills.
  • Legal expertise, preferably with experience in litigation.

Candidates will be expected to have a genuine interest in the work of ESR, GNS Science, Scion and/or Plant and Food Research, as well as the motivation and availability needed to be able to effectively carry out the role a CRI board Director.

Applications close 24 August 2022.

Please refer to the position description for more details:

Crown Research Institutes – Director roles

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz.


Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) Chair

Posted on: 4 August 2022
Application closes on: 24 August 2022
Location: Wellington

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On behalf of the shareholding Ministers, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as Chair of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) Board.

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) is a Crown Research Institute (CRI) that provides specialist science solutions related to forensic science and public and environmental health. ESR uses world-leading science to safeguard our health, keep our communities safer, protect our food-based economy, and improve the health of our water and natural environment.

People with the following qualities are sought to fill this vacancy:

  • Strong governance experience, including previous experience in Chair roles.
  • Strong commercial acumen and/or commercialisation skills.
  • Strategy development experience and strategic leadership skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Te Ao Māori and connections to Māori.
  • Experience managing organisational change or transformation.
  • Deep knowledge of and/or experience in the public sector.
  • Experience in public health.

Candidates will be expected to have a genuine interest in ESR’s work, as well as the motivation and availability needed to be able to effectively carry out the role of the ESR Board Chair.

Applications close on 24 August 2022.

Please refer to the position description for more details:

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) – Chair

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz.


Last updated: 05 August 2022