2022 Funding Round Panellists
The Panel members appointed by MBIE will make the final funding decisions for the 2022 Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable Fund.
If you’ve submitted a proposal for the 2022 Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable Fund funding round, check the list of Panel members below for any potential conflicts of interest. If you identify a potential conflict, email us immediately with the following details so we can discuss this with you:
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Professor Ken Hughey
Department of Conservation, and Lincoln University
Professor Hughey is currently the Chief Science Advisor at the Department of Conservation and Professor of Environmental Management at Lincoln University. Professor Hughey’s work specialises in innovative approaches to current environmental problems such as competing demands for water resources, water conservation, climate change adaptation, and collaborative management of natural resources. He led the development and implementation of the River Values Assessment System (RiVAS), a tool to rank different values across or within rivers.
Ms Jackie Plummer
Ministry of Education
Ms Plummer is the Lead Curriculum Adviser, Teaching & Learning Services at the Ministry of Education.
Jackie is a Lead Adviser in the Te Poutāhū (Curriculum) group at the Ministry of Education. Her team is responsible for supporting all learners to grow their knowledge, skills, and competencies in science, literacy, the arts and learning languages.
Jackie has been with the Ministry of Education since early 2019 and is a trained primary school teacher.
Previously, she worked in Environmental Reporting for the Ministry for the Environment. She holds a MSc in Conservation Biology and a BSc in Ecology, Biodiversity and Marine Biology.
Dr Odette Frost-Kruse
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Dr Frost is the Principal Policy Advisor in the Pacific Policy team Langa Le Va at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. She completed her PhD in public policy at the Auckland University of Technology, and previously worked as a senior consultant in policy, research and evaluation across health, social development, economic development and international development sectors. Dr Frost is the chairperson of Tunuma Creative, a charitable trust implementing music mentoring programmes, and serves on the Board of Governors of Queen Margaret College. Odette is Samoan and has a home and plantation in the village of Faatoia.
Royal Society Te Apārangi
Kahu is currently Pou Tiaki – Te Apārangi at the Royal Society based in Wellington. She trained as a primary school teacher at North Shore Teachers College, Auckland and taught at a variety of schools over the next 27 years, only taking very short breaks when her 3 children were born, from Auckland to Cambridge and finally as principal of Te Kura o Ngāti Haua, a kura reo rumaki, total immersion reo Māori school. She was part of the first cohort of teachers to be trained in delivering Mātauranga Māori, Pūtaiao, Pāngarau and Te Reo at Waikato University.
In 2002 Kahu ventured into the arts with Taki Rua Theatre Company and for 4 seasons, across 2 years, toured with her daughter Riria as actors in Witi Ihimaera’s play ‘Woman Far Walking’ depicting the history of Aotearoa from the day Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed. Kahu has written a play in te reo Māori which toured Aotearoa in 2004 and again in 2016 when it was viewed by more than 8000 people of all ages.
During this time Kahu also worked for 16 years at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, managing and delivering Home Based Learning programmes.
Professor David Hutchinson
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, and University of Otago
Professor Hutchinson is the Departmental Science Advisor in the Science System Investment and Performance branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and Professor of Physics at the University of Otago. He is also the Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre of Research Excellence and Chair of the Board of the Otago Museum. His research focuses on the quantum theory of ultracold atomic physics. He is also actively engaged in education outreach through the Dodd-Walls Centre, University and Museum.
Ms Ellen Rykers
Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
Ms Rykers is a research analyst and writer at the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. She is also an award-winning science journalist, and her work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, New Zealand Geographic and North & South. Ms Rykers completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry at the Australian National University and a Master of Science Communication at the University of Otago.