New Zealand in Space Exhibition assessment panel
An assessment panel appointed by MBIE will assess eligible New Zealand in Space Exhibition proposals and will advise us on which proposal to fund.
Proposals are assessed against the assessment criteria set out in the Call for Proposals.
If you are submitting a proposal for the New Zealand in Space Exhibition, check the assessment panel for any potential conflicts of interest. If you identify a potential conflict, email NZSpaceAgency@mbie.govt.nz immediately with the following details so we can reassign assessors if necessary:
- your application reference
- your contact phone number
- the assessor’s name or names
- the reason for your concern.
Peter Crabtree - Panel Chair (voting)
General Manager Science, Innovation and International, MBIE
Dr Peter Crabtree is the General Manager Science, Innovation and International at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He currently has responsibility for enterprise policy, science and innovation policy, international science partnerships, trade and regulatory cooperation, international strategy and leadership of the New Zealand Space Agency functions.
Willy-John Martin - Assessor
Director Māori Science and Innovation, MBIE
Willy-John is Pou Pūtaiao, Director Māori Science and Innovation at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He was previously Manager Vision Mātauranga and Capacity Development for the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge, based at Callaghan Innovation. This followed a research career as biomedical researcher in Australia and New Zealand. Willy-John’s expertise brings together Māori and Indigenous perspectives with the tools of the science sector.
Astrid Smeele - Assessor
Manager, Engagement and Communications, MBIE
Astrid Smeele is the Manager of the Engagement and Communications team for the Labour, Science and Enterprise Group at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This portfolio of work includes providing strategic communications advice and managing internal and external media communications activity. Prior to this, she has had various communications roles including external relations in the private sector, Press Secretary to a Senior Cabinet Minister and political reporter.
Chris Arcus - Assessor
Lead Advisor, Curriculum Teaching & Learning, Ministry of Education
Chris Arcus is the Lead Advisor for Curriculum Support, Early Learning and Student Achievement at the Ministry of Education. This is a leadership role, primarily focused on enabling professional learning and development for teachers. His experience in education encompasses implementation of New Zealand’s Curriculum and programmes focused on raising achievement of Māori and Pasifika student and students with special education needs.