NZBRI Board Members

These are the current directors of New Zealand Brain Research Ltd, who serve voluntarily to provide guidance to the Institute.

Dr Cheryl Doig

Chairperson - Director Think Beyond Ltd

Dr Cheryl Doig, Chairperson of the NZBRI Board, is Director of Think Beyond, an organisation focused on future leadership trends and strategic thinking. She works internationally and virtually with organisations, business leaders and educators. She combines past experience as a successful principal, with current expertise as a businesswoman and board director. Cheryl has been board chair of both NZIM and CORE Education, is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on a number of trusts and advisory groups. She is a member of the Association for Professional Futurists and the World Futures Society.

Professor Ivan Donaldson

Independent Director - Owner Pegasus Bay Winery

Ivan was a professor of clinical neurology and a noted expert in movement disorders. He was a driving force in establishing neurological research in Christchurch and has been a strong supporter of the Institute from before its inception. He and the Donaldson family were also pioneers in establishing the now-thriving viticulture industry in Canterbury.

Mike Stenhouse

CMRF Board Representative - Director Sheffield Consulting Ltd

Mike's extensive HR experienced encompasses Executive Search and Selection, Board Appointments and Board Effectiveness Reviews, Remuneration Consulting and Organisational Development projects. He has also contributed his Organisational Development expertise to Governance and CEO review processes and Strategic Planning facilitation. Fellow, New Zealand Institute of Management, Member of the Institute of Directors, NZ – Accredited Director

Professor Steve Weaver

Independent Director

Steve Weaver has held the post of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Canterbury, for the last four years and is a widely experienced science researcher and educationalist.
Steve completed his PhD at the University of London, and this involved field work in the Kenya Rift Valley. At one stage he worked for the anthropologist, Richard Leakey, searching for fossil primates, and later as a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi. Steve came to New Zealand in 1978 to lead work on the southern Pacific Rim. This involved many trips through Scott Base to the remote mountains of West Antarctica. “Weaver Peninsula”, on King George Island records Steve’s first trip to the southern continent in 1974.
Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, our national academy, and is currently a Director of GNS Science Ltd, Research &Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd, and Brain Research NZ.
His partner, Margaux Hlavac, is Head of School at Cashmere High and they share a family of 5 talented children.

Simon Carey

CMRF Board Rep - Partner Grant Thornton NZ

Simon commenced his career with Grant Thornton in 2004 as a senior manager in the Business Advisory division. He progressed to Principal in 2006 and became a Partner in 2007.

Simon specialises in capital raising, valuations, turnaround, re-structuring and consulting work. He advises on strategic planning for profit-oriented and charitable organisations.

Professor Ian Wright

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, UC

Professor Ian Wright is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at University of Canterbury since August 2016. He has extensive experience in research and technological leadership and management, having previously worked at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington, and eight years at the National Oceanography Centre / University of Southampton in the UK.

Professor David Murdoch

Professor David Murdoch

Dean Otago Medical School, Christchurch

Professor David Murdoch is Dean and Head of Campus of the University of Otago, Christchurch. An infectious diseases expert, David was previously Head of the School’s Department of Pathology for 14 years and has been a Clinical Microbiologist for the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) since 2000