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The George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment's (GMCNE) is managed by an Oversight Board and an Expert Advisory Board.

Oversight Board

Board members
Professor John Hosking, Dean of Science
John Auld, Representative for the George Mason Charitable Trust
Suzanne Service, Philanthropist

The Oversight Board is responsible for:

  • Policy development for the centre.
  • Liaison with the University of Auckland Foundation as to on-going funding of the centre.
  • Review and approval of an annual business plan and budget.
  • Approval of delegated authorities to the Advisory Group.
  • Approval of detailed funding distribution recommendations from the Advisory Group that exceed approved delegated authorities.
  • Monitoring financial expenditure of the centre.
  • Monitoring and assessing research outcomes of the centre.


Expert Advisory Board

Board members School or department
Professor Simon Thrush (Chair) Institute of Marine Sciences
Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine School of Biological Sciences
Dr Tra Dinh Department of Physics
Dr Heide Friedrich Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Daniel Hikuroa Te Wānanga o Waipapa
Professor Richard Le Heron School of Environment
Professor George Perry School of Environment
Associate Professor Jennifer Salmond School of Environment
Associate Professor Nicolas Shears Institute of Marine Sciences
Professor James Wright School of Chemical Sciences

The Expert Advisory Board is responsible for:

  • Review and evaluation of proposals for new projects.
  • Making recommendations to the Director about proposals that meet programme inclusion criteria.
  • Research funds will be allocated by the Director in consultation with the Advisory Group, following consideration of competitive applications.
  • Identify and build connections between projects.
  • Promotion of the Centre.