April 04, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Dr Dianne McCarthy, CRSNZ CNZM has been appointed as Chair of the NZIER board from 1 April 2019.

We also welcome Grant Pryde to the board. Grant has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Mr Walls and will be available for re-election at NZIER’s AGM in September 2019.

Dr Dianne McCarthy was appointed to the role of Chair after the resignation of Mr Michael Walls, who served as a director of NZIER from 1993-1998 and as Chair from 1998-2019.

“I am honoured to take on this role” said Dianne.  “NZIER has a proud tradition as the premier centre of applied economic research in New Zealand, and together with my fellow board members I look forward to enhancing this tradition.  I wish  to pay tribute to my predecessor, Michael Walls, for his astute stewardship  of the board over a long period of time”.

Dr Dianne McCarthy, CRSNZ CSNM

Dianne has extensive experience in a number of senior management and governance roles in the tertiary education, science and health sectors. She holds a BA BSc MSc (Hons) and PhD from the University of Auckland.

The former CEO of the Royal Society of New Zealand, she is now a Director of the Cawthron Institute, a member of the governance boards of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, and is Chair of the Ageing Well National Science Challenge. She is a Trustee of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Hearing Research Foundation (NZ).

She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Education in 2008, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand for her services to Science in 2015, and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to science, business and women in 2016.

Dianne is a member of NZIER’s Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Grant Pryde

Grant is the Director of Ichor Leadership Search, a Wellington-based executive search firm that has a portfolio of clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in New Zealand. Well-known for delivering advice that works to enhance organisational success, Grant’s particular expertise is in leading national and international search assignments and completing complex leadership appointments.

With over 30 years’ experience in executive search, Grant has developed long-standing client relationships advising Boards, Chief Executives and senior leaders. His consulting career began with an international search firm, which he became a Director of in 1991. He then joined an Auckland-based firm where he conducted international searches predominantly in the professional services, information technology and government sectors. Commencing his career in human resources and training and development, Grant moved to the information technology industry, where he held several national management positions before transitioning into management consulting.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canterbury, and a Diploma in Business Studies from Massey University. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Grant chairs NZIER’s Remuneration Committee.

 For further information please contact: Board Secretary