Our Governance

BRNZ’s governance board is chaired by Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO. The board provides the Directorate with external oversight and guidance on the Centre’s operations. Along with Sir Don, there is representation from each of the four main institutions contributing to the Centre and three external members. They were selected based on their immense Māori, community and business expertise.

Sir Donald Charles "Don" McKinnon ONZ GCVO (born 27 February 1939) is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. He was the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations from 2000 until 2008.

Sir Don McKinnon (Chair) ONZ, GCVO

 

Sir Donald McKinnon served as the Commonwealth Secretary-General from 2000 to 2008. He is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. In 1990 he also became Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and later Leader of the House and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.

During an almost decade-long tenure as New Zealand’s longest serving Foreign Minister, he was also the inspiration behind what now has become The Asia Society from the Asia 2000 Group and also the Centre for Strategic Studies both Wellington based.

He now Chairs the Governance Board of Brain Research New Zealand along with being a patron of the New Zealand War Graves Trust, the Rutherford Foundations and Trustee of Asia Foundation. Don McKinnon was the CEO of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is now the Chair of Regional Facilities Auckland and the New Zealand China Council. 

The New Zealand Government awarded him its highest honour, the “Order of New Zealand” ONZ and Queen Elizabeth II awarded Don McKinnon a Knighthood being the Knight Grand Cross of the Victorian Order G.C.V.O.

 

 

Mrs Fleming is the Chair of Alzheimer’s New Zealand Charitable Trust, Honorary Vice President of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Mrs Wendy Fleming

Mrs Fleming is the Chair of Alzheimer’s New Zealand Charitable Trust, Honorary Vice President of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Professor Weaver is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Canterbury. He is responsible for driving the strategic research direction and overall research performance of the University.

Professor Steve Weaver

Professor Weaver is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Canterbury. He is responsible for driving the strategic research direction and overall research performance of the University.

Mr Offen is a Dunedin accountant, entrepreneur and council member Neurological Foundation of NZ.

Mr Tony Offen

Mr Offen is a Dunedin accountant, entrepreneur and council member Neurological Foundation of NZ.

Professor Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), and Professor in Physics, at the University of Otago

Professor Richard Blaikie

Professor Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), and Professor in Physics, at the University of Otago and oversees all of the research and commercialisation activities of the University. He is also the Director of the Brain Health Research Centre at the University of Otago.

 

 

Professor Abbott is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (North Shore) and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT

Professor Max Abbott

Professor Abbott is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (North Shore) and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT and the Director of the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research.

Professor Fraser is the Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Professor John Fraser

Professor Fraser is the Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Professor Hunter is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) at the University of Otago. In recognition of his contribution to New Zealand and international science, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Professor Keith Hunter

Professor Hunter is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) at the University of Otago. In recognition of his contribution to New Zealand and international science, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

 

 Professor Jim Metson

Professor Jim Metson 

Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the Uninversity of Auckland. He assists the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy, research management and performance and develops relationships with the University’s research funders and collaborators.