Cawthron Foundation.

Cawthron Foundation is a charitable trust established by Cawthron Institute to further support science, New Zealand and the environment through the philanthropy of others.

Cawthron Foundation is a registered charity (charity no. CC28711). Donations and gifts to the Foundation help us deliver research into areas important to New Zealanders and support emerging and talented New Zealand scientists.


Elizabeth Bean Foundation Manager

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Bob Dickinson Trustee

A passionate Nelsonian, Bob did a BSc at Canterbury University and then worked at the Department of Trade and Industry before moving into management positions in the manufacturing industry.

He went on to receive diplomas in management, business administration and industrial relations before moving home as CEO of the newly formed Tasman District Council, a position he held for 17 years. He was also a Director at Port Nelson Ltd for 13 years and Chief Executive of Tasman Bays Heritage Trust. He's the Chairman of the Cawthron Institute Trust Board and a member of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board.

Moving back to the region allowed Bob to pursue his passion for the outdoors, and in their spare time he and his wife love tramping, skiing, recreational boating, climbing and mountain biking.

Cawthron combines two of Bob's special interests – history and the great outdoors.

Dr Morgan Williams Chair

Morgan grew up on a dairy farm in Canterbury and shifted to Nelson in 2012. He has degrees in ecology from the universities of Canterbury (BSc and MSc) and Bath (PhD), and an honorary doctorate in natural resources from Lincoln University.

Morgan has held research, policy and leadership positions for high profile organisations throughout the South Pacific, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (21 years), and as New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (10 years).

He chairs the World Wide Fund for Nature in New Zealand, and holds several other trustee and advisory positions for various environment-focused organisations. Morgan has a great interest in how people think about the natural world and thus influence the political, social and economic management of the natural capital we all depend on.

Morgan's wife, Pam, is also a Trustee of Cawthron Institute.

Elizabeth Bean Foundation Manager

Elizabeth provides strategic and advisory support to the Cawthron Institute Trust Board and Cawthron Foundation. She also guides the Foundation’s community engagement, philanthropic and education programmes.  The role combines Elizabeth’s passion for science, a belief in philanthropy and the desire to see New Zealand prosper. Elizabeth has worked for thirty years in the university, private and public sectors in New Zealand.

She is an independent consultant and her work has a focus on applied research, analysis, communications and business development. She is a Trustee of the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust.

She spends spare time with family, which includes two active teenagers, and is a keen participant in the offerings of the Nelson-Tasman region. Art, cycling, sailing and walking are passions.

Ian Kearney Trustee

Ian is an experienced company director with over 35 years’ experience in New Zealand and Australia. His recent directorships include Network Tasman Limited, Nelson Airport Limited, Housing Corporation of New Zealand, Hobsonville Land Company, and the Marlborough Cheese Co-operative, as well as a number of private companies. He is also a trustee of several community organisations supporting the arts, youth, education and business assistance.

Ian is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and was previously a senior executive with companies involved in property development, tourism, construction and business finance in Australia and New Zealand. Ian was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for his contribution to the community, business and corporate governance.

Ian loves nothing better than a day out fishing in his dinghy. He also has a collection of garages and a workshop in Richmond where he crafts split cane trout fishing rods and often donates them to charity auctions.

He believes that Cawthron provides the opportunity for scientists to develop new science and technology that addresses future science challenges.

Jeremy Glasgow Trustee

Jeremy was born and educated in Nelson. He holds a law degree from the University of Canterbury and has practiced law since 1980, specialising in domestic conveyancing and estates, family law and relationship property.

Jeremy is also a District Inspector of Mental Health for Nelson/Marlborough, a Trustee of the He Matapuna Ora Trust, and a member of the Care and Protection Resources Panel (Child Youth and Family Service).

"Cawthron has been an important part of Nelson all of my life. As a child in the 1950s I visited the labs in Fellworth and the museum at Harley House, so when I was approached to be a trustee for the Foundation I was keen to take part and make a contribution."

Family and history are central pillars for Jeremy, and the Glasgow family has strong historic links in Nelson with yachting, law and council. Jeremy is married and has three adult sons, and in his spare time he relaxes by gliding, sailing, reading and spending time at the family bach at Torrent Bay.

Kevin Armstrong Trustee

Kevin is graduate of Oxford University with an MA in Physics. However, for more than thirty-five years he has been following, working in, and writing about global financial markets, firstly with Merrill Lynch in London.

In 1996 he immigrated to Nelson, with his wife and three sons and until 2012 was Chief Investment Officer of ANZ and Chair of the ANZ Group’s Regional Investment Committee. Since leaving ANZ Kevin has continued to write a monthly global investment newsletter ‘Strategy Thoughts’ and has written three books, the most recent being ‘Investing: The Expectations Game’. In addition to writing Kevin is Director with the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency and is a very keen golfer, a passion he combined with investing in his first book ‘Bulls, Birdies, Bogeys and Bears’.

He believes that Cawthron has an important role to play in providing independent science information and that the Foundation provides the opportunity for scientists and particularly younger scientists, to help address future science challenges.

Kirsten Ralph Trustee

Kirsten is passionate about good governance and the benefits this brings to organisations and society as a whole. She has more than 15 years' experience with commercialising science in previous roles at the Department of Conservation, and with private companies including Schering-Plough and Coopers. She is currently General Manager Commercial at the Institute of Directors.

Kirsten became a trustee because she believes in the work of the Cawthron Institute, which solves problems to help us live sustainably within our natural environment. She says "these are the most important issues we face and working with the Foundation allows me to be part of making the world a better place now and far into the future. Cawthron, as an independent research institute, makes a huge contribution to New Zealand's scientific knowledge. This is critical to improving our economy."  

Kirsten is also a trustee on a school board and spends the rest of her time in her local community supporting an array of children's activities.

Richard Kempthorne Trustee

Richard grew up in Eves Valley just outside of Brightwater on a mixed farm and orchard. He gained a BSc from Otago University, and after travelling overseas with his wife Jane, they purchased their Appleby orchard where they spent 21 years with their four children.

Richard was elected as a Tasman District Councillor in 2001, and elected Mayor of Tasman in 2007. He's a Cawthron Institute Trust Board Trustee, a Chair of the Tasman Regional Sports Trust, a member of the Land and Water Forum and a National Council member of Local Government New Zealand.

Richard particularly values the work Cawthron provides to the management of water in New Zealand and in quantifying the data on the LAWA website. "Their ability to work collaboratively across all sectors has helped immensely with innovation in water management".

A people-person by nature, when not in meetings Richard is found helping people through his local church, singing in a local choir, or mountain biking with friends.

Suzanne Beuker Trustee

Suzanne came to Nelson ten years ago to take up a position as consultant urologist with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. She has a passion for the biological sciences and has a surgical teaching role with the Health Board. Suzanne recently took up a role as Ministry of Health.

She is a member of the Institute of Directors and is interested in financial information and processes as a business owner of Europol Ltd (a private surgical consulting company), and as trustee of St Joseph’s primary school.

Suzanne particularly values the work of Cawthron and sees a parallel with her own field as both embrace new technology and treatments and combine innovation and forward thinking. She was delighted at the opportunity to become a Cawthron Foundation trustee to support a new generation of New Zealand scientists and science-based solutions. She supports the view that good science will assist to protect the environment, and believes Cawthron has an important New Zealand-wide role to play in providing this independent science information.

Suzanne has a young family and, as well as spending time with them, her hobbies include running and gardening.