Scion - Chair

Date:  4 Feb 2024

Wellington, NZ, 6011

About Scion

The New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd (trading as Scion) is a Crown Research Institute (CRI). Its purpose is to drive innovation and growth from New Zealand’s forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors, to create economic value and contribute to beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. Further information on Scion can be found at its website.

Person specifications

Specific skills required

At this time, the Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology is seeking candidates who can provide the following specific skills and experience:

  • Proven governance experience, including previous experience in Chair roles.
  • A genuine interest in Scion’s purpose and the contextual environment in which Scion operates.
  • Strategic leadership capabilities.
  • Ideally an understanding of public accountability.
Additional skills, experience and attributes
  • Business and commercial acumen, including industry connections.
  • Commercialisation and innovation experience.
  • Financial acumen, including audit and risk management expertise.
  • Stakeholder management experience.
  • An understanding of the science and research system.
  • Media and public relations experience.
  • Expertise in change management and human resources.


Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

How to apply

For more information about this role, please see the position description: Scion – Chair
Applications close at 11.59pm on 4 March 2024.
For further enquiries about the position, email: