Scion welcomes new Chief Executive

7 March 2011

Today Dr Warren Parker began his new role as Chief Executive Officer of Crown Research Institute Scion.

Dr Parker was welcomed to Scion at a whakatau this morning at Scion’s Rotorua campus. Scion Chairman Tony Nowell said he was delighted to have Warren on site as new CEO and to introduce him to staff. “Science and innovation has been elevated by the Government as a highly important contributor to economic growth, and Scion plays a vital part in that contribution with forestry being the third largest export earner. I am looking forward to working with Warren as he leads Scion’s increasing contribution to a stronger forest-based economy,” said Mr Nowell.

Dr Parker said he was very excited about the opportunity to work with the Scion Board and staff, to learn a new industry, and to build new relationships. “Scion has impressed me with its notable achievements in science, research and technology over the years, and is well positioned to deliver on Government’s expectations. Scion’s purpose is to drive innovation and growth from New Zealand’s forestry, wood product and biomaterials sectors, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this very capable team in achieving the outcomes set out in our Statement of Core Purpose.”

Dr Parker has headed the Christchurch-based Crown Research Institute Landcare Research Ltd for the past 5 ½ years. He has a strong track record in scientific leadership and substantial experience in building productive science-industry relationships. Prior to being CEO of Landcare Research, Dr Parker’s roles included visiting research manager of IMBcom Pty Ltd at the University of Queensland and Chief Operating Officer of AgResearch Science. From 1980 to 1998 he pursued an academic career, including a Massey University Professorship covering farm management and agricultural systems, horticultural systems, agribusiness and natural resource management.

Dr Parker gained a BAgrSc (Hons I) in 1978 and a MAgrSc (Hons I) in 1984, both from Massey University, and a PhD in Animal Science in 1990. He has been the recipient of a number of academic awards and has served on science panels and advisory boards in both New Zealand and Australia and as a Director on a number of technology start-up firms.

Dr Parker, married with three adult children, has moved from Christchurch to Rotorua with his wife, and both are looking forward to participating in the wider community.