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UniServices Board Members

Professor Stuart McCutcheon
Chairman, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Auckland

Vice Chancellor since 1 January 2005. He has served in an advisory capacity to Government agencies and producer boards. He has been a Director or Board Member of: the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute; the Wellington Regional Economic Development Trust; the Wellington College of Education; the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research; Universitas 21 and U21 Global; the University of Auckland Foundation; and the UK and US Friends of The University of Auckland. In 2004-5 he held the position of Chair of the NZ Vice-Chancellors’ Committee.


Professor Jim Metson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Jim Metson  is the newly appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). For the past two years he has been Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  With experience in academic research, working with industry and also with government his experience includes; Deputy Dean of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science, Associate Director of Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC), a Councillor for the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Chair of the Australian Synchrotron Science Advisory Committee, the former Head of the School of Chemical Sciences, chair of the Research Infrastructure Advisory Group (RIAG) for MBIEs predecessor MoRST and a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute.


Professor John Fraser
Dean of Medical and Health Sciences , the University of Auckland

Dean of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and deputy director of the University’s Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery . Professor Fraser’s groundbreaking research in molecular aspects of the immune response resulted in the now widely accepted model of how superantigens work. Professor Fraser has earned an enviable reputation as a world class scientist, researcher and teacher, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Dr John Villiger
Chairman of Proacta and board member of Pharmaxis.

PhD Pharmacology Otago. John Villiger has spent the 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry working predominantly in drug development. Between 1987-1996 he was employed by Hoffman La Roche in New Zealand and Switzerland in a global drug development. John was the co-founder of the Medicines Company in the USA and between 1996-2006 played a major role in it becoming a Nasdaq listed specialist pharmaceutical company. He is currently Chairman of Proacta and on the board of Pharmaxis.

Mr Tony McNaught
Ex National Managing Partner, Corporate Finance, KPMG New Zealand

BCom (Otago).Tony McNaught is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He has over 25 years' experience in local and international mergers and acquisitions and led the national corporate finance division for KPMG until 2014. He delivers advice to medium to large, privately-owned companies on matters such as acquisitions, divestments, management buyouts, capital raisings, valuations, executive share schemes as well as a broad range of other commercial issues.  He has worked with high growth companies including EROAD, Navman, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Virgin.


Professor Nic Smith

Prior to joining the Faculty of Engineering in August 2013, Nic Smith was Head of Biomedical Engineering at Kings College London and visiting Professor of Computational Physiology at the University Computing Laboratory, University of Oxford. Professor Smith led the computational modelling group at KCL which is currently a central contributor to the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Project. He is the lead-author on several patent applications filed with the United States and European Patent Offices, which outline intellectual property covering the development of anatomically based physiological models and specific applications.

John Hagen
Ex Chairman Deloitte

MBA, MCom (Hons). John Hagen holds a number of fellowships: he is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants; Fellow and accredited director of the Institute of Directors; and Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand. John is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland and a life member of the NZICA. He also hold the positions of Chairman of the New Zealand Debt Management Office Advisory Board and Chairman of The University of Auckland Business Advisory Board. He is Board member of Datacom Group, Hughes & Cossar,and the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Adrienne Cleland
Director of Administration, the University of Auckland

Adrienne Cleland is the Director of Administration, responsible for Finance, ITS, Property Services, risk management, University Communications, Student Information & Marketing, the Schools Partnership Office, Academic Services, Campus Life and Legal Services. She is involved in capital financial planning, financial management of the University and the budget process.


Professor John Hosking
Dean of Science, the University of Auckland

John assumed the role of Dean of Science in 2014. Immediately prior he was Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and before that Professor of Applied Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. The latter included a six year term as Head of Department between 1999 and 2005.  John's research career has been in Software Engineering, with close to 250 publications in his area of expertise and a long history of University-industry research engagement, including as Director of one of UniServices' embedded Centres, the Centre for Software Innovation. John has been awarded both a Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand, in recognition of his research activities, and a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence award, reflecting his passion for teaching.