James MacGillivray

James MacGillivray is a Partner in the dispute resolution department of Hamilton law firm, Tompkins Wake. He specialises in the resolution of commercial disputes. Prior to joining Tompkins Wake, James was a Senior Associate in the London office of leading international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, before which he practiced at Bell Gully in Auckland. James has assisted as a part-time lecturer at the Waikato Law School.

Professor Alister Jones

Alister Jones is a Research Professor and the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Waikato. His core responsibility is to provide leadership to the University around the development of academic, research, regional and international initiatives. He is also responsible for the University‘s engagement in the Bay of Plenty region.

Professor Jones is currently a Director for a number of companies, and has served on a number of national and international advisory groups and boards. 


Professor Bruce Clarkson

Professor Bruce Clarkson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Waikato. He is an internationally-recognised authority on ecological restoration, currently leads a major research programme on urban biodiversity restoration, and was awarded New Zealand's premier conservation award, the Loder Cup, in 2006. Professor Clarkson previously worked for the Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research.

Tina Jennen

Tina is currently Business Development manager for Eurofins New Zealand, an independent Director of Bluelab Corporation (a high-growth innovative hydroponics export company), an advisory Board member of Radford Software Ltd (a primary sector software development company) and an Establishment Board member of the new Bay of Plenty Regional Research Institute, PlantTech. 

She has an MBA from the University of Waikato and a BA in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Rob Heebink

Rob is Research and Development Executive with the Gallagher Group.  Rob stepped into the R&D Executive role at Gallagher in 2008 after holding a variety of senior R&D management positions in New Zealand-based global technology companies.

Rob is an experienced Executive with extensive international experience in operations and R&D management. With his unique combination of Engineering and International Business Strategy qualifications and experience, Rob specialises in aligning Research and Development activities with business strategy and developing Research and Development as a strategic capability for sustainable growth and competitive advantage in International Business.