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Dr Garth Carnaby


Garth Carnaby spent the first twenty years of his career researching the application of mathematics and physics to the industrial utilization of the New Zealand wool clip. He has been awarded various international medals for his personal research contributions, both then and since (University Medal UNSW Australia, Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s Medal UK, Warner Medal UK, Textile Institute Medal UK, Fibre Society Distinguished Achievement Award USA, and Helen Newton Turner Medal Australia). In 1992 Dr Carnaby became Managing Director of WRONZ (Inc.), and led the organisation through twelve years of continuous profitable growth. This was achieved despite major political and financial challenges and changes to wool industry structures. Throughout his career, Dr Carnaby’s interests have covered a very wide span from the most basic science to the application of science in industry. Today he runs his own company providing research, governance, consultancy, and strategic advice services, in the science, agriculture, manufacturing, food, and wool fields. He is a past-President of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2009-12) and chaired the Marsden Fund Council from 2004-2009. His current external appointments include; Chair of the NZ Synchrotron Co Ltd, Chair of the Dodd-Walls Centre of Research Excellence, and Chair of The Bio-Resource Processing Alliance. He was World President of the Manchester based Textile Institute in 2000-2002 and chaired the Canterbury Development Corporation Ltd (2007-16), the Canterbury Regional Innovation System Ltd, and NZ Food Innovation South Island Ltd. He was a Director of ESR for two terms and a Director of Recover Canterbury and CORE Education Ltd. He was a Director of The Australian Synchrotron Company (2007-11). He has been a Trustee of The Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Rutherford Foundation. He was Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence at Lincoln University from 2006 to 2013. He holds Doctorates from four separate Commonwealth universities (Leeds, NSW, De Montfort, and Lincoln) and has spent many years involved in inventing and commercialising industrial technologies in partnership with companies. He was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit, (MNZM) in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the wool industry, and a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, (CNZM) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to science and governance.