Dr Tom Richardson is the chief executive of AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest crown research institute. He has held executive roles in New Zealand and Australian science for the past 20 years. Prior to joining AgResearch, he was a scientist and then chief executive at the New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (Scion). He has had frequent assignments on advisory boards, external review panels and international science and trade delegations, including the NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation and the NZ-EU Joint Commission on Science and Technology Co-operation.
Dr Richardson has held numerous industry, science and education governance roles, which currently include Farmax Ltd; Grasslanz Technology, Ltd; OVERSEER Limited; Science New Zealand; SIDDC (South Island Dairying Development Centre); Riddet Institute; and council member of Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
His science background is in genetics and he holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Bucknell University and a doctorate in Botany from Pennsylvania State University.