Peter Benfell
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Peter Benfell

GNS Science / Te Pū Ao

General manager, science

  • Appointed October 2018.
  • Leads and manages staff in the science group and is also responsible for the strategic direction of the science programmes.
  • Previously at GNS from 1998 until 2001 as GM, environment and natural resources group.
  • More than 30 years’ experience in research, science and technology.
  • Held senior management roles at FORST, AgResearch and Opus International, and was chief executive at Connexis.


Agresearch / Āta Mātai, Mātai Whetū
General Manager, Agriculture & Environment
Aug 2004 - Jul 2011
Opus International Consultants
Director Innovation & Opus Research, Opus Research Leader
Sep 2011 - Aug 2017
Connexis - The Infrastructure ITO
Chief Executive
Sep 2017 - Sep 2018
GNS Science / Te Pū Ao
General Manager Science
Sep 2018 - Present

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