Our People

Our People

Mike Meehan
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Meehan joined NZIMMR in July 2020 in the position of Chief Executive Officer.  Mike says “NZIMMR has a strong team and is positioned well to undertake future-focussed minerals to materials research to add value to New Zealand and assist in the transition to a prosperous low carbon emission economy .”

Prior to joining NZIMMR, Mike was the Chief Executive of the West Coast Regional Council from 2016-2020. In this role, he held positions on the Local Government New Zealand Policy Advisory Group, Chaired the Civil Defence Co-ordinating Executive Group and was involved in many other nationally focussed workstreams. Mike is the current Chairman of the West Coast Rugby Union, holds commercial director appointments and has recently been appointed the independent chairman of the newly formed Kotahitanga ki te Uru Alliance.

Mike has a wide range of connections across iwi, government, industry and locally through his previous roles. One of the highlights of his career is the work he led to bring together the first Mana Whakahono ā Rohe (iwi participation agreement) in New Zealand. This agreement sets the foundations for how we work with iwi in partnership and ensures that it is a true partnership into the future.

Mike is driven to lead transformational change through NZIMMR’s work focussed on:

  • Ensuring Vision Mātauranga is a fundamental part of the culture of our organisation by building strong partnerships with Iwi and Rūnanga throughout Aotearoa.
  • Revitalising the West Coast and New Zealand economies by attracting investment and identifying innovative and environmentally sustainable ways to add value to mineral resources, creating new high value and sustainable jobs.
  • Emerging as industry’s number one ‘go-to’ provider of research in the minerals to materials field, building strong local, national and international relationships.
  • Being Internationally recognised for science excellence in minerals to materials research.

Prof Paul Hoskin
Chief Science and Research Officer

Paul Hoskin joined NZIMMR in mid-October 2020 in the position of Chief Science and Research Officer.  He was previously at GNS Science and based in Wellington.  He is a professor of mineralogy and petrology and has a professional background in research, technical consulting, R&D team management, and commercialization.  He has helped organizations in several countries win strategic funding for fundamental research and to support key stakeholder partnerships. 

He is passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and the role of science and technology working in partnership with policy development.  In 2017, Paul served on the Leadership Council of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network and worked to develop public-private partnerships in ASEAN to advance SDG implementation.

Dr Sudip Ray
Principal Scientist

Sudip joined NZIMMR in May 2021 in the position of Principal Scientist. He is a Materials Scientist, with extensive experience in both academic and commercial projects. He has been a lead researcher at The University of Auckland, New Zealand, for 15 years, Project Director for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funded multidisciplinary research program and Principal Investigator for research and consultancy projects for the industries, co-funded by Callaghan Innovation. He served as a working group member of the University's international strategy and sustainability initiatives and a grant reviewer for the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi.

 

Prior to this, he had worked at DuPont, Switzerland as well as on R&D projects at The University of New South Wales, Australia. He was the recipient of the International Central Networks and Partnerships Grant and undertook strategic collaboration with research-led organizations. His research focuses on a broad range of materials development following sustainability principles and application of nanotechnology. His research aims at circular economy, advanced carbon materials, rethinking plastics, surface chemistry and valorization of bioderived materials.

Dr Quang Anh Dang
Research and Development Engineer

Quang holds a bachelors degree in environmental engineering from Vietnam National University, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a PhD in chemical engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand

His research interests lay in process engineering, system design, control and optimization. He also has in-depth knowledge of analytical chemistry with experience in performing chemical analysis using specialized equipment and analytical techniques. At the NZIMMR, Quang is researching advanced applications from New Zealand mineral resources and bringing high-impact and novel solutions to fruition.

Thomas Trott
Research Metallurgist

Thomas joined the NZIMMR team in March 2020. He completed a degree in chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He started his engineering career at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter as a graduate process engineer in 2008. While at NZAS Thomas worked in the potlines supporting the production of the world’s highest- purity aluminium. In 2010 he was promoted to process control engineer on potline 4. In 2011, Line 4 was recognised as the best performing potline at Rio Tinto, achieving an aluminium recovery of more than 96%. In 2012 he relocated to a copper mine in Parkes, NSW, Australia, as a plant metallurgist. Over the following eight years he worked in a variety of roles including: project metallurgist, senior plant metallurgist, and production superintendent. In these roles, he contributed to a variety of projects which improved both the mine’s production and copper recovery.

Thomas has a wife and three young daughters. He is a passionate outdoors person who enjoys the wealth of activities available on the West Coast.