Bragato Research Institute (BRI) is delighted to announce that Prof. Charles Eason will join its Board of Directors in an advisory capacity. Prof. Eason is currently Chief Executive Office of the Cawthron Institute based in Nelson, a role he will retire from later this month.
“I look forward to taking up this role with BRI,” says Prof. Eason. “I am passionate about supporting the growth of Research and Development, and progressing that through to practical industry solutions for the wine industry.”
BRI Board chair Mark Gilbert welcomes Prof. Eason to BRI. “Prof. Eason brings an outstanding record of leadership of science-based organisations and we look forward to his input to progress the practical research aspirations of the Institute.”
“The government’s Regional Research Institute policy was based on the success of Cawthron. BRI was established as a result of that policy so it is appropriate that Prof. Eason continues that legacy here.”
The RRI policy is to support and further enhance regional advantage in New Zealand by stimulating leading edge, industrially exploitable and commercially focused research.
Prof. Eason has been at Cawthron since 2003 initially as a Board Director, and then CEO from 2012-2020. His science background includes senior research and management positions overseas and in New Zealand, including with multinational companies, a Crown research institute, a university and a manufacturing business.
As a Lincoln University professor, he is the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation, and associated with research aimed at better protecting endangered native species.
In 2019 Prof. Eason was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for his services to science and wildlife conservation. He is also a Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and was awarded their Thomson Medal in 2017 for outstanding leadership in his research career and for his achievements as head of the Cawthron Institute. At the time, the medal selection committee said Prof.Eason’s ability to link scientific innovation with commercial experience had a global impact in the areas of chemical toxicity, pest control, food safety, aquaculture, drug development, and environmental protection. As a leader at Cawthron, they noted his skill in developing and consolidating staff capabilities, infrastructure, and financial viability.
Prof. Eason holds a PhD (Pharmacology and Toxicology)from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, 1981.
Bragato Research Institute drives world-leading innovation for the New Zealand wine industry—from blue sky research through to the practical application of science in vineyards, wineries and the supply chain. Launched in 2017  through programme funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, BRI is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand Winegrowers, the national industry body for growers and wineries.
For more information please contact: Trish Grammer, Communications, BRI, 021 984324