Auckland Museum Institute Council
Some Members want to become more involved in the Museum and volunteer to serve on the Institute Council.
Institute Councillors are elected by Members and serve a two year term for a maximum of three terms, with new appointments announced each November at the AGM.
The Council has a number of important responsibilities:
Providing a link to the Royal Society of New Zealand, as a result of the Institute's role as the society's Auckland Branch or Regional Constituent Organisation (RCO)
A statutory role to appoint four of the ten Members of the Auckland Museum Trust Board
AMI Direction Report 2015-2017
Institute Council Members
John McIntyre - President
John McIntyre spent eight years on the Trust Board of Auckland Museum and, as an Institute appointee attended all Institute Council meetings during this time. John has had a privileged association with Auckland Museum, as a guide, in a governance role and as an inbound tourism operator. John has been in the travel industry for more than 40 years and it just so happens that travel, hiking, history, museums and antiquities are his great passions.
Eric Keys - Vice President
Eric Keys was educated at Auckland University and graduated with a B.A. and A.C.I.S. and is also a Justice of the Peace. Eric's background is in management and accounting in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations, having worked for Shell Oil NZ Ltd, CSR Ltd and the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, where he was CEO for 23 years. In that time Eric was also Secretary of the World Real Estate Federation, Asia Pacific Region. He is a member of Rotary, Northern Regional Chairman and National Board member of J. R. McKenzie Trust and a board member of several charitable trusts in Auckland.
Dr Roger Lins
Dr Roger Lins is the immediate past President of Auckland Museum Institute. Roger has a background in scientific research and a strong interest in science communication and outreach. In 2006 he established and chaired a successful science café in Palmerston North, with support from the Manatawu branch of the RSNZ, Te Manawa, and Massey University. Roger has worked at the University of Auckland since 2007, where he is currently an Associate Dean at the Faculty of Science. He is the popular facilitator of the Institute's Cafe Scientitique series.
Helen Bull is currently a volunteer guide at Auckland Museum and very enthusiastic about the role of museums in providing a stimulating public space. Her background is in finance with a BCom from Canterbury, and is a member of the Chartered Accountants, Australia – New Zealand. Helen was a co-opted member of the Auckland Museum Institute Council for twelve months before being nominated on to Council in 2014.
Dr Jessica Costa
Jessica Costa is a research fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland. Her basic science research has focused on the impact of adipose-related hormones on lipid and sugar metabolism as well as bone development. She is also interested in the effects of dietary content on bone cell function. Jessie has a keen interest in improving communication of scientific subjects to the public, and strengthening links between the scientific and non-scientific communities.
John Denton has been a Chartered Accountant for over 50 years, first in the UK, then Australia and for the past 40 years in NZ. His career started in Accounting and Auditing, moved into IT in the 1980s then Strategic Management including Mediation, latterly in the Not-For-Profit world. John chaired Government Committees examining health matters and advised many organisations on improving performance by engagement of the full potential of their human resources. John was co-opted on to Council in 2013 to take on the financial responsibility of the Institute and was formally nominated to Council in 2014.
John has been a Senior Lecturer in Financial Accounting, Finance, and Management Accounting for 25 years. He recently co-authored a text book on Financial Accounting for Lexis Nexus. His past roles include Corporate Manager Main Corporation; Company Secretary/Financial Controller Smart Group; Company Secretary Baker Industries, Senior Auditor PWC; Financial Accountant Commodity Futures Auckland. John has been the Honorary Auditor of Auckland Museum Institute for the past six years. He is a member of the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys Committee 2010-2015 and a Auckland Branch Committee Member of ICANZ for five years. His interests include travelling, art, museums, skiing, history, gardening, music and family.
Rae Nield (Advisor)
Rae Nield has Masters degrees in Science and Jurisprudence as well as a postgraduate diploma in librarianship. After a business career ranging from information services to sales, marketing and general management roles, she studied law and has since worked as a commercial lawyer. Rae has her own practice specialising in the law applying to the distribution and marketing of goods and services. She works with traders throughout the supply chain. Since 1985, Rae has carried out a substantial amount of law reform work, including making submissions to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance and the Auckland Governance Select Committee on behalf of the Auckland Museum Institute and submissions to Auckland Council supporting the Museum.
Scott is a postgraduate coordinator at AUT, where he looks after higher research degrees, and is always looking for ways to improve the student experience while maintaining academic rigour. He has held similar roles previously at the University of Auckland, including some public programming roles for public lectures, and as an event manager for the Incredible Science fair. He has qualifications in history, anthropology (biological and archaeology), museums and cultural heritage studies, and library and information studies. Scott is presently working towards qualifications in religious history and social sciences, and has also completed a summer studentship in surface materials science under the supervision of Assoc Prof Bryony James, whose microscopic photography was later featured in an exhibition at Auckland Museum. His interests include ballet, ballroom dance, languages, fibre crafts, and campanology.
Cris Print is a medical scientist who completed an MBChB at Auckland Medical School. He then undertook asthma research in Dunedin and a PhD in Auckland. After a mini-postdoctoral period in Auckland he spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, and six years at Cambridge University in England in the Department of Pathology, and as a Fellow of St Edmund's College. He returned to work in New Zealand in September 2005, and has PhD students and involvement in projects in the UK. Cris is a Life Member of Auckland Museum Institute.