Justine Gilliland was appointed to the ESR Board in February 2022. Justine is an independent director and strategy consultant. She is currently on the boards of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research; the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust; and health provider Tui Ora; and ESR. Justine is the former Chief Executive of Venture Taranaki. Prior to Venture Taranaki, Justine was Deputy Director-General Sector Partnerships and Programmes at the Ministry for Primary Industries, where she led multi-million-dollar investment and research and development programmes, Māori partnerships, regional development, and previously ran the Ministry’s research and development and other external grants and funds.
She is also Chair of the Taranaki Toy Library Trust, and a tourism innovation advisory group member. Her consulting work is currently mainly focused on developing offshore wind energy for Aotearoa New Zealand. Justine holds law and arts degrees and has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.