Tuesday, 25 July 2023 11:55

Former Speaker to chair Riddet Institute

Written by  Staff Reporters
Sir Lockwood Smith. Sir Lockwood Smith.

Former Parliament Speaker and diplomat Sir Lockwood Smith is the new chair of the Riddet Institute.

The institute is a CoRE or Centre for Research Excellence, headquartered on the Massey University campus in Palmerston North. It is the country's premier national centre for fundamental and strategic scientific research in food science and novel food processing. It employs leading scientists from research institutes within NZ and overseas.

Smith replaces Stuart McCutcheon, who passed away suddenly at the beginning of 2023.

Smith says the new board role reflects his interest in science and his enthusiasm for the work of the Riddet Institute in food science. He says science is particularly important as our food industry is grounded in evidence-based nutritional research.

"What worries me today is that science is now being downplayed more and more. People desperately need high standards in food research, to ensure the science of food advances in the best way possible for the best outcomes for future populations. This is where the Riddet Institute work is so valuable," he says.

He says the Riddet Institute has an international reputation and a high profile that is well deserved, and he is looking forward to supporting its work through his role as board chair.

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