Magazine article New Zealand Management

Taking Science to the Community

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Taking Science to the Community

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Dr Nicholas Edgar, the head of an independent trust that facilitates land management and biodiversity initiatives in rural communities, has won the inaugural Cawthron Science Leader Award.

Valued at almost $25,000, the award provides an all-expenses-paid place on the 18-month Hillary Leadership Programme, run by Excelerator: New Zealand Leadership Institute which is part of the Auckland Business School.

Edgar, who was appointed CEO of the New Zealand Landcare Trust last August, is excited at the prospect of being the first to take advantage of the unique scholarship.

"Having a career in science, it's easy to test your expertise, to know where you sit, because science is such a rigorous process of peer review you know how good your research is and whether you are at the cutting edge or not.

"Moving into management and leadership is a totally different arena with its own set of challenges," Edgar says.

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He was born and bred in the Waikato, worked in lake research and applied catchment management and restoration projects in New Zealand and Australia, before returning home to Hamilton and his current role. …

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