Administration and management


Administered and managed by ESR, the CIBR is a formal partnership between ESR (external link) , Scion (external link) Landcare Research (external link)  and Cawthron Institute (external link) . CIBR also has collaborations with Lowe Environmental Impact (external link) , Lincoln University (external link) , Northcott Research Consultants, and Kukupa Research. Other scientists and organisations also contribute their expertise to our research.

Our vision

A New Zealand where all biowaste is reused safely and sustainably.

Our mission

To facilitate more sustainable options for reusing biowaste by building greater understanding of the environmental risks and benefits of applying biowastes (particularly biosolids) to land.

Programme Manager: Dr Jacqui Horswell

As well as leading the CIBR, Jacqui is an environmental microbiologist and science leader at ESR. She has a wealth of experience of the New Zealand waste and land management sectors, having worked with them on her research for over 15 years. She is one of New Zealand’s leading experts on microbial contaminants (e.g. pathogens) in human waste. Jacqui manages the programme and guides the integration of the social, cultural and biophysical science programme components. / +64 4 914 0684


Business Leader: Robert Lei

Robert is a Business Development Manager with considerable environmental technology experience in NZ and the UK. His background covers a wide range of positions and responsibilities from operational engineering to process design and project management. He has played a lead role in recent technology developments such as TERAX™ and is focussed on driving clean technology opportunities that have the potential to make significant contributions to New Zealand’s prosperity. / +64 7 343 5881

The CIBR Advisory Group

The Advisory Group meets quarterly and provides input into the long-term direction of the programme. This group ensures that the CIBR’s outputs are aligned to end-user needs, and provides guidance and direction on uptake and implementation of research outputs.

Currently, the Advisory Group consists of:

  • Mike Ennis (Friends of the Earth)
  • Hamish Lowe (Lowe Environmental Impact)
  • Brent Hawthorn (NZ Land Treatment Collective)
  • Nigel Clarke (MfE)
  • Kirsten Forsyth (MfE)
  • Chrissie Williams (Environment Canterbury)
  • Matthew Taylor (Waikato Regional Council)
  • Dr Jill McKenzie (Hutt Valley DHB)
  • Professor David Horne (Institute of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University)
  • Paul Darvodelsky (ANZBP Chair)

The CIBR Governance Group

The CIBR is guided by a Governance Group with senior managers from each research partner. This group meets twice yearly to provide strategic oversight and guidance to the programme.