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Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor's Office

Professor Richard Barker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences

Richard Barker

Richard Barker graduated from Massey University with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. After working as a Fish and Game Officer from 1985 to 1989, Richard spent three years at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Patuxent Wildlife Centre working on statistical problems in wildlife research and management. Richard then trained in statistics, again at Massey University. His 1995 PhD thesis was on capture-recapture modelling.

After working for two and a half years at Landcare Research, Richard joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago in 1998. Richard was appointed as Professor of Statistics in 2007, and was Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 2008 to 2016.

Richard was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Sciences in 2017 and is proud to head the Division at New Zealand's most science intensive university. The team he leads are dedicated to ensure outstanding support for the Division as it aspires to lead the University in its drive for internationally recognised excellence in all of its activities with a strong emphasis on research and research-led teaching.

Contact

Professor Richard Barker
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sciences
Tel: 64 3 479 7756
Email: richard.barker@otago.ac.nz

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Kim Dobier, Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Kim Dobier

Kim provides executive assistance and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor including correspondence, research and analysis, compliance with University and Divisional policies, Human Resources administrative processes and general office administration.

Contact

Kim Dobier
Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Tel: 64 3 479 7978
Email: kim.dobier@otago.ac.nz

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Associate Professor Mark Lokman, Associate Dean (International)

Mark Lokman

Contact

Associate Professor Mark Lokman
Associate Dean (International)
Tel: 64 3 479 5846
Email: mark.lokman@otago.ac.nz

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Lornae Straith, Business Manager

Lornae Straith

As Business Manager, Lornae’s role includes overall operational management responsibility for the Division of Sciences. Lornae works with others in the Division to develop and implement the Science Division’s strategies and policies.

Contact

Lornae Straith
Business Manager
Tel: 64 3 479 5027
Email: lornae.straith@otago.ac.nz

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Andrea Lunam, Finance Manager

Andrea Lunam

Andrea provides financial support and guidance to administrative and academic staff in departments and staff in the Science Divisional Office.

Andrea provides information and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Business Manager on any issues which may have financial implications. Andrea undertakes the monthly financial reporting and has a hands on role in the preparation of the annual budget and budget review for the Division. Andrea hosts the bi-monthly finance meetings for Divisional finance staff and provides advice regarding compliance.

Contact

Andrea Lunam
Finance Manager
Tel: 64 3 479 9423
Email: andrea.lunam@otago.ac.nz

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Jenny Leyden, Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Jenny Leyden

Jenny is the first point of contact within the Division of Sciences Administration. She can assist with student enquires in the first instance, and with any Conference Leave enquiries.

Jenny assists in organising Inaugural Professorial Lectures (IPLs), and in most cases, Public Lectures. Jenny also helps run the Senior Sciences Quiz for Year 11, 12 and 13 students as well as the Brain Bee Quiz for Year 11 students.

Contact

Jenny Leyden
Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
Tel: 64 3 479 7534
Email: jenny.leyden@otago.ac.nz

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Jane Stumbles, Divisional HR Manager

Jane Stumbles

As Divisional HR Manager Jane provides a range of HR advice and support to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sciences, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and other Directors and Managers relating to all aspects of managing people. This includes performance management, career development, conflict and dispute resolution, management of change and getting the most out of teams.

Jane also provides advise on how strategic initiatives may impact on roles and individuals, with an emphasis on ensuring our people resource will meet projected needs.

Contact

Jane Stumbles
Human Resources Manager
Tel: 64 3 479 8150
Email: jane.stumbles@otago.ac.nz

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