Jonathan joined MBIE’s Science Investments branch (now called Science System Investment and Performance) in mid-2014. He is the key MBIE contact for the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, and is responsible for MBIE’s Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) Programmes investment (formerly CRI core funding) for Plant and Food Research. Jonathan is also involved with three other National Science Challenges and ESR’s SSIF Programmes investment. Prior to joining MBIE, Jonathan worked in research funding and management in the Tertiary Education Commission and the University of Auckland, and in public sector policy, operational and corporate planning positions. Jonathan has a Master of Arts in Linguistics through the University of Auckland.