Richard became Chief Executive in 2011 after five years as Science General Manager for Environment and Society. Prior to that, he held a dual role as Science Manager for Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sinks, and Sustainable Business and Government. He led the latter team from vision and concept in 1999, developing a suite of new products (Enviro-Mark® NZ, E-Manage, EBEX21® and CarboNZeroCertTM) and creating the Building Capacity for Sustainable Development and Waka Tohu (Māori Business Branding) science programmes. Richard led the production of the 2000 Landcare Research Sustainable Development Report, which kick-started our work on sustainable business practice. He was an elected member of the first Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He had four years on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Council and contributed to the development of the Lincoln Hub. He has been a trustee of Predator-Free NZ and a member of the advisory board of the Cape to City programme in the Hawkes Bay.
Richard is currently a Board member of Toitū Envirocare and Science New Zealand.
Richard is passionate about good science making a positive difference for society and the environment. He aims to engage research users and customers as partners and build lasting relationships. He sees the National Science Challenges and SSIF Platforms as catalysts for enhancing such relationships, especially those including science, government and business. His previous roles included R&D management positions at Zeneca Agrochemicals UK and ICI Japan.
BA Natural Sciences
Gordon R 2013. Sustainable business practice. Discovery 38: 2. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/discovery/discovery-issue-38
Gordon R 2012. Tena Koutou Tena Koutou. Discovery 12(36): 2-3. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/discovery/DiscoveryIssue36.pdf
Gordon R 2012. Land use and water quality. Discovery 37: 2. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/50375/discovery_37.pdf
Gordon R 2011. CEO's update. Discovery 11(35): 2-3. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/discovery/DiscoveryIssue35.pdf
Gordon R 2011. Moving ahead. Discovery 11(34): 2-3. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/discovery/DiscoveryIssue34.pdf
Frame B, Collins A, Gordon R 2011. New Zealand, new futures, new ways of science engaging with society? New Zealand science review 68(1): 24-27.
Gordon R ed. 2010. MfE update 1. Lincoln, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/mfe/issue1.asp
Gordon R 2010. Sustainable development : responding to the research challenge in New Zealand. In: Frame B, Gordon R, Mortimer C ed. Hatched : the capacity for sustainable development. Lincoln, Lancare Research. Pp. 287-296. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/services/sustainablesoc/hatched/documents/hatched_ebook_entire_web.pdf
Grindell J, Gordon R 2010. Our journey from unsustainability : Landcare Research corporate reporting. In: Frame B, Gordon R, Mortimer C ed. Hatched : the capacity for sustainable development. Lincoln, Lancare Research. Pp. 77-86. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/services/sustainablesoc/hatched/documents/hatched_ebook_entire_web.pdf
Frame B, Gordon R, Mortimer C ed. 2010. Hatched : the capacity for sustainable development. Lincoln, Landcare Research. 302 p. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/services/sustainablesoc/hatched/
Parker W, Gordon R, Lee M 2007. [Presentation] Science for sustainable business. Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, 13 August 2007. Pp. -.
Frame B, Gordon R, Turney I 2005. The emissions / biodiversity exchange : a corporate sustainable development programme in New Zealand. In: Begg K, van der Woerd F, Levy D ed. The business of climate change : corporate responses to Kyoto. Sheffield, Greenleaf Publishing. Pp. 231-241.
Gordon R 2005. Understanding Kyoto. Discovery 13: 1-.
Gordon R, Mikaere B 2005. Waka sets sail for brighter business future. Discovery 12: 2-3.
Gordon R, Smith A 2005. Sustainability reporting and the global reporting initiative. Working on the frontier : environmental sustainability in practice : Christchurch Conference 29 March - 1 April 2005, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand : proceedings. Christchurch, [The Conference. Pp. [unpaged]-.
Frame B, Gordon R, Whitehouse I 2004. A framework for corporate responsibility in New Zealand. The corporate citizen 4: 4-10.
Frame B, Gordon R, Whitehouse I 2003. Corporate responsibility in New Zealand. In: Shah RA, Murphy DF, McIntosh M ed. Something to believe in : creating trust and hope in organisations : stories of transparency, accountability and governance. 18. Sheffield, Greenleaf Publishing. Pp. 190-205.
Frame B, McGuinness W, Gordon R 2003. Reinforcing a clean green brand : an overview of sustainable development reporting in New Zealand. Accountability quarterly 21: 23-28.
Gordon R 2002. Landcare Research serves up "triple treat" for business. Discovery 1: 5-.
Gordon R 2002. Johannesburg and beyond. Discovery 3: 1-.
Gordon R, Hart P, Burns B 2000. [Abstract] Ecol Soc 2001 : an environmentally sustainable conference? New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2000 : Hamilton, New Zealand : November 19th-23rd, Venue : University of Waikato. [Hamilton], [The Conference]. Pp. 38-.
Gordon R, Hart P, Hall G, Burrows L, Tan J 2000. [Abstract] Sink and all : restoration as a route to greenhouse gas mitigation for organisations wanting to do better than buy permits or pay taxes. SER 2000 : Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Liverpool, 4-7 September 2000 : Reflections on the past, directions for the future : abstracts. [Liverpool], [The Conference]. Pp. [unpaged]-.
Meurk CD, Hall G, Kilvington M, Gordon R 2000. [Abstract] Restoration in New Zealand : battling the biogeography and confronting the comfort zone. SER 2000 : Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Liverpool, 4-7 September 2000 : Reflections on the past, directions for the future : abstracts. [Liverpool], [The Conference]. Pp. [unpaged]-.
Peters M, Gordon R 2000. [Abstract] Lessons from the formation of the community-based New Zealand Ecological Restoration Network (NZERN). SER 2000 : Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Liverpool, 4-7 September 2000 : Reflections on the past, directions for the future : abstracts. [Liverpool], [The Conference]. Pp. [unpaged]-.
Watts R, Couling K, Barker R, Heremaia C, Rance C, Meurk C, Gordon R 2000. [Abstract] Waterway restoration : an integrated approach to urban asset management in Christchurch, New Zealand. SER 2000 : Society for Ecological Restoration International Conference, Liverpool, 4-7 September 2000 : Reflections on the past, directions for the future : abstracts. [Liverpool], [The Conference]. Pp. [unpaged]-.
Gordon R 1999. [Abstract] Eco-efficiency : the only way forward. Manaaki Whenua Conference handbook, 21-23 April 1999, Te Papa, Wellington : Cherishing the land. [Lincoln], [Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research]. Pp. 28-.
Gordon R 1998. "Restoring the health and wealth of ecosystems" : overview. Restoring the Health & Wealth of Ecosystems : paper, poster & exhibit abstracts and field trip notes, 28-30 September 1998. [Lincoln, Canterbury], [The Conference]. Pp. -.
- Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Business Council
- Board Member, Enviro-Mark Solutions Ltd (formerly carboNZero Holdings Ltd)
- Trustee, Predator Free NZ