Alby Marsh (Ngâti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngâ Puhi, Ngâti Hine and Te Rarawa) has over 20 years’ experience in the science sector, more recently in the role of Stakeholder Relationship Manager – Māori at Plant and Food Research. Alby’s current role is a Porangahau – Māori specialising in Kaupapa Māori driven research. He has led projects for MPI and the Bioheritage National Science Challenge looking at the impact of Myrtle Rust to Māori and other indigenous communities across the Pacific.
Other recent projects have included the development of the Indigenous Engagement models in collaboration with researchers from Charles Darwin University, in Australia. This project was part of the Plant Biosecurity CRC receiving the collaboration award in the final year of the CRC. Alby is keen to continue his work in biosecurity and working with mana whenua groups from around the country. He understands that many of these groups are new to biosecurity however he feels that, as their drivers are to preserve taonga, they are kaitiaki for this generation and those that follow.
Alby’s recent board positions have been on the Public Service Association, Real World Education Ltd as well as many other not-for-profits. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.