Find out more about the people behind Cawthron Institute.

Charles Eason

Chief Executive


  • PhD (Toxicology). University of Surrey, United Kingdom, 1981
  • M.I. Biol. (Pharmacology and Applied Biology). NESCOT, United Kingdom 1977

Role at Cawthron

Charles joined Cawthron in June 2012, providing strong science-based leadership. His experience in progressing core research through to practical industry solutions is well-suited to Cawthron's philosophy.

Charles' science background includes senior research and management positions overseas in multinational pharmaceutical companies, and experience in New Zealand with a Crown research institute, a university and a manufacturing business.

He has led a range of research groups in drug design, catchment management, conservation and product development. He has also played a major role overseas developing drugs for cardiovascular disease.

Whilst Research Director for Connovation Ltd he produced new pest control tools targeting introduced predators. As a Lincoln University professor he is retained as the Director of the Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation and associated research aimed at better protecting endangered native species.

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