Shannon is an Observer as part of our Iramoe program at Matū. Shannon is involved with several organisations across the innovation ecosystem, including as business development manager for the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies and running a small consultancy company.

Shannon has a BSc(Genetics) and a Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Auckland and comes from a tech transfer background, in which she negotiated contracts between universities and industry, and then moved on to proposal and policy management to hone her skill in creating successful proposals.

Shannon has an interest in strategy and governance and is a happily vocal advocate for the value of diversity of thought and representation in leadership and strategy planning.

Outside of work and observing, Shannon is a board member of the Monte Cecilia Housing trust, which provides emergency supported housing to families who are homeless or with a serious housing need. She lives in Auckland with her husband and four tamariki aged 1-15.