Andrew Cleland will be Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 8 September 2014. He is currently Chief Executive of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). In that role he oversees the registration of Chartered Professional Engineers and has responsibility for the public policy programme in which IPENZ acts for the public good. Particular concerns are the policy framework for ensuring research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to improving national prosperity whilst improving the sustainability of our activities as a nation. IPENZ is seen as a leading independent commentator promoting progress in these areas. Prior to joining IPENZ Andrew had a 23 year career as an academic staff member at Massey University in which he was heavily involved in commercialisation of research and led research programmes in food engineering with particular emphasis on refrigeration of food. A primary focus of that research had been on development of mathematical models that predicted important physical and quality-related parameters (e.g. time/temperature profiles, moisture loss, energy consumption) during exposure of foods to varying environmental conditions during preservation, storage and transport operations. This research was recognised through the award of two international research awards.