Garth Carnaby spent the first twenty years of his career researching the application of mathematics and physics to the industrial utilization of the New Zealand wool clip. Other interests relate to the mechanical processing of wool and to textile technology generally. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of this research in 1992, at a period when his own interests were diversifying into a much wider range of leadership, business and commercial activities.
In 1992 Dr Carnaby became Managing Director of WRONZ (Inc.), now Canesis Network Limited, and led the organisation through twelve years of continuous profitable growth. This was achieved despite major political and financial challenges and changes to wool industry structures.
Throughout his career Dr Carnaby’s interests have covered a very wide span from the most basic science to the application of science in industry. His strong support for the vital role of basic research has been evidenced by his two spells on the Marsden Fund Council, first as Chair of the Physical Sciences Panel and currently as Deputy Chair.
His involvement in seeking commercial applications for science in the wool and textile industries resulted in 2000 in his being the only New Zealander to have been recognised by election to the role of World President of the Textile Institute based in Manchester.
Garth Carnaby, recently retired as Chief Executive Officer, Canesis Network Limited to start his own private business, G A Carnaby & Associates Limited, where he will focus on governance, consultancy and research roles which interest him intellectually.