Received QSO for his services to the state

INVESTITURE: Dr Paul Reynolds receives his QSO for services to the state from Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy. Picture supplied

Paul Reynolds says his advice for young people is, “be authentic . . . just be yourself, be truthful and treat people appropriately.

“Don’t duck the hard things but meet them face on”.

It worked for him. Last week the Eastland Community Trust (ECT) chairman was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the state.

Leadership has been a defining feature of Dr Reynolds’ numerous public service roles.

The molecular scientist-turned ministry chief was chief policy adviser for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology for four years from 1998.

From 2002 to 2008 he was Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry policy deputy director general. For the following seven years, he worked as Ministry for the Environment chief executive and secretary for the environment.

He now holds governance roles such as Landcare Research deputy chairman, AgResearch Ltd director, Our Land and Water Science Challenge chairman and Sir Peter Blake Trust chairman.

His QSO is an honour but is more about the people he has worked with over the years, he says.

“I have worked with outstanding people who made great contributions.

“I had the privilege of leading them.”

Paul Reynolds says his advice for young people is, “be authentic . . . just be yourself, be truthful and treat people appropriately.

“Don’t duck the hard things but meet them face on”.

It worked for him. Last week the Eastland Community Trust (ECT) chairman was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order for services to the state.

Leadership has been a defining feature of Dr Reynolds’ numerous public service roles.

The molecular scientist-turned ministry chief was chief policy adviser for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology for four years from 1998.

From 2002 to 2008 he was Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry policy deputy director general. For the following seven years, he worked as Ministry for the Environment chief executive and secretary for the environment.

He now holds governance roles such as Landcare Research deputy chairman, AgResearch Ltd director, Our Land and Water Science Challenge chairman and Sir Peter Blake Trust chairman.

His QSO is an honour but is more about the people he has worked with over the years, he says.

“I have worked with outstanding people who made great contributions.

“I had the privilege of leading them.”

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