Dr John Wood re-elected as Chancellor

16 December 2014

A former New Zealand ambassador to Iran, Turkey and the United States, Dr John Wood QSO, has been re-elected Chancellor to the University of Canterbury Council.

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Chancellor Dr John Wood

A former New Zealand ambassador to Iran, Turkey and the United States, Dr John Wood QSO, has been re-elected Chancellor to the University of Canterbury Council.

Dr Wood, who is from Kaikoura and now retired, was Ambassador to the United States between 1994 and 1998, and 2002 and 2006.

During his 37-year public service career he was also New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, was international adviser to the Prime Minister, and held diplomatic postings in Japan and Germany.

He was twice Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and led many trade delegations. These included delegations to the WTO (World Trade Organisation) and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

Dr Wood, who graduated from Canterbury with an MA (first class honours) in 1964 and has received an honorary doctorate from the University. He attended Balliol College and holds an MA (Hons) degree from Oxford University. Dr Wood is also a Trustee of the UC Foundation. He has served on the University Council since 2007 and has been Chancellor since 2011.

The University of Canterbury Council has also elected its Pro-Chancellor for 2015, Christchurch barrister and solicitor Sue McCormack.

McCormack is also a University of Canterbury graduate, holding a BA and LLB. She has 25 years’ experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer and is currently a partner in Mortlock McCormack Law.

She has been a member of the University Council since 2010 and is also a board member of the Public Trust.  Previous governance roles include serving on the boards of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Lyttelton Port Company Limited and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as trustee of the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is also the honorary solicitor for the charity Dress for Success.

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