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Our People

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble

Here's what our people have to say about working here.

... "perfect balance", "absolute pleasure", "international exposure"... 

Pretesh Patel, Manager - Europe and Gulf Countries, LMRC

Working for Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC) and UniServices has been the highlight of my career to date notably due to the entire UniServices team and culture being dynamic, driven and supportive. 

LMRC is internationally recognised and works on leading edge industry R&D projects directly with end user companies. LMRC’s client base is predominately international and I have been fortunate enough to travel and see the world with my work. 

This international exposure has really helped me establish myself within the aluminium community.  One of the biggest benefits with working within UniServices is that I have not just been exposed to one industry sector, there is constant interaction with other research centres and the work they do which I believe has helped me develop quite a unique and broad knowledge and experience base.



Shannon Fraser, Contracts Manager

I began my career at UniServices as an intern with the University of Auckland's Master of Bioscience Enterprise program. UniServices works alongside these students to develop a technology from idea to commercialisation and took me on as an intern from there. 

I worked in UniServices technology development team in 2014 to assist the commercialisation managers with new technologies coming through to UniServices. 
This internship opened up many opportunities, including the ability to travel to New Orleans in early 2015 as recipient of the Howard Bremer scholarship. At the end of my internship I transitioned to a contracts manager in the Operations team, and now I manage commercial contracts for the School of Medicine. 

My work day is a mix of meeting academics at the University to talk about work they want to do, negotiating contracts with clients and ensuring that projects are running to budget. The mix of science and business the job gives me is a perfect balance and I love working being a part of UniServices atmosphere. 



Linda Bendikson, Director UACEL

As Director of UACEL, it is my privilege to lead a small, dedicated team involved in the development of leaders.  We work in Australasia and the Pacific Islands and currently, in Norway and Denmark also.  

Our work is exciting because, increasingly, we measure ourselves not by just our impact on leaders, but also by the impact those leaders have on their students.  We have developed courses based on empirical evidence about behaviours that effective leaders use and we bring these to life with examples from the wide range of the schools and educational institutions we either research in or support leadership development in.   

The opportunity we have had this year to take our work beyond Australasia has been particularly motivating.  The problems that leaders in New Zealand and Australia face are very similar to those that leaders around the world grapple with – and we are finding that through our work in a wide range of contexts, we are gaining a strong feel for how to help leaders become more effective, in shorter amounts of time.  

When you help people change their own behaviour, and it has immediate effects, it makes your job an absolute pleasure – and UniServices pay us to do it!