Dr John Morgan Williams, QSO
Dr Morgan Williams, of Richmond, for services to the State and the environment
Dr Morgan Williams earnt his PhD in population ecology and worked in Antarctica and Fiji before dedicating his work toward the public sector. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, leading major research on pests, before serving as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. In that role, he advanced understanding of environmental and sustainability issues. He chaired the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in New Zealand and was a member of the WWF International Council. He now chairs the Cawthron Foundation, which raises funds, provides scholarships, and runs science fairs and the New Zealand River Awards. Dr Williams is a Trustee of the National Energy Research Institute and the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, as well as Chair of a Water Futures group.