Who we are

Massey Ventures Limited (MVL) is a fully owned subsidiary of Massey University, and is the vehicle for managing the University's commercial investments. Our exclusive responsibility for the commercialization of intellectual property vested in the University spans every stage of the commercialization process, from inspiration and encouragement within the University environment, to development and support that translates to material economic benefit.

How we can help you

MVL holds equity in a range of companies that have been spun out of the University. We actively manage this portfolio to deliver shareholder benefits.

MVL operates within a range of legal and statutory frameworks, including the specific approval from the Minister of Finance to invest in the companies developing and commercializing intellectual property created by or on behalf of the University and also provides seed investment to support the development of commercially promising ideas.

Our Directors


Terry Allen



Terry is currently a Trade Commissioner for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Prior to joining NZTE he was the managing director of Allen Strategic, a company he founded specialising in the provision of governance, strategy and execution services at board and executive level. Terry has 20 years’ experience in the wider ICT industry, during which he has held senior roles in multinational technology companies, including 12 years with Microsoft New Zealand. He also ran the incubation business for Auckland University's Icehouse incubator for two years, focusing on business growth strategy, business start-ups, commercialisation and company governance. Terry holds a number of directorships and is currently on the board of Serato, Theta Systems, Massey Ventures Ltd and MPA Limited.

Giselle Byrnes



Professor Giselle Byrnes brings to the Board senior management experience in universities in Australia and in New Zealand and a broad knowledge of governance across the higher education and community sectors. Giselle is an internationally recognised historian and joined Massey in early 2016. She brings a particular expertise in academic governance and accountability and in the performing arts boards and governance sector. Professor Byrnes has been Fulbright scholar teaching New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and has served as President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She has a commitment to advancing the agenda around equity and access to higher education and is a strong advocate of the critical role played by modern universities in creating social, cultural and intellectual capital for public benefit and economic wellbeing.

Andrew Lewis



Andrew is currently lead partner at Auckland based Andrew Lewis Law. Andrew has 15 years' of partner level experience at leading New Zealand and international firms (12 years as a corporate partner at Simpson Grierson in Auckland and three years as a corporate partner at Norton Rose Group in Dubai). He has led major transactions including mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions, capital raisings and funds, joint ventures and supply and distribution arrangements. In many cases these transactions cross international borders with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

Cathy Magiannis



Cathy is Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategy, Finance, IT and Commercial Operations at Massey University. Previously Ms Magiannis was chief executive of Education Payroll Ltd, the company established in 2014 to take over the operations of the education sector payroll. Prior to that she was chief executive of the Gareth Morgan Investments Group from February 2010 to December 2012 and, before that, the Inland Revenue Department's KiwiSaver programme director, leading the implementation of the transformational savings initiative from 2005-09. Earlier management roles included four years in the New Zealand Treasury and six years with Ernst and Young. She has also held professional positions in Athens, Greece, and Jakarta, Indonesia. Born in Greece and raised in Wellington, she has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, a Certificate of Banking from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (of which she is an Affiliate Member, is a graduate of the Government's Executive Leadership Programme, completed a Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand, the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Our staff


Russell Wilson


Company Secretary

Telephone: +(06) 356 9099 Ext 83212
Email: R.Wilson@massey.ac.nz

Russell is the Commercialisation and IP Manager at Massey University. Prior to joining Massey in 2010, Russell spent 25 years working in the NZ dairy industry in a range of research and development roles ranging from research scientist through to R&D management. Russell has a strong interest in the commercialisation of research, particularly in the food and agritech space, and the financial analysis associated with both the commercialisation and operation of the MVL portfolio.

Mark Cleaver


Chief Executive Officer, Massey Ventures Ltd

Telephone: 027 279 2585
Email: m.cleaver@masseyventures.co.nz

Mark is the former Director, Business Development and Commercialisation at Massey University. Prior to joining Massey University in 2008, Mark spent 10 years with Crown Research Institute Landcare Research in a range of roles from Science General Manager to Operations Manager and Chief Operating Officer – Commercialisation. Mark has a particular interest in innovation and the commercialisation of research and has helped establish a number of new companies. In 2005 he co-founded his own business Aero Sports Protection Ltd, a sports equipment manufacturing and distribution business.