Professor Roy Crawford moved from Lisburn to New Zealand ten years ago but still has close family ties in the city.
He has just received the fourth highest honour, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his work in tertiary education.
Professor Crawford,, who now lives in Sunnyhills in East Auckland, has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato since 2005.
During his tenure at the University of Waikato, Professor Crawford’s key achievements include leading the University to be world ranked, implementing a research excellence agenda that significantly improved the University’s research capability, modernising the campus, and continuing a tradition of innovation.
Before moving to New Zealand, Professor Crawford Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Queens University Belfast. He has published eight books and over 300 papers and has been a member of numerous government panels and research grant committees in the UK.
His particular expertise is associated with the rotational moulding of plastics. He is widely recognised as a world leader in this field and has given keynote lectures, courses and seminars on this subject all over the world.