Gavin trained as an industrial microbiologist, obtaining his PhD in 1993 at the University of Surrey as a studentship with Glaxo Group Research.  In the last 20 years he served a variety of roles in universities and spinout companies in NZ and the UK, with senior appointments including Director of Commercialisation at Massey University (2003-07), CEO of Polybatics Ltd (2004-07), Industrial Liaison Director at the UK Industrial Doctorate Centre for Bioprocessing at Newcastle University (2010-12), Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Otago (2012-18) and Dean of Enterprise at Massey University (2019-present).  Gavin is advisor to a number of technology start-ups and co-founder of SortLogic Ltd, an England company focused on technology solutions for animal breeding.