Rod’s grandparents, on both sides of the family, owned farms; one in Tauranga and the other in Central Otago. His grandfather, Ivo Carr, lived in Southland and sold life insurance for AMP after returning from the First World War where he flew for the Royal Flying Corp. His father graduated with a BAgSci from Lincoln College and worked for Dalgetty, selling grass seed in Kenya before doing his PhD at Chicago University in the 1950s.
Rod spent his summer holidays in the 1960s staying in the shearer's quarters at Lauder, Cecil Peak and Braemar stations, and as an Otago university student he worked summers hay making and wool pressing on farms just out from Balclutha.
He has a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management, MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, MBA in Money and Finance, an Honours degree in Economics, an Honours degree in Law, and a Diploma in Export Administration.
His career spans commercial and central banking (BNZ, National Australia Bank, deputy Governor, acting Governor and later Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, now ASB bank director), software company CE, University Vice Chancellor and founding Chair Climate Change Commission. He was a director of Taranaki Investment Management Ltd for five years during the period it operated dairy farms in North Western Tasmania, running around 12,000 dairy cows.
He spent five years as the founding chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board, ten years as a director of the Lyttleton Port Company and ten years as a director of the Canterbury Employers'.
He most recently served as one of 17 expert advisors to the Secretary General of the United Nations on how to improve the credibility of net zero emissions claims by regions, cities and businesses, or in effect, how to limit greenwashing. The report was released at COP27.
He ran 23 Marathons between 2003 and 2019 including Antarctica, Polar Circle in Greenland, Pyong Yang North Korea, Easter Island, and the fun ones - Boston, New York, London, Paris, Athens. He also did the 6 km open ocean swim from Kapiti Island to Paraparaumu beach three years in a row.
And he’s been legally blind since birth.