The Comvita Board of Directors: Neil Craig, Alan Bougen, Sarah Ottrey, Luke Bunt, Sarah Kennedy, Murray Denyer, Brett Hewlett and Paul Reid.
Neil has been Chairman of Comvita since September 2005. He is Executive Chairman of Craigs Investment Partners, a New Zealand Exchange Participant Firm and New Zealand’s largest retail broking firm. Craigs Investment Partners has approximately 310 staff across 17 branches throughout New Zealand.
Alan is the Deputy Chairman of Comvita, having been a foundation Director since 1976 and serving as Managing Director until 1998. His background in the natural healthcare industry, apiculture and international marketing brings a particularly pertinent industry and global perspective to the Board as Comvita continues in the developments of its key offshore markets.
Sarah joined the Comvita board in November 2012. She has a background in senior marketing roles in New Zealand and Asia for international companies Unilever and DB Breweries. In 1994, as Marketing Manager for Tui, Sarah generated the iconic, Tui, Yeah Right Campaign, which has run for an unprecedented 18 years and is still going strong. In addition to being a professional Director, Sarah has her own Marketing Advisory company which focuses on consumer advocacy, brand building and governance work. Clients include and have included Beef + Lamb NZ, DB Breweries, SPARC and the BNZ. Sarah's current directorships are with NZX-listed, EBOS Group Ltd, Smiths City Group Ltd, the NZX-unlisted Blue Sky Meats Ltd and other private companies.
A professional director and consultant, Luke has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing in both durable goods and FMCG and has considerable experience in financial services and property. He has held senior executive positions in a number of well-known New Zealand corporates, both public and private. This includes ten years with The Warehouse Group where he was Chief Financial Officer, Head of Property and Chairman of the group’s financial services joint venture company and ten years with the DB Group where his last position was Group General Manager Finance and Planning and non-executive director of the company’s various joint venture and subsidiary businesses. He has also held senior executive positions with Watties, Feltex and Telecom. Luke has held board positions at Flooring Xtra Co-operative, Prolife Foods, Smith’s City Group and Super Liquor Holdings and is currently the Managing Director of Pumpkin Patch (NZX:PPL. Luke is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Directors in NZ. He joined the Comvita board in July 2014.
Sarah is the CEO of Lifestream International, a 100% New Zealand owned company specialising in bioavailable, ethical, plant-based health foods. Prior to this she was the CEO of Designer Textiles International. From 2011 to 2014, Sarah was with Fonterra and held roles as Vice President International Farming based in China, Managing Director of Dairy Nutrition and Managing Director of RD1 - Fonterra's chain of rural retail stores. Prior to that, Sarah had 10 years as Managing Director of Healtheries/Vitaco NZ Limited and during this time she handled the sales and distribution role for Comvita in NZ. During her time at Healtheries, she oversaw the merger of Healtheries with Nutralife, doubling the size of the organisation and increasing market share significantly in both NZ and Australia, along with taking the business into international markets. Sarah is originally a veterinarian by training and has held a number of other senior executive positions in agribusiness and food industries. Sarah joined Comvita as a newly appointed Director in July 2015.
Murray is an experienced commercial lawyer, having advised and worked with both large and medium sized New Zealand companies, State Owned Enterprises and government departments. As a former New Zealand diplomat and government international trade lawyer, he also has specialist expertise in international trade law and policy. Murray was General Counsel and Board Secretary with Zespri International Limited and is now a Partner at law firm, Cooney Lees Morgan in Tauranga, which he joined in 2009. His legal practice spans company and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, agribusiness and international trade law and policy.
Murray also has extensive experience in human resources and remuneration matters. He is a Director of Enterprise Angels, the local Bay of Plenty/Waikato angel investment group.
Brett is a professional director and consultant. He is an Independent Director and Chairman of private company BlueLab Corporation Ltd, Director of SeaDragon Ltd (NZX:SEA), Chairman of Priority One, Tauranga and Western BOP’s economic development agency, a Board member of Enterprise Angels as well as a Member of the Callaghan Innovation Stakeholder Advisory Group. Brett is a former member of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Better by Design Advisory Board and former Chief Executive Officer of Comvita. Prior to Comvita, he held a number of senior roles with global packaging firm Tetra Pak. Brett has a Bachelor of Food Technology from Massey University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland. He has also completed advanced management programmes at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Brett is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Paul is an innovative thinker who understands digital trends and application in the commercial area. Currently Paul is Chair of Figured (an accounting platform for farming businesses) and Pukeko Pictures GP (Global Entertainment Company), Director of Software Education and an advisory board member to several technology businesses. He has held a number of key executive roles in the transformation of businesses including NZ Post Group, Air New Zealand, MetService and Carter Holt Harvey. Paul holds honours degrees in Mathematics and Operations Research.
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