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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors have been selected from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities to ensure AsureQuality is governed effectively and continues to build on its success in the fields of food assurance and biosecurity.

Alison Watters

Dr Alison Watters

Chair

I was appointed to the Board in May 2016. I am a scientist and dairy farmer and have over 18 years’ experience in governance roles spanning the commercial, educational, sporting and farming sectors. My previous roles include Director of Human Nutrition at Massey University, and Technical Manager for Fonterra during which time I was involved in commercialising food innovation internationally. I am a farmer-elected Board Director for LIC.
I have a passion for the primary industry and in particular dairy, and together with my husband Andrew own a 630 crossbred dairy herd in the Wairarapa. I have an honours degree in agricultural science and a PhD from Massey University.

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Paul McGilvary

Deputy Chair

Appointed to the Board in May 2017, I have previously held governance roles within the science, food, dairy and automotive industries. I am currently Chairman of Maui Milk and Southern Cross Genetics, and a Director of WEL Networks Ltd. and Waikato Milking Systems. My previous roles have been across a diverse range of industries and have included CEO of HortResearch, and Managing Director of NZ Milk Products (Europe). Most recently, I was the Chief Executive Officer of Tatua Dairy Company for almost nine years until January 2017. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Hons) from Victoria University in Wellington, and I am a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Margot Buick

Margot Buick

Director

I have over 20 years’ experience as a director of public and not-for-profit companies. I have a background in food science and technology, particularly in R&D, food production and processing, and extensive product and business development experience. I am a Fellow, and past President, of the Institute of Food Science and Technology and have an MBA from Massey University.

Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Director

I am the CEO of Tuaropaki Trust which participates in energy generation, food production and the telecommunications sectors. I have a broad range of governance and management expertise gained from time as a Partner in IBM’s Global Business Consulting, Managing Director of EDS New Zealand and as CEO of Tainui Group Holdings. I have also held senior executive roles overseas where I have gained business experience in IT, communications, energy, banking and financing, aviation, merger and acquisitions and supply chain. I have an MBA from the University of Waikato.

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Bruce Scott

Director

Appointed to the AsureQuality Board in May 2015, I also hold advisory and governance roles in insurance and finance businesses within NZ, and provide strategic agri-business services internationally. I have governance skills in business evaluation, debt raising, investment programs, and structural reorganisation. I have 25 years executive management experience in FMCG, rural servicing, agri-business, shipping, fuels, and fishing sectors that includes roles as CEO of Tegel Foods limited, and chairman of the NZ Poultry Association. My international expertise includes board representation, and leading diverse and multi-cultural workforces that has taken me to the Middle East, Russia and the Pacific. I am a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Alison Posa

Alison Posa

Director

With over 25 years’ experience as a CFO and non-executive director in multi-national environments, I was appointed to the Board in January 2019. My previous roles have been across FMCG, Forestry and Pulp and Paper, and include roles such as Director Finance Controlling – Asia, Middle East and Africa for Mondelēz International, the world’s third largest global branded food company, plus CFO roles with Fonterra Brands and Kraft Foods. I have vast experience in finance, strategy, risk management, governance of businesses across multiple countries and leading turnaround growth strategies in complex environments.

Jan Hilder

Jan Hilder

Director

Appointed to the Board in November 2019, I have over 30 years’ experience in senior executive and governance roles. My previous roles include Chief Executive and Executive Director positions with Panacea Healthcare and Tacit Group, along with multiple advisory and senior management roles within the healthcare, insurance, finance, IT and manufacturing sectors. I have considerable expertise in business and technology strategy, risk management, mitigation planning and corporate governance.