AQ Directors

Board of Directors

AsureQuality is owned by the New Zealand Government and 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.

Paul McGilvary

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 a current Director of Synlait Milk, New Zealand Hops, Waikato Milking Systems and Dairyworks New Zealand. 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.

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 career has spanned industries including FMCG, pulp and paper, forestry, building and banking. Since 2002 I have worked in the food industry with the past seven years in finance leadership roles at Mondelez International. Most recently I was based in Singapore as Director Finance Controlling across the Asia, Middle East and Africa region spanning 34 countries from New Zealand to Morocco and in Dubai leading finance for the North West Africa and Turkey region. I was previously CFO for Kraft Foods Australia and NZ. I started my governance career as a non-executive director of Melbourne based forestry company Vicforests. My experience has covered finance, strategy, risk management, and governance of businesses across diverse international markets. I have a BMS (Hons) from the University of Waikato and am a CA.

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.

Vicky Taylor

Vicky Taylor

Director

I was appointed to the Board in July 2021 having previously held governance roles in the food, automotive testing, tourism and science sectors. I am currently Chair of two privately owned entities in primary industry and employment dispute resolution, as well as sitting on the Industry Advisory Board of the High Value Nutrition Science Challenge. My previous roles have been across the food and beverage industry, including Country Manager New Zealand and Pacific at The Coca-Cola Company and COO of Smartfoods, producer of Vogel’s Cereals. I have a B.Comm from the University of Canterbury and am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. I am delighted to be able to contribute to the food industry in New Zealand through my role on the Board of AsureQuality.

Paul Cochrane

Paul Cochrane

Director

I was appointed to the board in July 2021 and have a broad and varied background including leading the New Zealand Public Service Association (NZPSA), legal practice, leadership and governance consultancy. My governance experience includes the boards of Transpower NZ Ltd, NZ Football and the NZPSA. I am currently a member of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) Governance, Audit and Compliance Committee and its Human Rights Sub-Committee. I have a Bachelor of Laws degree from Victoria University.

Dean Moana

Dean Moana

Director

I was appointed to the Board in March 2022, having previously held various governance and senior management roles in Aotearoa’s food and seafood sectors, including Chief Executive and General Manager of subsidiaries within Aotearoa Fisheries Group - New Zealand’s largest Māori-owned fisheries company. I am a current Board member for two Crown Research Institutes, Plant & Food Research and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), as well as serving on the Board for Akaroa Salmon New Zealand and Port Nicolson Fisheries Ltd. Of Ngati Porou and Apanui descent, I am a current Director of Ngati Porou Runanga and its commercial entity Ngati Porou Holdings Ltd. I am a Chartered Accountant and have a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.

Ariana Estoras

Ariana Estoras

Director

I am of Ngāti Maniapoto descent and was appointed to the Board in July 2022. I have over 15 years’ experience working in Aotearoa’s primary industries sector establishing Māori Agribusiness partnerships while working for Beef + Lamb NZ and Ministry for Primary Industries. I am a recent independent Director for Food HQ and independent Trustee for NZ Rural Leadership Trust and currently the Director of Māori Research and Partnerships at AgResearch, leading engagement with Māori partners and development of Māori research strategy and capability. I have a Masters in Science from the University of Otago which led to me joining the Imperial College in the United Kingdom, enabling research within the area of genetic modification legislation.