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FT-Annual2017 45 ROSEMARY HANCOCK (New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology) Hancock is the executive manager of this country’s premier professional organisation for food industry personnel, with more than 1200 members. She has a Bachelor of Technology (Biotech) from Massey University, and worked as a research/ process engineer in the dairy industry. TONI BRENDISH (Westland Milk Products) Brendish was appointed chief executive of Hokitika-based dairy company Westland in 2016, having spent a large part of her career within the Danone Group as managing director of Nutricia Australia and New Zealand, managing director of Danone Dumex (Malaysia), and managing director of the Danone dairy business in Indonesia. The first woman to head a dairy co-operative in New Zealand, Brendish is an Australian with more than 30 years’ general management experience. Westland was founded in 1937 and is the nation’s second-largest dairy cooperative behind Fonterra. It has 430 farming families who supply it with milk, with a turnover at more than $630 million. JOHN MORGAN (FoodSouth) Morgan is manager of the southernmost hub of the NZ Innovation Network, which is part of a national food and beverage export growth initiative.  The Southern Centre opened in early 2016 and is working with South Island-based businesses to assist them grow their sales and exports. Morgan is an experienced business development specialist, having worked in management, sales and marketing roles for more than 30 years, the past ten in the food industry. He was chief executive of GraceLinc in Lincoln, a start-up manufacturer selling a novel barley extract internationally, and directed research and enterprise at Otago University. He holds an Agricultural Science degree from Lincoln University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. CHRIS CLARIDGE (Potatoes NZ) A member of the Royal Society, Claridge is chief executive of Potatoes NZ and has an extensive business and academic background. Founder of Carrickmore, a dairy export company specialising in marketing infant formula, Claridge helped established the New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association to maintain and protect the reputation of New Zealand infant formula, with members including laboratories, can manufacturers, co-packers, ingredient suppliers and small-and -medium-sized infant formula exporters. Claridge founded ID Digital Media, a full service advertising agency specialising in marketing communications, and was the Dean of Business Studies and Senior Lecturer in Management at the Christchurch College of Education. Passionate about horticulture and adding value to New Zealand’s primary produce, he founded Claridges Organics, one of New Zealand’s first organic food exporting businesses. He attended Lincoln University to study horticulture, before transferring to Canterbury to complete a Masters in Biotechnology. WHO’S WHO

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