KiwiNet Board Chairman
The Honourable Ruth Richardson, the former New Zealand Minister of Finance, has considerable involvement in the local and international business community chairing the Jade Software Corporation Ltd, SYFT Technologies Ltd, Synlait Ltd and the KULA Fund. Ruth is also a director of Synlait Milk Ltd, NZ Merino Company Ltd and Ruth Richardson (New Zealand) Limited.
Andrew trained as a Chemical and Process Engineer and then spent 12 years in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries in the UK. His experience spanned manufacturing, engineering, business development and R&D. He was a Director and part of the executive management team that executed a successful turnaround of a small, fully integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company (Allergy Therapeutics plc) and subsequent listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Since returning to New Zealand 10 years ago Andrew has been actively involved in early stage technology businesses as an investor, advisor and entrepreneur. He is a director and shareholder in; Lypanosys (A Phase 2 drug for Atopic Dermatitis); Kayasand (A company with novel technology for the manufacture of sand from quarry waste streams); APD (New Zealand’s leading plastic fabrication company); is a Venture partner in the GRC SinoGreen Fund; and is a Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee for KiwiNet, which invests Government PreSeed Accelerator Funding into transforming scientific discoveries emerging from research organisations into new business for New Zealand.
Managing Director of Viclink Ltd
Geoff is the Managing Director of Viclink Ltd. Geoff has extensive and well recognised international skills at raising capital, purchase and sale of technology businesses, joint venture agreements and adding significant commercial value to technology projects. Geoff serves on the Board of a number of technology and medical companies, is a core participant in a start up medical device company and previously had a leading role in the establishment of three technology companies. Geoff is currently the Chair of the Creative HQ Board of Directors. Geoff was General Manager Business Development at IRL for over 10 years.
Plant and Food
David Hughes is Group General Manager Commercial at Plant & Food, where he oversees all aspects of the commercial groups, including client and customer management, marketing and communication, international business development, and the commercialisation of plant varieties and cultivars.
Prior to this position David has had a successful career in the dairy industry having held senior positions in the dairy industry at NZMP and Fonterra. These positions have given him experience in business development, innovation based growth and IP Protection.
An early career in science, sales and management of technologically advanced organisations combined with later leadership and development roles provides a wide perspective on success in its many forms. Ngaio has a real passion for relationship management and her key strengths lie in relationships, strategic thinking and innovation. She is an active speaker on leadership, motivation, communication and engagement, regularly MCs events and is a trustee for the North Harbour Club and YES Disability.