Senior Management Team

Toni Brendish
Chief Executive Officer

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Toni joined Westland as Chief Executive 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) Sdn Bhd; and Managing Director of the Danone dairy business in Indonesia.

Jeremy Edmonds
Interim Chief Financial Officer

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Jeremy Edmonds C.A. joined Westland Milk Products in November 2016 as Interim Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the Finance, Audit, Tax, Treasury and Information Services teams. Jeremy has 22 years experience in the food and beverage sector in New Zealand and the UK, Asia and the USA. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2012, Jeremy had been based offshore for six years with The Coca-Cola Company, based in Singapore and Atlanta, USA. Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer for Villa Maria Estate Ltd.

Andrew Simson
General Manager - Quality

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Andrew joined Westland in March 2015, following more than 20 years in the Agrifood industry. In this role, Andrew is responsible for ensuring Westland maintains world class quality and regulatory standards. Prior to joining Westland, Andrew held a range of quality and food safety roles with National Foods, Lion and Murray Goulburn in Australia. He has a wide variety of experience in quality and food safety management including; farm quality, fresh milk, UHT milk, cheese, commodity powders and nutritional powders. 

Andrew aims to establish Westland as a first choice in dairy by providing customers with a flawless product every time. His decision to move to Westland was influenced by the strong culture and values, as well as the opportunity to work for a technically competent and growing business. 

Rick Walker
General Manager - Sales

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Rick was appointed to the role of General Manager Ingredient Sales in September 2013, following almost 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand dairy industry. In this role Rick is responsible for managing Westland’s global ingredients sales portfolio, which includes milk powders, proteins, cream products and bio-actives.

Prior to joining Westland in 2011, Rick held a variety of sales, trade policy and account management roles in New Zealand, the USA, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, with the majority of his dairy career spent in international markets. Rick is driven by the desire to build mutually beneficial long term relationships, to work with customers in identifying new ways Westland can add value to their businesses, and to make Westland an integral part of our customers' future success.

Caro Findlay
Head of People and Safety

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Caro joined Westland in 2015 after previously working in Human Resources at the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards. Caro was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2002 after graduating with a LLB and BA. She has previously worked at Parliament in a communications role, and for Immigration New Zealand in London. She has lectured at Polytechnic level in Business Communications, Employment Law, Labour Relations and HR. Caro combines her interest in law, communication and people in her current role as Head of People and Safety.

Mark Lockington
Company Secretary

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Mark Lockington joined Westland Milk Products in 2002 as Financial Controller before becoming Company Secretary in 2008. Prior to joining Westland Milk Products, Mark worked in various financial, accounting, administration and management positions throughout New Zealand and Australia in the agricultural, mining and infrastructure sectors.  Mark is also involved in a number of community organizations and is a trustee and Chair of Development West Coast’s Finance and Audit Committee and a trustee of the recently formed Pike River Disaster Relief Fund.  Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant, qualified Engineer (NZCE Civil and Structural).

Simon Bastion
General Manager - Operations

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Simon was appointed General Manager Operations in December 2014, following almost 2 years as Manufacturing Manager. Simon has over 23 years’ experience in the dairy and beverage industry in New Zealand and offshore. Prior to joining Westland, Simon was General Manager Operations for Aujan Industries based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia manufacturing UHT juices, non-alcoholic beer and cordials. Simon also worked for Almarai in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia manufacturing fresh milk, desserts, yogurts and fermented milk products. 

Simon focuses his efforts on delivering on the company’s key performance targets and strategies through team work and continuous improvement.

Raul Elias-Drago
General Manager - Supply Chain

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Raul comes to Westland following a 20-year career building and optimising supply chains for dairy (Nutricia), food ingredients (Firmenich), rural (Farmlands) FMCG businesses across New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His specialty is in establishing customer facing supply networks that are fast, flexible and cost effective over distance and through borders. Raul is trained in chemical engineering and psychology.

Gary Yu
General Manager - China

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Joining Westland in May 2017, Gary is a Chinese national who has a tremendous amount of experience working in the China market. Most recently he has been the Managing Director of Griffith Foods for the Greater China region. Prior to Griffith Foods, Gary  worked in Coca Cola China, Unilever Bestfoods, Rich Products and Nestle China in sales, marketing, R&D and supply chain managements in the Greater China Markets. His experience covers Food Service, Retail as well as B2B customer segments, product portfolios, and market geography developments.