Executive Leadership 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 of Indonesia.

Drawing from her extensive experience within the food and beverage industry and, more specifically, within dairy company roles, Toni has focused her team’s efforts on ensuring Westland is operating in the most efficient manner across all product ranges. Coupled with identifying that the company’s key opportunities lay in leveraging its heritage and location, by offering differentiated products that add value to the shareholder base, this strategy will lay the foundations for Westland’s future success.

Toni divides her time between Westland’s Hokitika and Christchurch bases. She is married to Mark Baker, the Deputy Photo Editor for Associated Press, and together they have two children.

John McKenna
Interim Chief Financial Officer

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John started with Westland as the interim Chief Financial Officer on 15 October 2018. Irish-born, John has extensive experience working in executive positions in the Irish Dairy industry. Prior to joining Westland he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Global Infant Formula and Baby Foods, where he led strategic programmes to build international distribution, set up clear pricing structures through the value chain and worked on capital funding projects.

He has extensive experience in building businesses both organically and through acquisition. John has also led major capital projects such as factory builds and expansions and IT implementations and upgrades.

As interim Chief Financial Officer, John is on a six-month contract while Westland recruits a new CFO.

Craig Betty
Chief Operating Officer

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Joining Westland in July 2017, Craig's remit is to ensure effective productivity, with a strong focus on safety, quality and sustainability. Westland’s manufacturing, quality and supply chain functions are all the responsibility of the COO. Prior to joining Westland, Craig was Regional General Manager Operations for the lower North Island for Fonterra and has had a career with Fonterra dating back to 2002. Prior to that he worked for such companies as Mainland Meats, Heinz Wattie, Huttons and Glaxo Pharmaceuticals.

Mark Lockington
Company Secretary

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Mark joined Westland Milk Products in 2002 as Financial Controller before being appointed Company Secretary in 2008. Prior to joining Westland, he worked in various financial, administration and management positions throughout New Zealand and Australia in the agricultural, mining and infrastructure sectors. Mark is a Chartered Accountant and a qualified Engineer (NZCE Civil and Structural) and a trustee of Development West Coast. The Transport, Shareholder Services and Environmental departments are managed by Mark, who is the main point of contact for shareholder queries, Board matters and corporate issues.

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. 

Caro Findlay
General Manager - 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.

Jeff Goodwin
General Manager - Sales

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Jeffrey Goodwin joined Westland in November 2017 as the General Manager Sales, leaving his role of Vice-President, Global Operations, for James Farrell & Co, which represents United States-based manufacturers in the export of their ingredients and finished goods.

Jeffrey’s experience in food and ingredients sales is global in scale, with a record of success in South East Asia, Japan, China and the United States (among others). He has a proven ability to grow sales, develop new markets and establish key business relationships. His experience is in keeping with Westland’s strategy to differentiate the company and products, and form partnerships with key companies that can give Westland penetration into high-value market niches.