BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Graham joined Wallace in 2006 from the Randall Parker Food Group in the UK He has an extensive history of senior leadership roles in the red meat and fishing industries in New Zealand and internationally. Graham is a current director of the International Fats and Protein Research Association (FPRF) and a former Chairman of the Guild of Welsh Lamb and Beef Suppliers.
Sir James Wallace
Sir James established Wallace Corporation in 1996 consolidating a number of family companies and his own businesses which included the Wallford Meats processing plant at Waitoa. His early career was as a solicitor and company secretary working closely with Sir Robert Kerridge and Sir Woolf Fisher at Rank/Hanimex and Fisher & Paykel respectively. Sir James was knighted for his services to the Arts.
Grant Waring CA, BMS Waikato
Grant Waring is the General Manager Finance of WaikatoLink Limited. As a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and a BMS graduate from the University of Waikato, Grant has a strong financial background and has a keen interest in transactional services through his experience in large international accounting practices. Grant’s true passion however lies in early stage entrepreneurial ventures where he has been heavily involved in assisting start-ups make the transition to active commercial ventures.
John left school at the age of 17 and began working for the family business on a short-term contract – now 53 years later; John is still working for the same company, now known as the Maisey Group; he is the Managing Director. Since those early years, John has seen some rather spectacular growth, lead largely by himself. The company has had operations in New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and Brazil. In many cases, under-performing companies have been taken and worked on until substantial profits made it right to sell on. These companies have all had substantial exports and the company now has manufacturing operations, both in Australia and New Zealand. There are nine operating divisions in these two countries, plus several property companies. John is Managing Director of all of these divisions, while the family now owns 100% of the Shareholding.
Anthony (Tony) Steele
A specialist Business Adviser and Chartered Accountant, Tony was Managing Partner of KPMG‘s Hamilton office and a member of KPMG’s National Management Board for 11 years. He is an Independent Director of Innovation Waikato Limited and Waikato Innovation Park Limited. Tony is Independent Chairman of Maisey Group Limited (formerly Forlong and Maisey) and sits on the Boards of several Maisey Group Subsidiaries in New Zealand and Australia. He is also a Director of WEL Networks Limited and Waikato Networks Limited. Tony is a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is an Independent Member of Hamilton City Council’s Audit and Risk Committee, and has been an Ultrafast Fibre Board Member since 2014.
Darren has owned several of his own businesses and comes from a background of 15 years’ experience in the financial sector, ranging from international trade and finance, commercial finance and retail banking. Darren has recent experience in early stage technology start up’s having been responsible for the management and business development of several companies spun out of research conducted at the University of Waikato.
Associate Professor Johan Verbeek
Novatein R&D Manager
Associate Professor Verbeek is a Chemical Engineer and is responsible for developing and managing Aduro Biopolymer’s research strategy. He has more than 15 years’ experience in waste and by-product valorisation with an emphasis on renewable materials and biological products. His enthusiasm for engineering led him to a Masters of Engineering, looking at biodegradable polymers and using plastic soft drink bottles to make bio-friendly materials. His passion for working in the field of sustainability lead to a doctorate with a focus on using waste material to create building materials. Since his tertiary studies, Johan’s wealth of knowledge in the engineering field of sustainable products has skyrocketed, which has led to a number of innovative developments in the engineering industry. His research area covers a wide range of topics, such as polymer extrusion, rheology, material properties, protein analysis, chemical modification of proteins as well as protein composites and nano-composites.
Dr Jim Bier
Novatein R&D Scientist
Jim has been involved with the science behind Aduro’s Novatein® material for several years. He completed a Master’s degree investigating environmental impacts of its production in 2010, and followed this with doctoral studies examining structural changes and chain mobility during processing. Prior to his work with Novatein®, Jim was employed for four years as a Business Manager for an advertising agency and a fast growing exporter of software for managing workflows in the creative industry.