The Team

Our team is multicultural, multilingual, well educated, solutions orientated, primary industry focused and cross trained.

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Anne-Marie Arts
MBA, Dip. Bus. (Marketing), B. Hort.Sc., NZCQA
Managing Director
Anne-Marie was a founding director of the business in 2000 and her professional interests revolve around post-harvest management systems and quality management of fresh food, particularly fresh produce. Anne-Marie is the New Zealand representative on the Food Safety Committee of the International Federation for Produce Standards. She is also a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Massimo (Max) Ciccioni
M. Hort.Sc.
Director, IVA & Survey
Massimo is responsible for the IVA & Survey part of the business. This involves fresh produce import and export inspections, managing mystery shopping programmes commissioned by clients looking for objective data on how their products fare once they reach the retail shelves and co-ordinating the residue sampling programmes run on behalf of regulators and industry participants.

Dr Hans Maurer
DBA, Dip. Bus (Marketing), B. Hort., MRSNZ, CMInstD
Director, Strategy & Marketing
Hans was a founding director of the business in 2000. His focus is business leadership and providing strategic advice to key clients. Hans’ professional interests revolve around all strategic value chain aspects of international agribusiness, particularly in the marketing challenges related to fruits and vegetables. Hans is an Executive Committee member of United Fresh Incorporated, a trustee of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust and the New Zealand director on the Board of the International Federation for Produce Standards. Hans is also a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Institute of Directors and the International Management Centres Association.

April Millman
B. Hort.Sc.
Lower North Island Manager / Technical Manager, Biosecurity
April’s background in horticulture, her 9 years’ experience working for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), as well as more recent Inspection & Audit experience in relation to exports provide a wealth of knowledge to share with our Lower North Island clients.  April is the primary contact for our Lower North Island based customers. As a member of the IVA & Survey Team, April is also involved in the assessment / inspection of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises and auditing of Ministry Approved Organisations (MAOs).

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Melissa Zainey
B. Sc. (Biology & Chemistry)
South Island Co-ordinator
Melissa is based in Christchurch and worked as an industrial Health & Safety Trainer focussing on hazardous substances for 2 years prior to joining The AgriChain Centre. Melissa is the initial contact for all our South Island clients.  She works as part of both our Biosecurity and Survey Teams and calls on the resources of the entire company to meet the needs of our South Island clientele.

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PROJECTS TEAM

Melanie Trotman
M.Sc.
Project Manager
Melanie manages all project delivery activity for the business and works with all section managers in achieving the outcomes we have contracted with our clients. This includes management of our Quality Management System and ensuring that we meet all accreditation requirements. Melanie manages a team of project co-ordinators.

Jacob Lawes
B.Sc. (Natural Sciences)
Projects Officer
As our Projects Officer, Jacob works in a project co-ordination and support role, also covering Health and Safety compliance as well as maintaining our Quality Management Systems.

Scott Morrison
M.Sc. (Zoology), B.Sc. (Ecology, minor in Zoology)
Sampling Co-ordinator
Scott’s background and interest in ecology and environmental science provides a strong basis for understanding the complexities of sampling projects, with emphasis on traceability in the fast-paced fresh produce industry. Scott also works closely with our Biosecurity Team, assisting clients and providing assistance with their Biosecurity manual development, applications to MPI for new facilities and conducting site assessments.

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BIOSECURITY TEAM

Anne-Marie Arts, our Managing Director, is currently responsible for our Biosecurity portfolio.
Please contact Anne-Marie with any queries.

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FOOD SAFETY TEAM

Yvonne Gao
PG. Dip. FoodTech, B.Sc. (Bioengineering)
Food Safety Manager
Yvonne assists clients, primarily in the fresh food / produce arena, with the preparation and implementation of Food Safety and Quality Management Programmes.  She also develops and delivers customised Food Safety training for clients to meet their specific needs.  With a background in Quality Assurance and Quality Control as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering, Yvonne recommends practical solutions for our clients.  She also conducts GAP analysis and internal audits to ensure that clients achieve the level of compliance required for their business.

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SURVEY & IVA TEAM

Yinan Tian
PGDipHort., B AgriSc. (Hort)
Survey Team Leader
Yinan’s primary role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises. Yinan is also involved in sampling and mystery shopping projects that the organisation undertakes for commercial and regulatory clients.

Corey Seator
B.Sc. (Food Science and Nutrition)
Quality Assessor
Corey supports Yinan with the inspection, monitoring and quality assessment of fresh produce for various clients.

Mark An
B.Sc. (Food Science and Engineering), M.Sc. (Agricultural Extension), PG Dip. (AgriCommerce)
Quality Assessor
Mark supports Yinan with the inspection, monitoring and quality assessment of fresh produce for various clients, and utilises his extensive food safety knowledge to provide support to our Food Safety Team.

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SUPPORT TEAM

Andrea Young
Team Leader Administration
Andrea is responsible for our general office administration. Andrea also works as part of the Biosecurity Services Team to manage Biosecurity sales and assist with Transitional Facility requirements in relation to Biosecurity obligations.  In addition, Andrea also handles our Payroll to ensure that we all get paid!  You may well get a call from Andrea too if invoices are not paid on time as she chases accounts receivable or equally she may be the person on the end of the phone when you make a training booking.

Lisa Ritchie
Media Co-ordinator
Lisa manages the company’s media activities and is responsible for all things related to visual imagery. Lisa’s design skills ensure a professional presentation in all marketing activities and her involvement in most of the company’s research projects.

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The AgriChain Centre – Team Profiles can be viewed on LinkedIn

 

Updated 18 June 2018.