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 Systems and ensuring that we meet all accreditation requirements and Health and Safety compliance. Melanie manages a team of Project Officers and Co-ordinators to ensure all projects are implemented effectively and efficiently.

Jacob Lawes
B.Sc. (Natural Sciences)
Projects Officer
As our Projects Officer, Jacob works in a project support and implementation role, also providing research and technical support for our United Fresh work and our Samoan Cocoa Project.

Yvonne Hallaways
B.Eng. (Manufacturing Engineering)
Projects Co-ordinator
As our Projects Co-ordinator, Yvonne works in a project co-ordination and support role, in particular by providing structure to the Food Safety team’s project work.  In addition, Yvonne helps maintain our Quality Management Systems.

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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

Martin Okuku
BSc. (Geography)
IVA & Survey Assessor
Martin’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets. He is also involved in sampling and mystery shopping projects that the organisation undertakes for commercial and regulatory clients.

Aneetta Baby
BSc. (Microbiology), PG. Dip. Applied Science
IVA & Survey Assessor
Aneetta’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets. She is also involved in sampling and mystery shopping projects that the organisation undertakes for commercial and regulatory clients.

Alex Swann
FdSc. (Horticulture)
IVA & Survey Assessor
Alex’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets. In addition, he is also our Nursery Advisor for the Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative providing technical knowledge, skills and support to our in-country stakeholders.

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SUPPORT TEAM

Andrea Young

Office Administrator

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.

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The AgriChain Centre – Team Profiles can be viewed on LinkedIn

Updated 28 May 2019