Our team

The Directors of the Company bring to the Board a variety of skills and experience including industry and business knowledge, financial management, legal experience, corporate strategy and corporate governance experience. Profiles of each member of the Board are set out below:


Ivan Hammerschlag

Ivan Hammerschlag

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Hammerschlag was appointed to the Board as non-executive Chairman on 4 July 2018. He has 40 years of business and finance experience as a retail specialist. Mr Hammerschlag was also the Founder and Chairman of ASX listed RCG Corporation Limited (now called Accent Group Limited) which is a regional leader in the retail and distribution of performance and lifestyle footwear. During the period of Mr Hammerschlag's tenure, the market capitalisation of Accent Group Limited went from $12 million to $800 million.

Previously, Mr Hammerschlag was the MD and a shareholder of Freedom Furniture, prior to its listing on the ASX. He also co-owned Divergent Technologies, a retail software company which grew through several acquisitions before finally listing on the NASDAQ. Mr Hammerschlag also has experience in private equity as Executive Chairman, in investee companies, with RMB Capital Partners.

Mr Hammerschlag is also a founding shareholder and director in Centennial Property Group, a property syndicator based in Sydney that invests across Australia. He is based in Sydney.

Mr Hammerschlag holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Certificate in Theory of Accountancy both from University of Cape Town South Africa.


David McCann

David McCann

Non-Executive Director

Mr McCann is a founding shareholder and was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company on 28 April 2016. Mr McCann has 25 years’ experience in managing and operating businesses and has served on both public and private company boards. From 2016 Mr McCann has been a Director of AOP Capital Limited an asset manager licensed by the Hong Kong Securities Futures Commission. Prior to this, Mr McCann was also the CEO of Orient Pacific Capital Limited, a Hong Kong based investment and advisory group.

Mr McCann has several years’ experience building infant milk formula brand ‘A+Puro’ from the ground up with operations in New Zealand, Hong Kong and China . Mr McCann is based in Hong Kong.

Mr McCann holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and French) from the National University of Galway, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute


Randolph van der Burgh

Randolph van der Burgh

Non-Executive Director

Mr van der Burgh is a founding shareholder and was appointed as an Executive Director of the Company and acting CFO on 8 April 2016. Mr van der Burgh is also a founding shareholder in VCFO Group and Rockburgh Fund Services and was a former partner at Ernst & Young New Zealand and Australia.

Mr van der Burgh is both an investor in a range of businesses and an international tax, corporate finance and strategy adviser to a range of clients in the New Zealand private equity, venture capital, funds management, real estate, agriculture and dairy sectors.

He has several years’ experience building an IMF brand “A+ Puro” from the ground up with operations in New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. He has a strong network of contacts in the dairy industry in New Zealand and a deep understanding of the opportunities that exist outside New Zealand. Mr van der Burgh remains a shareholder in Pure Elite Holdings Limited and a director in PEH New Zealand Limited and Ever Health New Zealand Limited. Mr van der Burgh is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Mr van der Burgh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration Honours (first class) from Victoria University of Wellington. He is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and holds a Public Practicing Certificate. Mr van der Burgh is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


Anthony Kahn

Anthony Kahn

Independent Non- Executive Director

Mr Kahn will be appointed to the board as an independent non-executive director on Listing. Mr Kahn has been involved in finance and business for over 30 years. Previously Anthony worked for Macquarie Bank Group for 18 years, including as an executive director for 10 years. He was head of the Infrastructure Funds group for 6 years where equity under management grew from $500 million to $12 billion during that period.

Mr Kahn was MD of the ASX listed Macquarie Infrastructure Group (MIG) from 1998-2003. During that period, MIG was a top 30 ASX company. Mr Kahn was also a director of the ASX listed trusts of Transurban, Hills Motorway and Macquarie Communications. He was also a director and chairman (for a number of years) of Duncan Solutions Limited an unlisted public company from 2004 to 2016. He was also a director of Adelaide Airport during the early 2000’s.

Mr Kahn has over the past 8 years consulted to governments, councils, investment banks, large and small public companies regarding infrastructure projects and privatisations. Mr Kahn is based in Sydney.

Mr Kahn holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accountancy (both from WITS), Diploma Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.


Greg Wood

Greg Wood

CEO

Greg joined the Company from Beca Limited where he was a Senior Principal and Business Director responsible for its New Zealand and Australia dairy business. Prior to this he was a Senior Project Manager for Fonterra’s Major Capital Projects group, with previous experience with a global dairy equipment supplier in dairy materials handling.

Greg has 20 years’ experience in the dairy and technology sectors, having led diverse operational and project teams. Mr Wood has had leadership and oversight roles for Greenfield and Brownfield dairy capital projects across New Zealand and Australia. 

Greg holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.

As CEO Greg is responsible for building the Company’s internal capability, managing stakeholders and to execute the Company’s growth strategy. Greg is based in Auckland, New Zealand.


Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

CFO

Gareth joined Happy Valley Nutrition in January 2020 from Goodman Fielder (GF) New Zealand where he was Commercial Finance Manager. Gareth’s responsibilities at GF included commercial leadership of the Dairy export business to China, resulting in significant volume and profitability growth.  Prior to GF, Gareth was Financial Controller for the Fonterra New Zealand consumer brands business. Gareth has held various senior finance roles across FMCG manufacturing and investment banking both in New Zealand and Europe.

Gareth holds a Bachelor of Management Studies degree from the University of Waikato and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Gareth is based in Auckland, New Zealand.


Zach Mounsey

Zach Mounsey

GM Milk Supply

Born and raised in the heart of Ōtorohanga Zach has significant experience in agri-business strategy management, finance, economics and leadership. Zach’s role is to commercially establish HVN within the Otorohanga, Waitomo and Waipa dairy farm services community. Zach has specific responsibility for selecting and managing HVM’s farmer suppliers, overseeing farm management policies and practices, and ensuring HVN quality standards are adhered to. Zach also partly owns and 50:50 sharemilks a dairy farm in Ōtorohanga and holds leadership and representative appointments with a number of other entities throughout the primary sector.


Grant Horan

Grant Horan

Project Manager

Grant is a founding shareholder in Happy Valley Nutrition Ltd and is passionate to grow the nutritional dairy business in this region. Grant is an accomplished Executive with domestic and international experience in operations, P&L oversight, multi-channel product distribution, experienced in start-up and growth organisation and acquisitions. Grant has travelled significantly around the Asia / Pacific Region and has been a key contributor for both corporate and smaller business in the Dairy, Food and Beverage sectors.