Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Team consists of a talented group of men and women with a wealth of industry and management experience.

Meet the people creating, developing, driving, and implementing our short- and long-term strategy.

Wayne McNee


Wayne leads the implementation of our strategy (as developed and agreed with the Board).

Education

Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Otago. 


Leadership and strategy courses at Insead Business School, Stanford University, Oxford University, and Mt Eliza Business School.

About Wayne

Before joining us in 2013, Wayne was Director-General for the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

In 2011, he led the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand Food Safety Authority and Ministry of Fisheries into MPI. 

Prior to that, Wayne was the Chief Executive of Pharmac.

David Chin

David leads our operations and service team which is made up of core production laboratories, farming operations and the field teams (artificial breeding technicians, herd testing, Wagyu programme, FarmWise and field assists) who deliver our products on farm.

Education

Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Hons), University of Otago.

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons), University of Otago.

Leadership and management classes at Stanford University and Melbourne University’s Mt Eliza Business School.

About David

David has been with us since 2007 and has held several leadership roles over that time. 

Before arriving at LIC, David was Brand and Communications Manager at Kiwibank and Deputy Director/Business Manager at City Gallery Wellington. He’s also worked in various marketing and consulting roles at New Zealand Post.


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David is responsible for our business performance, finance, risk management, secretariat, legal, transformation office and strategic procurement teams.

Education

Bachelor of Management Studies – majoring in Accounting and Finance – Waikato University

About David

David joined us in February 2019 as CFO.  David has a strong background in the primary industries along with extensive CFO experience. Most recently, David was CFO at Zespri and has also worked for New Zealand Steel and Fonterra.

Geoff Corbett


Geoff leads our subsidiary business LIC Automation and is responsible for implementing its strategy. 

Education

Masters degree in Molecular Biology, University of Canterbury.

About Geoff

Geoff joined us in 2001 to lead the set-up of our GeneMark business.  He then took a role with a biotech start-up, focused on international business development, before returning to LIC in 2008 as Diagnostics Manager (herd testing, animal health and GeneMark).  In 2014 Geoff took on the role of GM Biological Systems (Genetics, Diagnostics, Herd Testing). 

Geoff has a strong background in biology, sales and marketing and business development. 

Simon O'Connor


Simon is responsible for business development and our involvement in international businesses and markets. 

Education

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University.

Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University.

About Simon

Simon joined us in 2014 and has a background in law and finance. He’s been involved in the agricultural/dairy industry since 1999 when he started at the Dairy Board. 

Simon has held various senior roles at Fonterra including business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Andrea will join LIC in January 2020.


Malcolm Ellis


Malcolm is responsible for ensuring our products and services are solution-focused in a way that is relevant to farmers, now and for the future. Malcolm's team owns the relationship with farmers and includes Agri Managers, Marketing & Products, the Customer Experience Centre and Livestock Selection. 

Education

Diploma in Agriculture (Distinction), Massey University.

About Malcolm

Malcolm is a fourth generation dairy farmer. He joined us in 2011 as a bull acquisition manager, leading the Jersey and SGL breeding programmes.

Malcolm has a real passion for people, farm system profitability and the value of genetic gain.  

Richard Spelman

Richard leads our research and development team and is responsible for the direction and scope of our R&D programmes to ensure we continue to add more value to our customers and the dairy industry.  

Education

PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Masters of Agricultural Science (Hons), Massey University.

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Massey University.

About Richard

Richard joined us in 1991 as a livestock selection analyst before undertaking further study. He returned in 1998 after completing his studies at Massey and Wageningen Universities. 

In 2015, Richard won a Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship. He used this to attend the prestigious THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver.

Roz Urbahn


Roz leads our People and Performance Group which builds and sustains a high performing and engaged workforce.

Education

Diploma for Graduates in Marketing, University of Otago.

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Otago. 

Accredited Professional Member of HRINZ.

About Roz

Prior to Roz’s appointment as CPO in August 2017, she worked at Fletcher Building for two years in a variety of senior human resource leadership roles. She has held human resource positions at blue chip organisations such as Vodafone, Foxtel, Frucor Beverages, Hudson Global Resources, and Lion.