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

Responsibilities

Leads implementation of LIC’s 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. 

Before his role in the merger, Wayne was the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry.

Andrew Fear

Responsibilities

Herd Testing delivery, Artificial breeding (AB) delivery, Bull and Dairy farms, Field Assist Service and Health & Safety.

Education  

Bachelor of Management Studies (Marketing and Human Resource), University of Waikato.

About Andrew

Andrew joined us in 2000 as a Business Development Manager. In 2004 he became National Herd Test Manager and in 2007 General Manager Field Operations.

Before arriving at LIC, Andrew spent 10 years with Lion Nathan. While there he gained management experience in retail, sales, trade marketing, marketing and demand management.

David ChinResponsibilities

Bull acquisition, diagnostics, animal health, genetics and herd testing.

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. Prior to being appointed CTO, he’d held several leadership roles in LIC such as Sales Innovation Manager, Lead Key Accounts Manager and Corporate Marketing Manager. 

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.

Linda Cooper

Responsibilities

Business Performance, Finance, Risk Management, Secretariat and Strategic Procurement. 

Education

Working with Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons), University of Waikato.

Member NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.

About Linda

Linda joined us in 2010. She has experience as a CFO in international and national operations in distribution and manufacturing, with a focus on strategic and financial planning.

She’s held a variety of management and leadership roles. These include 12 years as CFO for Fisher & Paykel Appliances USA and Assistant General Manager at Cellnet Mobile Services Ltd.

Geoff Corbett

Responsibilities

Executive leadership of Global Sales & Marketing, Operations and Service, Product Development and Technology Strategy for LIC Automation.   

Education

Masters degree in Molecular Biology, University of Canterbury.

About Geoff

Geoff joined LIC in 2001 to lead the set-up of GeneMark.  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

Responsibilities

Business Development, Commercialisation and Industry Relations, Continuous Improvement, FarmWise, Heifer Production, International Support, International businesses and markets.

Education

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University.

Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University.

About Simon

Simon 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.

Paul Littlefair

Responsibilities

Leads the Technology function responsible for managing, improving and transforming internal LIC systems as well as farmer products such as MINDA.

Education

Bachelor of Science (Hons), Plymouth University, UK

Master of Business Administration, Auckland University, NZ

About Paul

Paul joined us in 2015 and is an experienced technology executive. 

Originally from the UK, he has a background in training, consultancy and software development. He moved to NZ in the late 90s and was initially involved in re-platforming internet banking systems. 

In 2008, he secured his first executive role as CIO of Colonial National Bank and Colonial Life and Health Insurance.

Malcolm Ellis

Responsibilities

Leads the sales and marketing of our extensive range of products and services. 

Education

Diploma in Agriculture (Distinction), Massey University.

About Malcolm

Malcolm is a fourth generation dairy farmer. He joined us in 2011 to lead the Jersey and SGL Breeding Programmes. After five successful years in that role he became GM NZ Markets.

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

He brings a real farmer-centric perspective to LIC. 

Richard SpelmanResponsibilities

Direction and scope for quantitative genetics and learning systems research.

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 more than 20 years ago as a Livestock Selection analyst before undertaking further study. He returned in 1998 after completing his studies at Massey and Wageningen Universities. Since then he's focussed on leading the research and application of genomic selection in the New Zealand dairy population.

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

Roz Urbahn

Responsibilities

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, 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.

Roz brings strong leadership, extensive people management and broad commercial experience to LIC.

Responsibilities

Leads LIC’s Transformation and oversees the implementation of a range of initiatives that are building a more sustainable and financially robust co-operative.

Education

Bachelor of Applied Science, Massey University.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (advanced).

About Renae

Renae joined LIC in 2000 as part of the research team working on the landmark “Friesian-Jersey Crossbred Research Trial”.  She progressed through the Research & Development ranks taking roles such as Biotechnology and Health Programme Manager and New Product Development Programme Manager.  During this time Renae took a two-year sabbatical in the UK as a project manager and consultant working with large corporates such as The Royal Bank of Scotland.  

In 2016 Renae was seconded into the LIC Transformation Team as an Analyst.  In 2017 Renaetook the role of Enterprise Performance Manager, as 2IC to the Chief Transformation Officer.  Renae has a strong background in programme management, new product development, and animal science.