Mark comes to Phytomed with a very strong track record of success in the senior leadership of some of ANZ’s large FMCG organisations. He is a fabulous addition to the team. Mark began his career at Colgate-Palmolive in Petone before moving overseas with them. He eventually joined Cadbury in Auckland and over 15 years moved through a number of strategic/marketing/GM roles before becoming Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand. More recently, he led Frucor NZ, one of NZ’s ‘Best Employers’.
Mark is very excited to be part of the Phytomed team; cementing Phytomed’s first 20 years, he is focused and enthusiastic about getting the organisation ready for the next 20!
Phil is an experienced Medical Herbalist with a busy clinic in Auckland where he has practiced since 1995. Before pursuing herbal medicine he worked for more than ten years as a pharmacist, and undertook research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin for a Masters degree in Pharmacology. He is a regular lecturer at several naturopathic and herbal colleges, presented at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and written extensively on herbal subjects for both practitioner and consumer publications, for many years. Phil is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Auckland, and was Deputy Chair of the Interim Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary & Alternative Medicines (IEACCAM), established by the Australian and New Zealand governments between 2006 and 2008.
Phil founded Phytomed Medicinal Herbs Ltd in 1998 to produce high quality, NZ-made herbal medicines for health practitioners, and in 2000 the Kiwiherb brand was launched as the retail offering of Phytomed Medicinal Herbs. As well as providing leadership & governance in the business, Phil is passionate about research and heads the New Product Development team, creating premium formulations based on traditional evidence validated by good science.
Earl joined the Phytomed team in June 2017. Earl has extensive experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Wholesale and Retail businesses. He has joined the Phytomed team to support the business through the next exciting stages and into the future. Earl has a Business Management degree from the University of Waikato.
Earl has a young family with 3 sons which keeps him busy. Born and bred in rural Waikato, he naturally brings the rural NZ can do attitude
Kevin E Lin
Production Operations Manager
Kevin graduated in 1982 from School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Medical University (Pharmacy College of Fudan University) and was then employed as a Pharmaceutical Engineer at Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Industrial Research Institute. His work in the Institute focused on pharmaceutical technology and preparation research, and he was appointed as the General Manager of the Institute pharmaceutical manufactory for pretesting and production of different prescriptions developed by the Institute.
Kevin immigrated in New Zealand in 1995 and joined Phytomed in 1998 as the first employee of the company. He has been instrumental in the development of many of the Kiwiherb products and plays an integral part in the day-to-day operation of the business. In his current position he is in charge of the manufactory production of various Phytomed and Kiwiherb products, and is responsible for Research & Development activities associated with new product development.
Regulatory Affairs Manager
Trish is a highly experienced Pharmacist who joined Phytomed in 2002 after both hospital and industry experience, as the company’s first Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring that all manufacturing processes were performed to the required high quality. She lead the company to attain its first MedSafe Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Good Manufacturing Practice Licence in 2007. Trish left the business to manage and develop the Oncology Pharmacy Department at the Auckland City Hospital Department of Pharmacy. She returned to Phytomed in 2016 as the company’s first Regulatory Affairs Manager. In her current role she is responsible for regulatory activities in both domestic and export markets.
Trish has NZ qualifications in pharmacy, herbal medicine and quality assurance.
Natalie joined Phytomed in May 2017 in a role which can vary from sourcing and purchasing herbs and packaging, to planning production and the coordination of our imports and exports. After working in histology laboratories both in NZ and the UK, Natalie returned to NZ in 2006 where she worked in procurement, supplier management and packaging coordination roles in the beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Natalie has qualifications in Medical Laboratory Science and Packaging Technology.
When Natalie’s not at work she enjoys ocean swimming, photography and travelling.
Claire is passionate about sustainability, organics and good health. That passion, combined with her background in consumer brand marketing, advertising and sponsorship, led her to Phytomed in 2018 to look after marketing. Claire has spent a good part of her career working off-shore and is passionate about taking high-quality New Zealand made products and brands to the world.
When not marketing, Claire enjoys time with the family, snow-boarding, veggie-gardening and reading.
Territory Manager, West and North Auckland and Upper North Island
Nerena graduated from the University of Auckland in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, and then followed her studies with Medical Herbalism and Naturopathic qualifications, in 1996. Since graduating, Nerena worked for 6 years as a Technical Consultant and Sales Representative for a highly respected Australasian supplement company. This enabled her to build wonderful relationships with practitioners and stores around New Zealand. She has also worked as a medical herbalist and naturopath in a clinic, giving her 20 years of experience with people and various conditions.
Sherri has always had a fascination & love of plants & has used herbs for family health for many years. While raising her two sons, she commenced home studies in herbal medicine & ran a small business creating herbal crafts, eventually moving into nutritional/natural health. She worked in this industry for 8years before graduating as a Medical Herbalist in early 2011.
Sherri has experience in health store, pharmacy, herbal dispensary, her own clinic & for the last 6yrs as a territory manager for a well respected integrative medicine company. Sherri lives in the sunny Bay of Plenty, where she enjoys the beach & nearby native bush. She loves to read, cook, listen to music & is a keen gardener.
Sherri is proud to be a member of the team at Phytomed & Kiwiherb & excited about the future of herbal medicine in NZ. She looks forward to supporting stores & practitioners using Phytomed’s wonderful, ethical products in her region.
Australian Country & Territory Manager
Kelly joined Phytomed in July 2015 coming from a background of sales and training in the healthcare industry in Sydney, Australia. She is dedicated to providing a high level of support to retailers including training and education of the Phytomed/Kiwiherb products.
As a mother of 2 teenagers she has a keen interest in providing best health practice for her family and feels that consumers are embracing this philosophy worldwide. Kelly is delighted to join the team in Australia to continue the hard work that has been done there to establish the Kiwiherb brand
Cindy started her career as a community pharmacist and later progressed into the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Over the past six years she began specialising in production management and joined Phytomed in 2018 as the Production Manager. Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Auckland in 2009 and is a New Zealand Registered Pharmacist. Outside of work, Cindy is a keen baker and cook, she’s also a foodie who enjoys trying out different cuisines with her family and friends.
Territory Manager – Northland, Auckland South, Central, East
Jules graduated in 2003 with a degree in Health Science and a Diploma in Herbal Medicine from South Pacific College.
Over the last 15 years, Jules’ areas of work included working in health shops in Byron bay and Gold Coast. Working as a Territory Manager for Fitness Products QLD, and as a support worker at the Gold Coast drug council, helping young adults overcome addiction.
On returning to New Zealand, Jules worked with children, and is passionate about their health and well-being. Jules brings that passion in representing Phytomed and Kiwiherb.Anne KilfordQuality Assurance Manager
Anne joined Phytomed in May 2016. Anne has previous experience in various QC and QA roles in the dairy industry and more recently Production Management in pharmaceutical manufacturing. She holds qualifications in Food Science, Quality Assurance and Business Administration.
Outside of work Anne enjoys the great outdoors, gardening, travel and spending time with friends and family.Suzy WalshCustomer Service and Technical Officer
Outside of work Suzy enjoys spending time in nature and practising yoga and Reiki. Suzy is originally from the UK and came to Auckland in 2015 to study a degree in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. Previously she worked in the financial services industry and chose to leave this lifestyle to follow her passion of helping people to improve their health. Suzy joined Phytomed in January 2018 after completing her studies.