Executive Leadership Team

Toni Brendish 

Chief Executive Officer 

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Toni joined Westland as Chief Executive in 2016, having spent a large part of her career within the Danone Group as Managing Director of Nutricia Australia and New Zealand; Managing Director of Danone Dumex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd; and Managing Director of the Danone dairy business of Indonesia.

Drawing from her extensive experience within the food and beverage industry and, more specifically, within dairy company roles, Toni has focused her team’s efforts on ensuring Westland is operating in the most efficient manner across all product ranges. Coupled with identifying that the company’s key opportunities lay in leveraging its heritage and location, by offering differentiated products that add value to the shareholder base, this strategy will lay the foundations for Westland’s future success.

Toni divides her time between Westland’s Hokitika and Christchurch bases. She is married to Mark Baker, the South East Asia Photo Editor for Associated Press, and together they have two children.

Mark Lockington

General Manager Environment & Milk Supply

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Mark joined Westland Milk Products in 2002 as Financial Controller, before becoming Company Secretary in 2008. Prior to joining Westland, Mark worked in various financial, accounting, administration and management positions throughout New Zealand and Australia in the agricultural, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Caro Findlay

General Manager People & Capability

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Caro joined Westland in 2015 after previously working in Human Resources at the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards. She has previously worked at Parliament in a communications role, and for Immigration New Zealand in London.

Jeff Goodwin

Chief Commercial Officer

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Jeff was appointed General Manager Sales in November 2017, following his role of Vice-President, Global Operations, for James Farrell & Co. Jeff has a proven ability to grow sales, develop new markets and establish key business relationships, with an extensive success record in South East Asia, Japan, China and the United States.

Hamish Yates

General Manager Marketing, Retail and Foodservice Sales 

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Hamish has been working for Westland in this role since 2017. Hamish has more than 15 years’ marketing and sales management experience, largely in FMCG. Hamish is responsible for Westland’s retail and foodservice channels, market and product development, marketing and brand management.

Ross Burdett

General Manager Manufacturing

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Ross Joined Westland as Hokitika Site Manager in January 2018 and was promoted to GM Manufacturing in October 2019. He is responsible for all manufacturing activities at Westland’s Hokitika and Rolleston sites, plus overseeing capital projects and operational excellence, driving  structured sustainable improvement across these areas. Previously he worked in production management roles for Fonterra in the Waikato region of New Zealand and Kraft Heinz Watties in Hawkes Bay. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ross has lived in New Zealand since 2015.

Annette Gane

General Manager Quality and Innovation

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Annette has been with Westland since September 2017 as GM Quality. Initially the role reported to the Chief Operations Officer but in October 2019 the role was promoted to Westland’s Executive Leadership Team, and Annette now reports directly to the Chief Executive. She has 28 years’ experience in the dairy industry, with a background in a wide range of operational and technical areas including nutritionals, cheese, new product development (NPD), plant capability, technical, quality and laboratory management. 

Prior to joining Westland, Annette worked as a private consultant and had previous roles in Tatua, Fonterra, SIDCO and the government sector.

Kevin Wang

General Manager Supply Chain

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Kevin has been working for Westland in this role since October 2019. He is responsible for all of the supply chain management and operations. Prior to his GM appointment, Kevin was the Supply Chain Manager at Oceania Dairy. He has also worked in few iconic New Zealand food companies with over 14 years’ experience in supply chain operation, S&OP, procurement, warehousing and logistics. Kevin holds a Supply chain management Degree from Waikato University and Master’s Degree at AUT.

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