Management team

Dr Chris Richards, Managing Director


Dr Chris Richards is the Managing Director of Apiam Animal Health Ltd, as well as the subsidiary entities that were previously known as the Chris Richards Group of Companies.

Chris founded Chris Richards & Associates in 1998 as a pig specific veterinary clinic based in Bendigo, Victoria, servicing clients throughout Australia. Chris has been responsible for the strategic direction of the Group, which has seen the development, acquisition and/or integration of other production animal veterinary clinics, veterinary wholesale, logistics and genetics services businesses over the last 18 years. Chris is an Australian Pork Limited Delegate, is a member of APL’s Biosecurity Strategic Review Panel and is a member of the Pork CRC Research and Development Committee.

Matthew White, Chief Financial Officer


Matthew has worked in the animal health industry for 15 years, having held finance roles both in Australia and internationally with MSD, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, including as Finance Director for Australia. Matthew was involved in the acquisition of Intervet by Schering-Plough and then the acquisition of Schering-Plough by MSD, so has experience in large scale integrations in the animal health industry.

Matthew is a certified practising accountant.

Julie Tippett, Chief Operating Officer – Integration and Adoption

BComm, MBA

Julie has a background in insolvency and corporate accounting. Julie joined the Chris Richards Group in 2004 as the financial controller and has assisted with the development of all Chris Richards Group corporate and business operations. Julie has extensive experience in integration, having managed the integration of all companies that have been brought into the Group over the last 11 years.

Nigel Hebart, General Manager – Business Development and Acquisitions

Nigel was previously the Business Unit Director – Livestock at Zoetis. Nigel has 33 years experience in sales management and an extensive knowledge of the animal health industry, particularly in dairy, having also held the role of Business Unit Director – Intensive Ruminants at Zoetis.

Dr Corne Loots, General Manager – Veterinary Services Manager


Dr Corne Loots, Veterinary Services Manager, has extensive experience both in production animals and companion animals in Australia and internationally. Corne has held roles as a technical veterinarian, in sales and marketing management and in strategy for a number of global animal health companies.

Rob Dawes, General Manager – Integrated Supply


Rob has extensive experience in the animal health industry having held senior procurement and supply chain positions for two of the country’s largest corporate rural distribution and retail networks.  Rob came from Bayer Animal Health where he held the position of Market Development Manager.  He has 28 years in the animal health industry, and brings significant experience in strategy and market development.

Kate Hitchins, General Manager – People and Culture

BA, GradDipEd, PGradMgt, CAHRI

Kate is a highly experience Human Resources executive having had responsibility for managing all stages of the employee lifecycle and building compliance frameworks and processes to support staff recruitment, on-boarding, training and development, remuneration, performance management, industrial relations, workforce planning and WHS.  Kate has held senior HR roles across the Not for Profit, Government and the Mining industry sector.