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 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.

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.