BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet our Board
Professor Andrew Vizard
BVCs (Hons), MVPM, FAICD
Professor Vizard is a Principal Fellow at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne and previously Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Director of The Mackinnon Project, a recognised leader in sheep and beef veterinary consultancy.
An experienced company director, he has previously held directorships in ASX companies, statutory bodies and research organisations including Animal Health Australia, the body responsible for coordinating Australia’s animal health system; Primesafe, the statutory authority responsible for regulating the production of safe meat in Victoria; and the Australian Wool Corporation.
He is currently Chair of the Vizard Foundation and Executive Secretary for the Hermon Slade Foundation and the Australia & Pacific Science Foundation.
Dr Chris Richards
Dr Chris Richards is the Managing Director of ASX listed Apiam Animal Health Ltd, as well as the Australian subsidiary entities and joint venture companies, which provide veterinary services to Australian regional and rural communities.
Chris is also a Director of registered charity, Fur Life Foundation Ltd, which raises funds to support people in rural, regional, and remote communities
Chris is also a Director of Apiam Solutions LLC, a JV company based in the USA that provides product solutions to the Northern American production animal industries.
Chris is responsible for the strategic direction of Apiam, which has seen the develop, grow, acquire and integrate production and companion animal veterinary clinics, veterinary wholesale, logistics, laboratory and genetics services businesses since 1998 into the Apiam of today. Chris is a member of Australian Pork Limited’s Biosecurity Strategic Review Panel and ASF Advisory Group.
Michael van Blommestein
Michael was a Vice President and Country Manager of Australia and New Zealand for Zoetis and managed the spin-off of Zoetis from Pfizer Australia.
Michael is an experienced director in the animal health sector. He presided over Animal Medicines Australia, the peak industry body for five years and was a member of the board for nearly a decade. Michael played an integral role in leading and overseeing the transition of Animal Health Alliance into Animal Medicines Australia and has also served on the board of the Animal Health Association Japan.
Michael holds a First Class Diploma in Agricultural Science from Gwebi Agricultural College (Rhodesia), a Certificate in Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney and has completed a Strategic Management Residential Program at Harvard University.
Richard John Dennis
Rick had 35 years with Ernst & Young and was the Managing Partner of EY’s Queensland practice on two occasions from 2001-2007 and from 2014-2015. Rick also held a number of executive management roles at EY, including the roles of Deputy COO and CFO for the Asia-Pacific practice where he was responsible for overseeing the financial and operational integration of EY’s Australian and Asian member firms.
Rick is a member of Australian Super’s Queensland Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Boards of EWM Group and HLB Chessboard, and an external member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Racing Queensland. He is also a non-executive director of Open Minds and ASX-listed Motorcycle Holdings Limited and ASX-listed Cettire Limited.
Dr Jan Tennent
PhD, BSc (Hons), GCertMgt, FTSE, FASM GAICD
Jan is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Society of Microbiology and a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
She is an internationally recognised researcher with specialist knowledge of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and the discovery and commercialisation of vaccines. Jan has held senior roles at CSIRO, CSL, and Pfizer Animal Health where she was the Director of Business Development and Global Alliances in the APAC region. Her most recent executive management role was CEO of Biomedical Research Victoria (2012–2019).
Jan is also a non-executive director of AusBiotech Limited, eviDent Foundation Limited, Agriculture Victoria Services, and Phytogene.