Board of Directors

Professor Andrew Vizard, Chairman

BVSc(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 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. In the previous four years, Professor Vizard was a non-executive director of the Ridley Corporation Limited.

Dr Chris Richards, Managing Director

BSc, BVSc, MAICD

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.

Michael van Blommestein, Non-executive Director

GAICD

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 also acts as a consultant to IRP Health, a company focused on alternate solutions to antibiotic usage in production, companion animal and humans.

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, Non-executive Director

BComm, LLB, CA, MAICD

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 Board 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

Professor Jan Tennent, Non-executive Director

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, a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Collaborative Professor of the University of Osaka (2017–2020). 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.

For the past eight years, Jan has been the CEO of BIO 21 Australia / Biomedical Research Victoria. She is also non-executive director of AusBiotech Limited and the eviDent Foundation Limited, and the founder of ConnectBio Consultancy.