Board of Directors

Professor Andrew Vizard, Chairman


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, at that University.

Professor Vizard is an experienced company director and is currently a non-executive Director of Ridley Corporation, a trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust, Chair of the Hermon Slade Research Committee and Chair of The Vizard Foundation.

His previous board experience includes directorships of 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, the body responsible for managing research and marketing of Australian wool.

For ten years Professor Vizard also managed Roxby Park, his family’s 3300 acre farm situated near Geelong.

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.

Michael van Blommestein, Non-executive Director


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 is a current non-executive director of the Sheep Cooperative Research Centre (Sheep CRC Limited).

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


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 currently a non-executive director of Gold Coast Primary Health Network and Vesta Community Living Ltd; a member of Australian Super’s Queensland Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board to EWM Group.

Professor Jan Tennent, Non-executive Director


 Jan has extensive experience and is an internationally-recognised specialist in technical knowledge of antibiotic resistance mechanisms and the discovery and commercialisation of vaccines (biologicals) to prevent infectious diseases through stimulation of protective immune responses. Jan has a proven track record of contribution, accountability and accomplishment in the governance and management of highly matrixed organisations including Biomedical Research Victoria, Pfizer Animal Health, CSL Animal Health and CSIRO Animal Health. 

She is currently the CEO of Bio21 Australia Limited (t/a Biomedical Research Victoria) and serves as a non-executive director of AusBiotech Limited and David J. Curnow Pty Ltd and is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Monash University. Jan is also the founder and principal of ConnectBio consultancy.