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.

Brian Scutt, Chief Operations Officer


Brian has worked in senior commercial and operational roles in the human and animal nutrition & health markets for over twenty years. He has worked in Australia and extensively throughout the entire Asia Pacific region in both large European multinational companies and smaller privately owned entities. Brian has experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing and acquisition integrations, and most recently he has held a COO role in multinational chemical distribution. Brian enjoys working with people and being part of successful teams.

Renee Waters, General Manager – People


Renee is a HR Leader with 20 years’ experience having worked in senior roles in a variety of industries including Agriculture, Animal Health and manufacturing. With a focus on building partnerships with senior leaders, Renee brings experience in business integration, culture change, strategic planning, talent management and leadership development within the animal health industry to her people management role at Apiam Animal Health.

Matt Gallagher, General Counsel


Matt is an experienced science-trained legal and compliance advisor with business and corporate involvement in life sciences, manufacturing and agribusiness globally. He has worked in Australia and Asia and held legal, global management and development positions in publicly listed multinational companies. Matt has most recently held a senior legal management role for an ASX 200 company.

Matt is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, a member of the Law Institute Victoria and is also a Notary Public.