The Board as a collective group has the skills, experience, knowledge, independence and diversity to fulfill its purpose and responsibilities. We seek to attract, recruit and retain the best people and recognise the wide-ranging benefits that diversity brings to SeaDragon.
Board of Directors
Bryan has a BSc in Bio-chemistry and was instrumental in building a solid export base for New Zealand wine. In 1998 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the wine industry and in 2008 was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.
Bryan has been a public company director since 1984 and has a wealth of experience, both in executive and board roles. He has also lent his considerable support to not-for-profit organisations such as the Starship Foundation.
Bryan joined the board in February 2019 and was elected Chair in April 2019.
Jake Silverstein is Chairman & CEO of Stormlight Holdings, the private investment firm of the Silverstein family, early cable television industry pioneers and co-owners of Swansea City AFC and Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo. Jake is a New Zealand resident and leads his family's investment activities across a wide variety of high-quality assets in the United States and New Zealand. He continues his family’s long-running legacy of fostering and supporting innovation, and holds a place on the Vision Circle of the X-Prize Foundation.
Jake entered university at age 15 and earned a BA in pure mathematics and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Mark is head of the Stewart family investment vehicle, Masthead Limited, an active corporate investor in New Zealand public and private equity markets and a cornerstone SeaDragon shareholder.
He has been a Director of four publicly-listed companies, and is currently a Director of the successful export pet nutrition business Ziwi Limited. He has more than 34 years of commercial experience, primarily building successful export companies.
Mark joined the board in November 2017.
Stuart is a director and controlling shareholder in SDMO Trustee, a major shareholder in the company.
Stuart has extensive manufacturing and general management experience in the meat, wood products and consumer goods sectors, including 11 years at multinational food group Cerebos Gregg’s.
Stuart is the General Manager of the iconic Pic’s Peanut Butter and joined the SeaDragon board in June 2015.
Colin has spent the past 25 years primarily as Director of M&A at Tetra Laval, one of the world’s largest private company and maker of the renowned Tetra Pak packaging solutions and DeLaval milk processing machinery. He has also held roles at Informix Software and US healthcare multinational Johnson & Johnson.
A chartered accountant and former English schools & colts rugby international, Mr Groves currently Chairs the Agri Group of Companies, which includes dairy consumables business, Deosan as well as Oriens Capital and Waikato Rugby.
He also sits on various other boards including Sprout Agri-Tech, Cornish Pirates Rugby (UK), Truro City FC (UK), Penzance & Newlyn Rugby (UK) and is an independent director of Bay Venues.
Colin joined the SeaDragon board as the Chairman in June 2015.
Mark Sadd brings more than 25 years’ financial and commercial experience and 10 years’ governance experience with a particular focus on business turnarounds, profit optimisation, business development and strategic acquisitions to the Board of Seadragon.
Mark Sadd joined Comvita (NZX:CVT) in December 2013 as their Chief Financial Officer for three years and then Chief Commercial Officer holding a number of governance roles within the Comvita group and acting in the capacity of Deputy CEO up until May 2019. Mark is now engaged with a number of local companies providing advisory support.
Mark joined the board as an alternate Director in November 2015 before being formally elected by the shareholders in November 2017.
Jeremy Curnock Cook
Jeremy is the Founder and Managing Director of BioScience Managers. Over his career, Jeremy has successfully managed in excess of US$1billion in equity investments. He launched the first dedicated biotechnology fund for the Australian market and is a former head of the life science private equity team at Rothschild Asset Management, an early pioneer and significant investor in the sector. In his early career he founded the International Biochemicals Group which he successfully sold to Royal Dutch Shell.
He has served on more than 40 boards of directors in the life science sector, in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Jeremy received his MA in Natural Sciences from Trinity College in Dublin and was a research scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research from 1972 to 1973.
Jeremy joined the board as an alternate Director in October 2012.
Craig is a nutrition innovator with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to improving nutrition, health and wellness. He is currently Professor of Dietetics & Human Nutrition at La Trobe University, Melbourne and previously was the Chief Innovation Officer for Clover Corporation resulting in the launch of many novel nutritional ingredients sold globally. He is Non-executive Director of Limos Therapeutics Pty Ltd and Founder/CEO of Vernx Biotechnology Pty Ltd.
His research and commercialisation expertise is in the area of omega-3 fatty acids and branched chain fatty acids for improving neurological and gut health outcomes. Craig has a PhD in biomedical science and a MBA. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a qualified dietitian/nutritionist.
Craig joined the board in October 2019.
Dr Nevin Amos
Chief Executive Officer
Nevin Amos was formerly the Chief Executive for a Taupo based startup and has held senior roles at Comvita, Kiwifruit exporter Zespri and has sat on various boards, including the board of Natural Products New Zealand. Nevin spent three years based in Asia leading the teams in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong for Comvita. This gives Nevin an awareness of SeaDragon’s target markets and an in-depth understanding of supply chain systems and processes. Nevin has a PhD (Bioprocess Engineering) from Massey University and has attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Singapore. He is also a recipient of a New Zealand Prime Minister’s business scholarship.
Supply Chain Manager
With a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University and 7 years military service Scott brings to SeaDragon experience and knowledge in investigating and assessing technical situations, supply chain requirements and liaising with key personnel to deliver solutions.
As an Armourer in our NZ Defense Force and then Security Manager for the UN Scott has both held leadership and training roles in high threat security operations. Prior to his role as Supply Manager at SeaDragon Scott was Production Manager at a Taupo based start-up.
Chief Financial Officer
Robyn has a strong senior financial background with both corporate and government organisations in many roles including a number as CFO for mid-sized organisations. She is a qualified CA, detail-oriented, efficient and organised professional with extensive experience in Financial Governance, Commercial Management, Forecasting and Budgeting. She possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to make well thought out decisions.
Michele joins SeaDragon with over 18 years of technical experience in our industry within the Nestle group of companies, having worked in both production and project research roles across Europe in teams that have focused on the efficient and innovative processing of fish oils. Michele holds a Biological Sciences Degree from the University of Insubria in Italy and after early experience in laboratory and production related roles, has spent over 13 years working within Nestle initially at their refinery where he was production manager, then as a technical specialist in Germany and Switzerland. Michele relocated to Nelson with his partner in early 2019 to lead the SeaDragon refinery team as Operations Manager.
Sales and Marketing Manager
Mike holds a Master of Commerce degree and has extensive experience in the FMCG sector including bluechip New Zealand companies Fonterra and DB Breweries/Heineken. Mike brings a strong understanding of consumer drivers to the SeaDragon business and a focus on new product development that delivers the goodness of Omega 3's in formats that meet the needs of our customers and their consumers.