OUR People

The Board as a collective group has the skills, knowledge, independence and diversity of experience to fulfil its purpose and responsibilities. SeaDragon is proud of its ability to attract, recruit and retain the best people to make 'The World's Best Brain Food'.

Board of Directors

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Bryan Mogridge

Executive Chairman

Bryan has a BSc in Biochemistry 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, was elected Chair in April 2019, and became Executive Chairman in April 2021.

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Jake Silverstein

Non-executive director

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 Stewart

Mark Stewart

Non-Executive Director

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 Macintosh

Stuart Macintosh

Non-Executive Director

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 Groves

Colin Groves

Independent Director

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

Mark Sadd

Non-Executive Director

Mark Sadd has more than 25 years financial and commercial experience, along with 12 years Governance experience.

From 2013-2018 Mark was engaged by NZX Listed Comvita Limited as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that Mark worked with and successfully ran a number of mid-sized businesses. Currently Mark consults to Masthead Limited as a commercial and investment adviser.

Mark brings to the table considerable experience in business turnarounds, profit optimisation, business development and strategic acquisitions.

Mark joined the Board as an Alternate Director in 2015 and was subsequently formally elected by the Shareholders in November 2017. Mark currently Chairs the Audit Committee for SeaDragon.

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Jeremy Curnock Cook

Non-Executive Director

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.

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Dr Craig Patch

Independent Director

Craig is a nutrition innovator with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to improving nutrition, health and wellness. He is currently CEO of Vernx Biotechnology and Adjunct 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 Neurosports Labs and Executive Director of 5iv.

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, MBA and BAppl Science. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

Craig joined the board in October 2019.

Executive Team

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Dr Nevin Amos

Chief Operating 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.

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Scott Christensen

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.

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Andy Ellis

Chief Financial Officer 

Andy is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of senior financial and commercial experience. Andy worked in London for 10 years as Finance Director of the British Phonographic Industry and Brit Awards Limited. He moved to Dubai in 2007 and was Chief Financial Officer of Arab Media Group until 2017. After relocating to New Zealand to be closer to family, he spent 3 years working as Commercial Portfolio Manager for Tasman District Council. Andy has a degree in economics from the University of Leeds and brings strong financial leadership experience to SeaDragon.

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Michele Marazzato

Technical Manager

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.

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Mike Rutledge

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 growing needs of our customers and their consumers for 'The World's Best Brain Food'.