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
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.
Jake Silverstein is Chairman & CEO of Stormlight Holdings, the private investment firm of the Silverstein family, early cable television industry pioneers. Mr. Silverstein is a New Zealand resident and leads his family's investment activities in a wide variety of high-quality global assets across sectors including sports, real estate, and technology. Jake is co-owner of Swansea City AFC (English Football League), DC United (Major League Soccer), and the Brisbane Bullets (National Basketball League). 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 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.
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.
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.
Dr Craig Patch
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.
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.
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 BPI / 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.