The Team

Our team is multicultural, multilingual, well educated, solutions orientated, primary industry focused and cross trained.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Anne-Marie Arts
MBA, Dip. Bus. (Marketing), B. Hort.Sc., NZCQA
Managing Director
Anne-Marie was a founding director of the business in 2000 and her professional interests revolve around post-harvest management systems and quality management of fresh food, particularly fresh produce. Anne-Marie is the New Zealand representative on the Food Safety Committee of the International Federation for Produce Standards. She is also a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Massimo (Max) Ciccioni
M.Hort.Sc.
Director, IVA & Survey
Massimo is responsible for the IVA & Survey part of the business. This involves fresh produce import and export inspections, managing mystery shopping programmes commissioned by clients looking for objective data on how their products fare once they reach the retail shelves and co-ordinating the residue sampling programmes run on behalf of regulators and industry participants.

Dr Hans Maurer
DBA, Dip. Bus (Marketing), B. Hort., MRSNZ, CMInstD
Director, Strategy & Research
Hans was a founding director of the business in 2000. His focus is business leadership and providing strategic advice to key clients. Hans’ professional interests revolve around all strategic value chain aspects of international agribusiness, particularly in the marketing challenges related to fruits and vegetables. Hans is an Executive Committee member of United Fresh Incorporated, a trustee of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust and the New Zealand director on the Board of the International Federation for Produce Standards. Hans is also a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Institute of Directors and the International Management Centres Association.

PROJECTS TEAM

Melanie Trotman
M.Sc.
Projects Manager
Melanie manages all project delivery activity for the business and works with all section managers in achieving the outcomes we have contracted with our clients. This includes management of our Quality Management Systems and ensuring that we meet all accreditation requirements and Health and Safety compliance. Melanie manages the Project Officer team and ensures all projects are implemented effectively and efficiently.

Jacob Lawes
BNatSci.
Senior Project Officer
As our Senior Project Officer, Jacob works in a project support and implementation role, providing research and technical support for our United Fresh work and our Samoan Cocoa Project, among other projects.

Tiago Inacio
BSc. (Zoology)
Project Officer
As our Project Officer, Tiago’s role involves supporting our client projects with technical assistance, research and assisting in project delivery.

BIOSECURITY TEAM

Anne-Marie Arts, our Managing Director, is responsible for our Biosecurity portfolio.
Please contact us with any queries.

FOOD SAFETY TEAM

Anne-Marie Arts, our Managing Director, is responsible for our Food Safety portfolio.
Please contact us with any queries.

SURVEY & IVA TEAM

Melissa Zainey
B.Sc. (Biology & Chemistry)
Assistant Technical Manager
Melissa is based in Christchurch and worked as an industrial Health & Safety Trainer focussing on hazardous substances for 2 years prior to joining The AgriChain Centre. Melissa is the initial contact for all our South Island clients.  She works as part of both our Biosecurity and Survey Teams and calls on the resources of the entire company to meet the needs of our South Island clientele.

Aneetta Baby
B.Sc. (Microbiology), PG. Dip. Applied Science
Services Supervisor
Aneetta oversees and coordinates the IVA and Survey team’s day to day operations to meet client requirements. Aneetta’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets. She is also involved in sampling and mystery shopping projects that the organisation undertakes for commercial and regulatory clients.

Alex Swann
FdSc. (Horticulture)
Team Leader, IVA & Survey
Alex’s role involves the assessing and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets and crop scouting activities. In addition, he is also our Nursery Advisor for the Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative providing technical knowledge, skills and support to our in-country stakeholders.

Hank Lin
B.Sc. (Food Science)
IVA & Survey Assessor
Hank’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets. He is also involved in sampling and mystery shopping projects that the organisation undertakes for commercial and regulatory clients.

Anthony Lim
B.Sc., PGDipSci. (Biosecurity & Conservation)
Fresh Produce Inspector
Anthony’s role involves the assessment and monitoring of fresh fruits and vegetables at client premises for import and export markets.

SUPPORT TEAM

Andrea Young

Office Administrator

Andrea is responsible for our general office administration. Andrea also works as part of the Biosecurity Services Team to manage Biosecurity sales and assist with Transitional Facility requirements in relation to Biosecurity obligations.  In addition, Andrea handles our Payroll to ensure that we all get paid!  You may well get a call from Andrea too if invoices are not paid on time as she chases accounts receivable or equally she may be the person on the end of the phone when you make a training booking.

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Updated 28 August 2020