Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New Agricultural Divisional Manager Appointed

MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release
21 August 2014

Hill Laboratories appoints new Agricultural Divisional Manager

New Zealand's leading analytical testing laboratory, Hill Laboratories, has appointed Dr Bart Challis as new Agricultural Divisional Manager for the company.

Dr Challis brings to Hill Laboratories 16 years of international experience in the fields of Life Science and Biotechnology.

After completing a PhD in microbiology from the University of Otago, Dr Challis began his career in Sales in the United Kingdom in 1999.

Swiftly adding management experience to his scientific background, Dr Challis moved to the Netherlands a year later, where he undertook the role of Brand Manager for life science company, Invitrogen.

He later worked as General Manager for the company Active Motif in both Belgium and in the United Sates.

Most recently Dr Challis was Chief Commercial Officer at Active Motif’s Southern California headquarters, where he managed international subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, as well as global operations, business development and sales.

As Agricultural Divisional Manager for Hill Laboratories, Dr Challis will lead a team of 30 people responsible for delivering agricultural testing services for New Zealand's farmers and growers.

“Hill Laboratories has a long-standing reputation in the area of agricultural testing, having started out 30 years ago as a solely agriculture focussed laboratory. Today agricultural testing makes up about 30 per cent of Hills’ core business.

“I look forward to providing leadership to Hill Laboratories’ Agricultural division; helping to keep the company on its impressive growth course since its humble beginnings three decades ago.”

Hill Laboratories Managing Director and founder Dr Roger Hill said Dr Challis’ mix of scientific and management experience will complement the existing senior management team.

“He brings vital expertise in sales, business development, marketing, research and development, manufacturing and operations; all of which will help Hill Laboratories continue to provide leading analytical laboratory services for our customers.”

Having grown up on a farm in New Zealand, Dr Challis and his wife are pleased to be back in New Zealand.

“I am excited to bring my international experience back to this country, and hope to use everything I have learned to drive Hill Laboratories’ success forward globally.

Hill Laboratories celebrated its 30th anniversary in July this year. The company is a 100 per cent privately owned New Zealand analytical testing laboratory and has three major testing areas: Agriculture, Environmental and Food.

With its main site in Hamilton, the company currently has four sites in the North Island, two in the South Island, and an office in Japan.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Economic Update: RBNZ Says Rate Cut Seems Likely

The Reserve Bank will likely cut interest rates further as a persistently strong kiwi dollar makes it difficult for the bank to meet its inflation target, it said. The local currency fell. More>>

ALSO:

House Price Action Plan: RBNZ Signals National Lending Restrictions

The central bank wants to cap bank lending to property investors with a deposit of less than 40 percent at 5 percent and restore the 10 percent limit for owner-occupiers wanting to take out a mortgage with a deposit of less than 20 percent, according to a consultation paper released today. More>>

ALSO:

Sparks Fly: Gordon Campbell On China Steel Dumping Allegations

No doubt, officials on the China desk at MFAT have prided themselves on fashioning a niche position for New Zealand right in between the US and China – and leveraging off both of them! Well, as the Aussies would say, of MFAT: tell ‘em they’re dreaming. More>>

ALSO:

Loan Sharks: Finance Companies Found Guilty Of Breaching Fair Trading Act

Finance companies Budget Loans and Evolution Finance, run by former 1980s corporate high-flyer Allan Hawkins, have been found guilty of 106 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act for misleading 21 borrowers while enforcing loan contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Post Panama Papers: Govt To Adopt Shewan's Foreign Trust Recommendations

The government will adopt all of the recommendations from former PwC chairman John Shewan to increase disclosure and introduce a register for foreign trusts with new legislation to be introduced next month. More>>

ALSO:

The Price Of Cheese: Cheddar At Eight-Year Low

Food prices decreased 0.5 percent in the year to June 2016, influenced by lower grocery food prices (down 2.3 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. Compared with June 2015, cheese prices were down 9.5 percent, fresh milk was down 3.9 percent, and yoghurt was down 9.2 percent. More>>

ALSO:

Financial Advisers: New 'Customer-First' Obligations

Goldsmith plans to do away with the current adviser designations which he says have been "unsatisfactory" in that some advisers are obliged to disclose potential conflicts of interest and act in their customers' best interests, but others are not. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news