With expertise in chemistry, microbiology, animal science, physiology and engineering, we have a proven track record of taking novel, award-winning products to market

2018

Natural Health Products NZ Supreme Award
Fernmark Licence Programme Growth Award

2019

Natural Health Products NZ Supreme Award
Cawthron Institute Innovation Award

Our board

John Birch, Chair

John Birch has more than 20 years’ governance experience across several board and director roles.

Until 2000, Mr Birch was a shareholder and director of McClunie Birch Ltd, one of New Zealand’s largest providers of process equipment and solutions for the dairy and food industries. 

Mr Birch has also been chair and director of Innovation Waikato Ltd, deputy chair of Habitat for Humanity, and director of Get Smart Holdings Ltd, FeeSmart Finance Ltd, Ligar Polymers Ltd, Perry Investment Management Ltd, and independent director of Pinnacle Ventures Ltd.

Earl Rattray, Director

BAgrEcon, FNZIPIM, CFInstD

Earl Rattray’s professional career began as an agricultural economist before entering the dairy industry in the 1980s, progressing from share milking to multiple farm ownership and later, senior dairy industry leadership roles.

He was a founding board member of Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest commercial entity, and the founding Chairman of the New Zealand Dairy Companies Association. He still retains interests in several medium and large-scale dairy farming companies in New Zealand, Chile, USA, Australia, and India.

Earl is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management. 

Kate Wilson, Director

B.Sc, M.Sc (Hons), FNZIPA

Kate Wilson is a respected patent attorney, having built up her previous IP law firm James & Wells to national significance before leaving in 2016 after nearly 30 years in the industry. She has been instrumental in adding value to many iconic New Zealand and international organisations through the development, management and commercialization of IP portfolios.

With an extensive background in physics and chemisty, and significant experience in the technology sector, Kate understands the fundamentals of science and technology behind most innovations and has been involved in many boards and working groups. 

Rod Claycomb, Director

PhD

Rod Claycomb founded Quantec in 2008. He has extensive experience in the dairy industry, particularly in pure and applied research and product commercialization.

Prior to Quantec, Rod was the founding CEO of Sensortec, a company set up to develop and commercialise sensor technologies for the measurement of biological components in fluids, particularly milk.

He was previously Director of R&D for DEC International NZ, managing the short-term product development for Waikato Milking Systems. In the US, he was Director of Engineering and Biosensor Development Engineer for DDx in Denver, where he managed engineering projects supporting the development of biosensor platforms for food and air-borne pathogens and the development of electronic reproduction aids for the cattle industry. 

Executive team

Raewyn McPhillips, Chief Executive Officer
MBA, PGDipMgtSt, PGDipBusAdmin, BSc

Raewyn McPhillips took over the role of Quantec CEO in 2018, joining the company after several years as international trade manager at Tatua Dairy Co-operative. Prior to that she held leadership roles in operations and business improvement at Waikato District Health Board and multinational dairy co-operative Fonterra.

Ms McPhillips has a strong background in science, beginning her career as a laboratory technician before moving on to technical and programme management roles at Kiwi Co-operative Dairy Company (now Fonterra).

She has held positions in both the public and private sectors across key business areas including strategy and operational functions, international trade, business improvement, policy management, knowledge management, supply chain, and sales and marketing.

Dr Rod Claycomb, Co-founder and Innovation Director and board member
PhD

Rod Claycomb founded Quantec in 2008. He has extensive experience in the dairy industry, particularly in pure and applied research and product commercialization.

Rod is credited with developing the first proof-of-principle online automated milk progesterone biosensor, and other areas of expertise include bioactives, biosensors, agritechnology and R&D business management. 

Dr Colin Ogle, Technical and Regulatory Manager
PhD, MSc, BSc (Tech) 

Dr Colin Ogle is Quantec's Technical and Regulatory Manager for regulatory affairs. He has been involved with R&D and registration of animal health products in New Zealand, Australia and the United States throughout his entire career, and has worked in technical support of the manufacture and quality control of these products.

He has also specialised in analytical laboratory support for leading research institutes such as HortResearch and NIWA Ecosystems, and has an interest in medical applications of chemistry. His key role at Quantec is to lead the animal and human health technologies from feasibility through to global registration.

Jon Curran, Finance Manager
BMS, MAF

Jon Curran started with Quantec in March 2019. Jon has practised as a Chartered Accountant and has held financial management roles in commercial, not-for-profit and Council-controlled organisations. Jon has recently returned to the Waikato after spending seven years working in Wellington, New Zealand.

Prior to working for Quantec, Jon held the positions of Chief Financial Officer for Waikato Regional Airport Limited and Chief Financial Officer for H. G. Leach & Company Ltd, a company with activities in waste management, quarrying, transport and contracting. Jon was also a Director for H G Leach Fiji Ltd. during his time with that company.

Jon enjoys time in the outdoors and has competed in many multisport and triathlon events.

Kirin Tsuei, General Manager China

As General Manager, Kirin's role is to oversee the development of Quantec in China and overseeing sales and distribution. 

Kirin has a wealth of experience in medical nutrition as a sales representative for Mead Johnson and Novartis in the US and was most recently a business development manager for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in Taiwan for 5 years. Kirin is also a US registered dietitian and graduated from University of California in Davis a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science. 

Cici Zhao, General Manager Quantec Manufacturing; Business Development Manager
Bachelor of Environmental Research Management

Cici joined Quantec in 2017 and has been working in the New Zealand food industry for more than ten years. She has progressed through various business areas from food safety, sales and product management to general management of both manufacturing and business development in China. Cici has spent the last five years living in New Zealand focusing on health food products, OEM and export to China.

Scientists

Dr Katharine Adam, Microbiologist
PhD, MSc, BSc, GradDipPsych

Dr Katharine Adam is a Microbiologist at Quantec, where she researches the properties of Quantec’s Immune Defense Proteins (IDP®) and develops new applications for it. Believing there is always more to know, Katharine holds four degrees, three in science and one in psychology (just in case the microbes start getting ideas). 

Dr Judy Bragger, Co-founder, Emeritus Senior Scientist
PhD

Dr Judy Bragger is Quantec's co-founder and Emeritus Senior Scientist, having retired after nine years with Quantec after leading research into the properties and commercial applications of natural bioactives.

She has extensive research experience in biochemistry and microbiology, having worked for more than 12 years at the University of Waikato studying thermophilic organisms isolated from hot springs for thermostable enzymes useful for commercial applications, and working on collaborative projects with research groups at Fonterra Research, Massey University, and former Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Limited.

Support Team

Gillian (Gills) Saxton, Finance Assistant
BCom, DipBusStuds

Gills started with Quantec in June 2019 in the role of Finance Assistant. Her role includes being involved across all things under the umbrella of finance, inventory and office management.  Gills recently completed a Diploma of Business Studies majoring in Accounting which she completed extramurally through Massey University while raising her three children.  

Prior to children, Gills studied Management and Finance at Otago University and then spent eight years in London working in various anti-money laundering roles in investment banks such as Credit Suisse, UBS and ING Bank NV, and for ConocoPhillips. Outside of work she enjoys being involved in her children’s sports, school fundraising activities, and a bootcamp group.