our people are our biggest asset

  • New Zealand Natural operations are overseen by three regional managers, operating out of Auckland and Shanghai to support customers and business partners.
  • The Company's production, quality assurance and management team have a combined experience of over 75 years in ice cream products.
  • With over 55% of The Company's business involving exports from New Zealand, The Company employs specialist logistics, quality assurance and documentation staff.

our management team

FRASER BROWN: REGIONAL MANAGER, UK/EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA, PACIFIC & THE AMERICAS, EMERALD FOODS

Fraser joined the Emerald Foods team in 2005 after 19 years in international trade and logistics, including 3 years in London. Fraser's experience is food specific and includes numerous account management, sales and general management roles.

SHANE LAMONT: MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMERALD FOODS

Shane joined Emerald Foods as CEO in 2006 and has over

20 years experience in food manufacturing, focused on dairy

and vegetable processing.  He has an MBA and Bachelor of

Food Technology from Massey University (NZ) and an NZCS

from Waikato Polytechnic (NZ). Since joining Emerald Foods,

Shane has now taken over as Managing Director, responsible

for the Global Foods Group, including New Zealand Natural.

JASON BOUGH: FOODSERVICE MANAGER, EMERALD FOODS

Jason joined Emerald Foods in 2008 as Foodservice Manager, responsible for sales of foodservice brands into the hospitality channel. Jason is a qualified chef with many years experience in foodservice with multinational FMCG companies including Nestle, Unilever, Illy, and most recently The Bell Tea & Coffee Company. Jason manages the New Zealand Foodservices sales team and our NZ key distributors.

DAVID FOREMAN: REGIONAL MANAGER, AUSTRALASIA, EMERALD FOODS

David joined Emerald Foods in 2003, after 16 years in Europe. David holds a BMS from Waikato University (NZ) and has extensive international experience including management consultancy with Cranfield Business School and various multinational organisations in the UK, Belgium and Sweden. He was appointed Regional Manager, Australasia for New Zealand Natural in 2006.

DIPAK CHHIMA: STORE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, AUSTRALASIA, NEW ZEALAND NATURAL

Dipak joined the team in 2005 as Operations Manager for NZ and then took on the additional responsibility of International Trainer.  He was promoted to Store Development Manager, Australasia in 2009.  Prior to joining New Zealand Natural, Dipak was a successful franchisee with Muffin Break and has over 20 years retailing experience.

MICHAEL CARTER: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER, NEW ZEALAND NATURAL

Michael joined the team in 2003 and has qualifications in technology and business analysis.  With over 10 years experience in IT, Michael has extensive knowledge of the New Zealand Natural IT infrastructure, point of sale systems, analytics software, store equipment and logistics. He is also responsible for the day to day operation of the Australian head office.

JACKIE MATTHEWS: TECHNICAL MANAGER, EMERALD FOODS

Jackie is a dairy specialist Food Technologist with 25 years experience in product research & development, compliance and quality assurance. She has extensive knowledge of global market requirements and a passion for working with customers to develop unique and contemporary innovations in ice cream.

LOGAN DARBY: PLANNING AND PURCHASING MANAGER, EMERALD FOODS

Logan has over 15 years experience in food manufacturing and has been with Emerald Foods since 2000.  Starting as a Production Team Leader, Logan spent over 5 years running day to day factory production, before moving into production planning.  Natural progression has seen Logan promoted to a purchasing role and his appointment as Planning and Purchasing Manager in 2008.

TERRY MORRIS: GLOBAL TRAINING MANAGER, NEW ZEALAND NATURAL

Terry joined Emerald Foods in 2006 and has been a qualified and awarded executive chef with 25 years experience. He has previously held sales roles with Fonterra and Nestle Foodservices.  Terry coaches new franchisees and continuously develops improvement programmes for training.  Terry also holds The Guinness World Record for the most ice cream scoops on a single cone (2010).

PETER MATTHEWS: QUEENSLAND STATE MANAGER, NEW ZEALAND NATURAL

Peter has been with New Zealand Natural since 1989. With over 30 years of retail experience from shop floor to management, he has been an integral member of our franchise model development. Originally trained as a Civil Engineer in the UK, Peter eventually settled on the Gold Coast of Australia with New Zealand Natural in its early development.

BEVERLEY RUBANENKO: NSW & ACT STATE MANAGER, NEW ZEALAND NATURAL

Beverley joined New Zealand Natural in November 1993 as a Franchisee, opening the first store in Warringah Mall, Sydney.  In 1998, Beverley joined head office as an Area Manager, and in 2009, took on the role of NSW & ACT State Manager.  Prior to joining New Zealand Natural, Beverley worked in the retail industry.  She is a qualified school teacher and is certified in Assessment and Workplace Training.