Blackmores CEO Christine Holgate (right) with Chairman Marcus Blackmore

Management profiles

Richard Henfrey

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Henfrey began as Chief Executive Officer on 17 August 2017 after more than eight successful years on Blackmores’ Leadership Team including three years as Chief Operating Officer.

He was Board President of Complementary Medicines Australia from June 2011 until December 2015 leading the industry association’s input into the most comprehensive review into regulation of complementary medicine since the system was established in 1989.

Prior to Blackmores he worked for Telstra Corporation in roles including Director of Technical Sales, Telstra Business, General Manager, Business Sales NSW and General Manager of Marketing Strategy, Telstra Business and Government.

Prior to emigrating to Australia in 2003 with his Australian wife and children, Richard was Director of Strategy and Market Intelligence for Energis plc and played a key role in the financial restructuring of the business.

Richard graduated from Cambridge University with honours in Natural Sciences, specialising in genetics and molecular and cell biology. He passionately supports the molecular cardiology work of the Centenary Institute, Quest for Life Foundation and Bear Cottage.



Adjunct Associate Professor Lesley Braun

Director, Blackmores Institute

Dr Lesley Braun is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (Western Sydney University) and has held research positions at The Alfred Hospital, Monash University.

She was Vice President of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, an Academic Board Member of Endeavour College, and former member of key industry groups including the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicine (TGA), the Advisory Committee for the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, and the National E Health Transition Authority (NeHTA) medicines terminology group.

Lesley is a current member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Complementary and Integrative Therapies Group Executive, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia-China Business Council Health, and Medical Research working group, plus on the course advisory committees for nutrition at Endeavour College and the Think Group.

She is the main author of four best-selling textbooks including Herbs and Natural Supplements – an evidence based guide, founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Integrative Medicine, and a regular columnist for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy.


Aaron Canning

Chief Financial Officer

Aaron has a wealth of experience gained from working in a variety of general management and financial leadership positions in ASX listed and multinational organisations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and the US. Prior to joining Blackmores in December 2014, Aaron worked at Goodman Fielder, Westfield and Diageo Plc. At Goodman Fielder he held several leadership roles including Managing Director Grocery Category, Managing Director Asia Pacific, and Finance Director Asia Pacific.

Aaron has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and Management and a Postgraduate 1st Class Honours degree in Management. He is a qualified accountant, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of Chartered Accountants Association of Australia and New Zealand and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Aaron was named CEO Magazine’s 2016 CFO of the Year (runner-up).


Cecile Cooper

Company Secretary & Director of Corporate Affairs

Cecile is an accountant and Company Secretary with more than 30 years of commercial experience. She is responsible for Blackmores’ Board administration, secretariat, governance, risk management, compliance and corporate communications initiatives. She has held a variety of senior positions within Blackmores, including Business Manager for Development, marketing and sales.

Cecile is a Chartered Secretary and a Certified Practicing Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance with the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cecile serves on the Governance Institute of Australia’s Legislation Review Committee and is the Chairman of CCNB Limited. In 2015 she was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.


David Fenlon

Managing Director, Australia & NZ

David brings more than 30 years of retail and brand experience to Blackmores including an in-depth understanding of grocery and retail channel strategies. With an emphasis on driving business transformation and showcasing leadership, David has held key positions in Tesco throughout Europe and Safeway in the UK. In Australia, he has held key leadership roles with a diverse range of brands.

David joined Blackmores in 2013 as Managing Director of the Australian, New Zealand and Animal Health divisions. He previously served on the Board of ASX-listed The PAS Group, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of the Quest For Life Foundation, and on the Board of Special Olympics.



Peter Osborne

Managing Director, Asia

Peter is a former Australian trade diplomat with extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing, trade development, and export and investment facilitation and promotion. He is responsible for Blackmores’ Asia business, including subsidiary companies in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, China and Japan; joint venture Kalbe Blackmores Nutrition in Indonesia; distribution partnerships in Vietnam, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Iran and Pakistan; and overall strategy for Blackmores’ growth objectives in Asia.

Prior to joining Blackmores in 2009, Peter was one of Australia’s most senior trade diplomats working with the Australian Trade Commission in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He also spent several years in Fiji as the Trade and Investment Director of the South Pacific Forum Secretariat and served as Expert Adviser to the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development.

Peter has lived and worked in Asia for nearly 30 years and speaks Mandarin-Chinese. Peter is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and the first foreigner to be appointed as Honorary Vice Chairman of the China Association for Quality Inspection (CAQI) in Beijing.