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 Operations 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 from the UK 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 the University of Cambridge 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.

On 26 February 2019 Richard announced his resignation from Blackmores and will step down from his position effective 29 March 2019. Executive Director Marcus Blackmore will be acting Chief Executive Officer effective 1 April 2019 (view announcement).

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Adjunct Associate Professor Lesley Braun

Director, Blackmores Institute

Passionate about growing the evidence-base for complementary medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor Dr Lesley Braun is a distinguished academic, pharmacist and naturopath. She leads our research and education centre of excellence, the Blackmores Institute, and in 2018 was named the CEO Magazine's Health & Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year.

Never one to compromise her ethics, Lesley was attracted to Blackmores’ unrivalled reputation for quality, joining us in 2014. She believes that making better healthcare available to all is a matter of social justice, which goes hand-in-hand with educating the public and medical profession about natural medicine options to really improve people’s lives. A regular presenter at health symposiums across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Lesley says: ‘As a researcher, it’s very exciting to be able to develop new treatments and explore better ways of using existing ones. Building the evidence base so more people can benefit safely is the dream of academics in healthcare.’

In her spare time, Lesley 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 is a member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Complementary and Integrative Therapies Group Executive, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Australia-China Business Council Health and Medical Research working group. She is also on the advisory committees for nutrition courses 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 and founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Integrative Medicine. 

Why Blackmores? Blackmores had an excellent reputation for quality and showing industry leadership by not being scared to speak out on important issues that affect healthcare and access to natural medicine.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: Getting into nature is my go-to therapy for the body and soul. Also, I was proudly vegetarian for twenty years before adding oily fish into my diet ten years ago for the Omega-3 health benefits.

Life outside of work: At work and in my personal life I love adventures and seek opportunities for personal growth. I try to make sure there is meaning and purpose behind everything I do and surround myself with people who have similar values.

Product you can’t live without: CoQ10 changed my life – I used to experience debilitating migraine headaches up to two times a month but Blackmores Super Strength CoQ10 has reduced that to about twice about a year.

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Aaron Canning

Chief Financial Officer

Aaron is responsible for the financial health of our business, bringing a wealth of experience gained from leadership positions in ASX-listed and multi-national organisations across the globe. Having lived and worked in Asia for 15 years before joining Blackmores in 2014, Aaron was attracted to our international growth and long-standing company values. 

As CFO he takes great pride in our employee profit share scheme which rewards all permanent staff no matter their role with a twice-yearly bonus based on the company’s performance. He says, ‘Blackmores believes we are only as good as our people. Profit share, started by our founder Maurice Blackmore, is our way of saying thank you to our employees for helping make the business a success and achieving financial growth. It’s a great motivator for everyone.’

Before Blackmores, Aaron worked in several leadership roles for Goodman Fielder (including Managing Director Asia Pacific), Westfield and Diageo. A qualified accountant, he holders a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management and Postgraduate First Class Honours in Management, and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of Chartered Accountants Association of Australia and NZ, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2016 Aaron was named CEO Magazine’s CFO of the Year – Runner-Up.

Why Blackmores? My grandmother was a passionate herbalist and a woman ahead of her time who taught me that there are many successful natural alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine. I was excited to join a values-based iconic Australian company leading the natural health industry movement domestically and growing internationally.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: Balance is key – I have a young family who keep me active, however I know it’s also important to take some time out for myself. I love the outdoors – especially in, on and under the water – and nothing beats a family camping trip!

Life outside of work: I’m an avid handyman and ‘fixer upper’ with limited skills and ability. My dream project is to restore a classic 60’s era American convertible car, which one day I hope to take my two daughters to their weddings in!  

Product you can’t live without: Blackmores Probiotics Daily - looking after my gut health ensures I can always put my best foot forward and the one-a-day formulation that doesn’t require refrigeration is super convenient for my busy lifestyle.

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Cecile Cooper

Company Secretary & Director of Corporate Affairs

Cecile is extremely proud of sustainability and good governance at Blackmores, championing both throughout her 30-year career with us across several senior roles. As Director of Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary, Cecile is responsible for sustainability, risk and compliance, corporate communications, Board administration and Secretariat.

As one of Blackmores’ longest serving employees, Cecile knows the business inside out. Over recent years, she has been especially passionate about embedding sustainability across the business, explaining that ‘Our founder Maurice Blackmore knew that you can’t have healthy people without a healthy planet and this still underpins everything we do today. However, it’s important to realise that sustainability extends beyond minimising our carbon footprint to sourcing responsibly, leading industry change and improving overall wellbeing for everyone.’

Cecile is a Chartered Secretary and a Certified Practicing Accountant. She has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Governance Institute of Australia’s Legislation Review Committee. Always one to give back, Cecile is the Chairman of CCNB Limited and her community work was recognised with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2015. 

Why Blackmores? Growing up, my family’s health solutions were most often found in the local health food shop and Blackmores products were our first choice. Finding health solutions from nature just feels right to me and it’s exciting to work for a company that I have always trusted.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: My family is heavily involved in the local surf lifesaving club and there’s nothing like walking by the ocean to rejuvenate and clear the mind.

Life outside of work: I love a good road trip with my family exploring our beautiful country. Over the last few years this has included visiting Kangaroo Island in South Australia and driving across the remote Nullarboor Plains. Experiencing extreme temperatures of 45+ degrees and the needs of remote and rural communities drove home my awareness of the challenges facing our environment and the need for us to act to reduce our footprint.

Product you can’t live without: Blackmores Women’s Vitality Multi which has everything a woman with a busy lifestyle like me needs.

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Jeremy Cowan

Chief Operations Officer

Jeremy oversees our technical day-to-day operations, which is no small feat considering Blackmores’ presence in 17 markets across Asia-Pacific. Passionate about planning, he is responsible for our end-to-end supply chain across manufacturing, logistics and procurement which includes our export business to China.

Raised on farm with food straight from the paddock and herbal cures from his grandma’s garden, Jeremy was attracted to Blackmores’ strong natural health purpose. A successful triathlete who completed his first full Iron Man race in Cairns in 2018, he says: ‘You only get one body, and one chance at life. I have always believed in natural solutions as being the best. I love what the Blackmores brand stands for and I’m proud of its 85-year Australian heritage which has stood the test of time.’

Prior to joining Blackmores in 2018, Jeremy was the Asia-Pacific Procurement Director of Nando’s and before this enjoyed a 20-year career with Mars Inc. in various supply chain and procurement leadership roles in both Australia and the US. He has a Bachelor of Business from Deakin University, and has served on various boards and business committees in Victoria.

Why Blackmores? I love that natural health can bring benefits to everyone and it’s exciting to be a part of a movement that inspires better health and wellbeing.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: Running, riding, swimming, kayaking and generally being active – I’ve competed in many long distance multisport and triathlon events over the years and love the mental and physical feeling of being at my peak level of fitness.   

Life outside of work: My wife and I love the responsibility that comes with educating our three children about the importance of being mentally and physically fit.

Product you can’t live without: Blackmores Magnesium – I use it regularly for muscle strength and to help with cramping and to try and prevent those niggling little injuries that seem to happen more and more as you get older!

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David Fenlon

Managing Director, Australia & NZ

David lives and breathes building strong retail brands that bring genuine improvements to the lives of consumers. He has more than 30 years of international experience implementing growth strategies, driving business transformation, and is our Managing Director for ANZ leading the Blackmores, BioCeuticals, Global Therapeutics and functional foods brands. 

Upon joining our executive team in 2013 and moving from Melbourne to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, David achieved much more than a simple sea change and healthier lifestyle. He says: ‘I love developing products that bring about optimal wellbeing. When someone starts taking a Blackmores product, they are already desiring a stronger sense of wellbeing. It excites me spiritually that we have aided that. It’s very nice to be at a BBQ and, when asked, you can share that your job involves helping people be healthier.’ 

David also enjoys the workplace culture of Blackmores, championing weekly meditation sessions for staff and a genuine interest in everyone’s wellbeing. Originally from the UK, David has held former leadership roles with Tesco throughout Europe and Safeway in the UK, as well as with diverse consumer brands in Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of Quest For Life Foundation, and serves on the Board of Special Olympics Australia. Both of these charities hold a dear place in his heart. 

Why Blackmores? I love that natural health can bring benefits to everyone and it’s exciting to be a part of a movement that inspires better health and wellbeing.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: Long beach walks with my wife – they’re a key part of our daily routine – and regular home-cooked healthy meals.

Life outside of work: My wife, two adult sons and I share a passion for snow skiing and I have a kayak gets me around beautiful Pittwater. I’m also an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club!

Product you can’t live without: Blackmores Omega Daily fish oil – it’s the start of the VDS journey and can benefit almost everyone.

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Jane Franks

Chief People Officer

Passionate about people and making a difference, Jane is an accomplished human resources leader with 20 years of experience in the financial services and consumer products sectors. She prides herself on building strong organisational cultures, improving leadership capability and optimising business performance through having the right talent in the right roles.   

Growing up in the USA and Europe but long settled in Sydney with her husband and two young children, Jane loves working for an iconic Australian brand like Blackmores, where she has been our Chief People Officer since 2018. She says: ‘Blackmores is a truly purpose-led organisation and the health and wellness industry presents many exciting growth opportunities. I think improving the accessibility and understanding of natural health solutions will fundamentally change the future of our world for generations to come.’

Jane was previously HR Director for Diageo Australia and before that held senior HR roles with Westpac Group and BT Financial Group. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business/Commerce and membership of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Human Resources Institute.

Why Blackmores: Blackmores is a truly purpose-led organisation. Improving the accessibility and understanding of natural health solutions will fundamentally change the future of our world for generations to come.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: Pilates is an absolute game-changer for me.

Life outside of work: I love spending time in the great outdoors with my family playing backyard cricket and soccer and swimming in the ocean.

Product you can’t live without: Blackmores Fish Oil and Glucosamine Sulfate 1500 to help manage my hip osteoarthritis (I’m trying desperately to put off a hip replacement as long as I can with the right exercise, diet and supplements). Also, my children can’t go past the Blackmores Superkids multivitamins because they think they’re a ‘special treat’!’

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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 including Vietnam, Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia; 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.

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Brett Winn

Chief Information Officer

Dedicated to all things digital, Brett has more than 25 years’ experience delivering innovative, customer-obsessed technology solutions and operational efficiencies across a range of industries throughout Asia-Pacific. Joining Blackmores in 2016, he was named The CEO Magazine's Chief Information Officer of the Year 2018.

Brett is a true champion of company culture and a big believer in harnessing technology to achieve best-in-class results for everyone. ‘Blackmores is one of the few Australian vitamin companies taking its natural health expertise to the world, thinking beyond the bottle to roll out online multi-language education services and ways of connecting like-minded global communities. I know that we can gain real outcomes by living healthier empowered lives and I’m excited to help drive this modern wellness movement.’

Previously Brett was CIO at Medibank, where he created leading telehealth and population health initiatives. He’s also held executive IT positions at CitiPower, PageGroup, Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Worldgroup, and has an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Why Blackmores: It aligns to my desire to feel good about what I do, by progressing my career with a company that genuinely wants to help people live better lives and also has a strong track record of corporate social responsibility.

Must-have health and wellbeing fix: I love hitting the ski slopes whenever possible, but otherwise go to the gym and generally eat well. I know it’s important to look after myself both physically and mentally, no matter how big or small the effort might be.

Life outside of work: I chase after three young children and enjoy every minute of being a sports taxi service, which also allows me plenty of time to indulge a long held passion for loud 80s & 90s rock music, much to the total embarrassment of my kids in the back seat.

Product you can’t live without: Our Fusion Health Magnesium Advanced Powder for recovery, IsoWhey Ivory Coast Chocolate protein shake to start my morning (every day now for two years!), and the good old Blackmores Vitamin C for everyday health (my entire family swears by it!)