Blackmores CEO Christine Holgate (right) with Chairman Marcus Blackmore

Management profiles


Christine Holgate

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Christine has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. Christine was appointed to her current role as Blackmores Chief Executive Officer in November 2008. 

She has more than 20 years public board experience as either a Non-Executive Director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia. Christine’s prime responsibilities have been leading teams through significant change to deliver growth and expansion in Asia. Christine has three post-graduate diplomas and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Christine is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, supporting the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region. She also serves on the Board of Collingwood Football Club and was a Non-Executive Director of Ten Network Holdings Limited for five years, retiring in December 2015. 

In 2015 Christine was recognised in the top 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review and named CEO of the Year by CEO Magazine/CEO Institute (she was the first female to win this award). She was also named the highest performing CEO in Australia by the Daily Telegraph and received the Australian Growth Company Award for Women in Leadership. In 2013 Christine was honoured with the Rotary Paul Harris Award in recognition of her charitable work.

Christine will be leaving the Company on 29 September 2017 after nine years at the helm (read more here)



Adjunct Associate Professor Lesley Braun

Director, Blackmores Institute

Dr Braun is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Integrative Medicine at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (Western Sydney University) and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Monash/Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre. She has held research positions at The Alfred Hospital and was Vice President of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and an Academic Board Member of Endeavour College. 

Dr Braun is a member of key industry groups including the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, the Advisory Committee for the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, and the National E Health Authority (NeHTA) medicines terminology group. She is a member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Complementary and Integrative Therapies Group Executive and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Dr Braun is the main author of the best-selling textbook ‘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. She regularly presents at national and international conferences on integrative medicine in addition to undertaking her own complementary medicine research projects. 

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 US. 

Prior to joining Blackmores in December 2014, Aaron worked at Goodman Fielder, Westfield and Diageo Plc. At Goodman Felder 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 from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is a qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nathan Cheong

Managing Director, BioCeuticals
With more than 15 years’ experience in the complementary medicine industry, Nathan first joined BioCeuticals in September 2012 as the Director of Sales & Marketing, moving into the Managing Director role in 2014. Prior to this, Nathan was the General Manager of Herbs of Gold, a subsidiary of Vita Life Science. 

Nathan is a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist. He holds degrees in Health Science, Science and Social Work, and graduated with majors in Biochemistry and Psychology. He currently sits on Complementary Medicines Australia's Complaints Resolution Panel and Practitioner Medicine Technical Committee. Nathan is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management. 

In 2015 he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary in recognition of his fundraising efforts as a finisher of the Big Red Run, a series of five marathons in six days through the Simpson Desert.

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 at Blackmores including Business Manager for Development, Marketing and Sales. Her financial roles at Blackmores have included statutory and management accounting and taxation compliance for the Australian and overseas operations. 

Cecile is a Chartered Secretary and a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds 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. In addition, Cecile serves on the Governance Institute of Australia’s Legislation Review Committee and is the Chair of Community Care (Northern Beaches) Limited. In 2015 she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary for her charitable work with the latter.


David Fenlon

Managing Director, Australia & NZ
David brings more than 25 years of retail 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 combines his commercial acumen with an adept ability to recruit superior talent and motivate teams.

David has held key leadership positions in Tesco throughout Europe and Safeway in the UK. In Australia, he has successfully led Red Group, a chain of book and stationery stores, and previously worked with senior leadership teams from a diverse range of brands including Jenny Craig, Ecco Shoes, Metallicus and Review.

David recently served on the Board of ASX-listed PAS Group and is currently a passionate advocate and valued member of the Board of Directors at Quest For Life, a charitable foundation that provides practical skills and healing for people to create peace and resilience in their lives.


Richard Henfrey

Chief Operating Officer, Central Services
Richard Henfrey has more than 20 years of experience in strategic and business development roles across a wide range of blue chip, start up and strategy consulting businesses in Europe, North America and Australia. Much of his career has focused on developing and implementing new businesses or change initiatives in the highly regulated industries of healthcare and telecommunications. This includes leadership positions with Telstra in marketing strategy and technical sales.

Richard joined Blackmores in 2009 as the Director of People and Strategy, leading the development of a new corporate strategy which included an innovative approach to sourcing. He became Director of the Blackmores Strategic Sourcing division in 2011 and was appointed to his current role as Chief Operating Officer in 2014.

Richard is a board member of the industry association Complementary Medicines Australia and served as president of the board from 2011 to 2015. He leads a positive approach to engagement with regulators and governments to advocate for a greater recognition of complementary medicines in the development of health policy and improved regulation of complementary medicines.


Peter Osborne

Managing Director, Asia
A former Australian trade diplomat with more than 25 years of experience living and working in Asia, Peter has extensive expertise in business development, sales and marketing, trade development, and export and investment facilitation and promotion.

He is responsible for the Blackmores Asia business, which includes subsidiary companies in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and China; joint venture Kalbe Blackmores in Indonesia; distribution partnerships in Vietnam, Cambodia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia; and overall strategy for Blackmores’ growth objectives in Asia.

Prior to joining Blackmores in May 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 & Investment Director of the South Pacific Forum Secretariat and served as the South Pacific Expert Adviser on trade development to the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. Peter speaks fluent Mandarin-Chinese.