Mark comes to Phytomed with a very strong track record of success in the senior leadership of some of ANZ’s large FMCG organisations. He is a fabulous addition to the team. Mark began his career at Colgate-Palmolive in Petone before moving overseas with them. He eventually joined Cadbury in Auckland and over 15 years moved through a number of strategic/marketing/GM roles before becoming Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand. More recently, he led Frucor NZ, one of NZ’s ‘Best Employers’.
Mark is very excited to be part of the Phytomed team; cementing Phytomed’s first 20 years, he is focused and enthusiastic about getting the organisation ready for the next 20!
Phil Rasmussen M.Pharm., M.P.S., Dip. Herb. Med.; M.N.I.M.H.(UK), M.N.H.A.A., M.N.Z.A.M.H.
Phil is an experienced Medical Herbalist with a busy clinic in Auckland where he has practiced since 1993. Before pursuing herbal medicine he worked for more than ten years as a pharmacist, and undertook research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin for a Masters degree in Pharmacology. He is a regular lecturer at several naturopathic and herbal colleges, presented at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and written extensively on herbal subjects for both practitioner and consumer publications, for many years. Phil is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Auckland, and was Deputy Chair of the Interim Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary & Alternative Medicines (IEACCAM), established by the Australian and New Zealand governments between 2006 and 2008.
Phil founded Phytomed Medicinal Herbs Ltd in 1996 to produce high quality, NZ-made herbal medicines for health practitioners, and in 2000 the Kiwiherb brand was launched as the retail offering of Phytomed Medicinal Herbs. As well as providing leadership & governance in the business, Phil is passionate about research and heads the New Product Development team, creating premium formulations based on traditional and clinical evidence validated by good science.
Kevin E Lin (B. Sci)
Production Operations Manager
Kevin graduated in 1982 from the School of Pharmacy, Shanghai Medical University (Pharmacy College of Fudan University) and was then employed as a Pharmaceutical Engineer at Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Industrial Research Institute. His work in the Institute focused on pharmaceutical technology and preparation research, and he was appointed as the General Manager of pharmaceutical manufactory for pretesting and production of different prescriptions developed by the Institute.
Kevin immigrated in New Zealand in 1995 and joined Phytomed in 1998 as the first fulltime employee of the company. He has been instrumental in the development of many of the Kiwiherb products and plays an integral part in the day-to-day production operations of the business. In his current position he is in charge of the manufactory production of various Phytomed and Kiwiherb products, and is responsible for Research & Development activities associated with new product development.
Nerena MorrisSales ManagerNerena graduated from the University of Auckland in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics, and then followed her studies with Medical Herbalism and Naturopathic qualifications, in 1996. Since graduating, Nerena worked for 6 years as a Technical Consultant and Sales Representative for a highly respected Australasian supplement company. This enabled her to build wonderful relationships with practitioners and stores around New Zealand. She has also worked as a medical herbalist and naturopath in a clinic, giving her 20 years of experience with people and various conditions.Nerena joined Phytomed in 2015 and brings passion and experience to the management role and servicing our valued customers and the dedicated and highly skilled sales team in Australia and New Zealand.Mother to three children, Nerena is a keen gardener, photographer and basketball coach in her spare time.
Trish is a highly experienced Pharmacist who joined Phytomed in 2002 after both hospital and industry experience, as the company’s first Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring that all manufacturing processes were performed to the required high quality. She lead the company to attain its first MedSafe Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Good Manufacturing Practice Licence in 2007. Trish left the business to manage and develop the Oncology Pharmacy Department at the Auckland City Hospital Department of Pharmacy. She returned to Phytomed in 2016 as the company’s first Regulatory Affairs Manager, responsible for regulatory activities in both domestic and export markets. In October 2019, Trish became Phytomed’s first Compliance Manager, adding QA management to the Regulatory function.
Trish has NZ qualifications in pharmacy, herbal medicine and quality assurance.
Earl joined the Phytomed team in June 2017. Earl has extensive experience in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Wholesale and Retail businesses. He has joined the Phytomed team to support the business through the next exciting stages and into the future. Earl has a Business Management degree from the University of Waikato.
Earl has a young family with 3 sons which keeps him busy. Born and bred in rural Waikato, he naturally brings the rural NZ can do attitude.
Cindy started her career as a community pharmacist and later progressed into the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Over the past six years she began specialising in production management and joined Phytomed in 2018 as the Production Manager. Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Auckland in 2009 and is a New Zealand Registered Pharmacist. Outside of work, Cindy is a keen baker and cook, she’s also a foodie who enjoys trying out different cuisines with her family and friends.
Juliette is a Marketing and Communications Professional and part trained naturopath. With previous experience in the natural health, retail and FMCG industries Juliette is a highly experienced consumer marketer, passionate about people having access to natural products to support their healing journey.
As a copy-writer and published author - fiction and non-fiction - Juliette has recently launched her e-book “Sound Asleep – Tools to Get to Sleep Naturally”. Juliette is also a volunteer business mentor and avid animal advocate, with Tilly the 4 year old Mainecoon kitty being head of the household.