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Meet The Team

Matthew Stanish 
Matt_Stanish_a.jpgGeneral Manager

Matthew joined the Phytomed team in October 2015 in the role of General Manager. Prior to joining the company Matt has had over 15 years’ experience in manufacturing operational roles, including extensive experience in the nutraceutical, infant formula and health food sectors.  He has graduate and postgraduate qualifications is food technology, business, administration and finance.

Matt was formerly a member of the NZ Rugby Union National Referee squad and officiated in senior domestic and international rugby matches. He currently is a keen trail runner and surfer. 

Phil Rasmussen 
Technical Director

Phil_3.jpgPhil is an experienced Medical Herbalist with a busy clinic in Auckland where he has practiced since 1995. 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 1998 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 evidence validated by good science. 

Cheny Zhan
Management Accountant

Cheny_2.jpgCheny qualified from Auckland University of Technology in 2005 with a Master Degree of Professional Business (Hons), specialising in Management Accounting and Financial Management. She is a member of New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountant. Cheny has over 10 years’ experience working in the accounting field in various industries.

Cheny developed an immense interest in herbal medicine and naturopathy over recent years, and this led her to join the Phytomed  team in 2012. Cheny’s main roles within the business are financial management, financial reporting/analysis, product costing/pricing, budgeting and forecasting.

Noeline Jonkers
Sales & Marketing Manager

Noeline_Jonkers-100.jpgNoeline joined Phytomed in 2000 as the first sales representative for the Kiwiherb brand. At the time she had recently graduated as a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist, and valued the opportunity to work with a company whose ethics and values so closely mirrored her own. Noeline was with the company for seven years during the infancy of the Kiwiherb brand  & during her time there, saw it take it’s first steps into the UK and Asian markets. In 2007 Noeline left the business and moved to Sydney to take up a Business Development role with Australia’s leading contract manufacturer of health supplements, but the pull of Phytomed was too strong and she returned in 2013 to take up the role of Sales and Marketing Manager. In her current role she is responsible for sales and marketing activities in both domestic and export markets. 

Clinton Rule
Clinton RuleOperations Manager

Clinton joined the Phytomed team in February 2016. Clinton has a broad background with over 10 years’ experience in manufacturing operations, quality management, food safety compliance and auditing. His experience encompasses the Dairy, Food, Seafood, Herbicide and Polymer sectors. He has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Medicinal Chemistry. Clinton’s role at Phytomed of Operations Manager is a new role targeted to continue growth in Phytomed’s manufacturing scale and complexity.

Outside of work life he is a keen fisherman and active lobbyist for environmental protection, has a young family and is a former age group rugby and athletics representative.

Kevin E Lin
Production Operations Manager

Kevin_1.jpgKevin graduated in 1982 from 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 the Institute 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 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 operation 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. 

Jimmy Valerio
Production Coordinator

Jimmy_2.jpgAs Production Coordinator at Phytomed, Jimmy’s focus is ensuring that quality products and services are delivered to our customers on time. Jimmy gained his qualification as an Industrial Engineer from the Mapua Institute of Technology, Philippines in 1995. Through various roles both in the Philippines and NZ, he has gained the ability to work well with people and the knowledge to improve systematic methods and processes through the use of statistical analysis, interpersonal communication, design, planning, quality control, operations management and problem solving. His prior experience in managing production and manufacturing, warehousing, production planning and inventory control played an important part in preparing Jimmy for what is an extremely challenging position at Phytomed – a role he has successfully made his own since joining the company in 2007.  

Trish Moy
Regulatory Affairs Manager

Trish Moy

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. In her current role she is responsible for regulatory activities in both domestic and export markets.

Trish has NZ qualifications in pharmacy, herbal medicine and quality assurance.

Sandy Jayasuriya
Quality Assurance Manager

Sandy_1.jpgSandy is a member of NZOQ and professionally recognized as a Certified Quality Practitioner. She graduated from University of Colombo with a BSc and PgDip in Education and worked as a secondary school teacher in Sri Lanka for several years. Sandy has 17 years NZ experience in quality assurance in regulated industries such as biotechnology, veterinary medicine and natural medicine. Sandy has extensive experience in developing; implementing and embedding Quality Systems in GMP regulated manufacturing environments, working with ISO, FDA, MHRA, TGA and ACVM regulatory bodies. Since joining the Phytomed team in January 2011, Sandy has been successfully leading the Phytomed quality system and driving its continuous improvement.

Laetitia O’Connell
Sustainability Leader

Laetitia_2.jpgLaetitia began working with Phytomed at the beginning of 2014, when she leapt at the opportunity to put her naturopathy studies into practice.  She came to natural medicine through a vast and varied path, including catering to the whims of the rich and famous aboard superyachts. Superyachting is not a lifestyle for the faint hearted, with a work-hard-play-hard attitude prevailing, and she noticed the toll that stress and good times were taking on her own health and those around her.   All the money in the world did not buy good health, so her interest in complementary medicine was sparked.

This inkling lead her to Vancouver, where she lived for a year working in a health store and completed her first naturopathy papers.  After seeing many beautiful places, there was still one that topped the list everytime, so Laetitia returned to New Zealand to continue her studies in Naturopathy and Herbal medicine.  She graduated from Wellpark College in 2013 as the Top Clinical Naturopathic student and also achieved the award for Overall Excellence.

Krushanta Naidoo
Customer Service Manager

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Krushanta comes to us with a host of varied experience in Customer Service focused roles where she was tasked with customer safety as well as care for the elderly. She graduated from Auckland University of technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Microbiology in 2010. Krushanta entered the scientific industry in a sales role for an Australasian Scientific equipment distributor, supporting customers with internationally branded equipment solutions for various applications.

As the Office Manager Krushanta supervises all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Phytomed/Kiwiherb office, including processing orders, invoice & account queries, and stock management.