CMA Board Members
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The CMA Board comprises a blend of experience, skills and vision necessary to ensure the success of the complementary healthcare industry.
Driving CMA’s strategic direction for 2016 are the following industry leaders:
CMA President: Dusko Pejnovic (Lipa Pharmaceuticals)
CMA Vice-President: Sue Hogan (Health World Ltd)
CMA Treasurer: John Baker (Go Vita Springwood)
CMA CEO: Carl Gibson (Complementary Medicines Australia)
Wayne Coote (Pathway International)
Justin Howden (Swisse)
Ben Rowe (Brauer Natural Medicine)
Ian Chant (Aker BioMarine Australia)
John Kavanagh (Integria Health Care)
Daniel Baden (BioMedica)
Alan Brindell (Sanofi)
Paul Manion (Blackmores)
Dusko is the President of the CMA Board and is currently the CEO of Lipa Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Dusko holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. He also has experience in a broad range of industries including Pharmaceuticals, Foods, Confectionery, FMCG and B2B services.
CMA's TreasurerJohn has previously served as CMA Vice President and Treasurer and led the Board as President for 2 years. He has also been a member of the Complaints Resolution Council since its inception. During his tenure in various roles he has witnessed and played a part in the strong development of the CMA Codes of Practice and Government Relations elements of the CMA. John has owned Go Vita Springwood for over 22 years and is currently a Director of Go Vita Distributors Ltd and Nutrivital Pty Ltd. John’s clear and continuing aim for the CMA and the Complementary Medicines Industry is for products to become fully integrated and an equal part of the Government’s Health Policy.
John Baker - Go Vita Springwood, Owner/Manager
Carl Gibson - Complementary Medicines Australia, Chief Executive OfficerCarl Gibson started his career in the UK as a public servant, before joining the Conservative Party as a media and political adviser. He served under UK Prime Minister John Major from 1990 to 1994. His career spans over 25 years and he has specialised in Regulation, Public Policy and Campaign Communications. He was part of the senior leadership teams that transformed Allscripts-Misys the USA healthcare software company and UK nuclear generator British Energy. He was most recently Head of Brand & Communications at Australia's leading natural health company Blackmores, before being appointed in September 2013 as Chief Executive of the Complementary Medicines Australia.
Carl holds a Masters of Science in Corporate Governance and serves on the Advisory Board of The National Institute of Complementary Medicines, The Complaints Resolution Panel and the BCompMed Course Advisory Committee for Endeavour College of Natural Health.
John Kavanagh - Integria Health Care - Chief Executive Officer
Ben Rowe - Brauer Natural Medicine - Chief Executive Officer
Ben has over 25 years of experience in business development, marketing, strategy and general management roles across a variety of industries.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics, Associate Diploma in Marketing and in 2016 was awarded an Industry Leaders Fund scholarship to study the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School.
Ben Rowe has been the CEO of Brauer Natural Medicine for the past 6 years and became a Board Member of Complementary Medicines Australia in 2015.
Wayne Coote - Pathway International, Managing DirectorWayne is a current CMA Board Member with 30 years experience in the healthcare industry in various management positions. Over the last 15 years Wayne has been responsible for running Pathway International, which supplies specialty healthcare ingredients to brand marketers and contract manufacturers for products which are used by customers of the complementary healthcare industry.
Justin Howden - Swisse - Head of Government Relations, Public Policy and Community Engagement
Justin leads the Swisse portfolio of Government Regulations, Public Policy, Scientific Development and Community Engagement. His prior roles have included Marketing, Sales, NPD and Asia Management roles with Kraft, Goodman Fielder and Fonterra, as well as leading the Victorian Government’s trade and investment attraction team for Asia. Justin is on the Board of the European Australia Business Council, and was previously National President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council and the Australia Philippines Business Council and on the Board of Swinburne Ventures, the University’s external Board for research commercialisation.
Paul Mannion - Blackmores - Director of Innovation
Experienced Director of Innovation with a demonstrated history of working in the natural medicine, health and wellness industry. Skilled in Product Development, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Clinical Research, Medical Education and Strategic Planning. Strong product management professional with a deep understanding of the intersection between modern science and traditional medicine, with a Post Grad Cert focused in Pharmaceutics and Drug Design from University of New South Wales. Extensive experience as a Director of Complementary Medicines Australia leading regulatory reform agenda.
Nathan Cheong - BioCeuticals and Global Therapeutics (Fusion and Oriental Botanicals) - Managing Director
With more than 18 years
of experience in the complementary medicine industry, Nathan is a
qualified Naturopath and Herbalist, holding degrees in Health Science,
Science and Social Work, graduating with majors in Biochemistry and
Psychology. Prior to joining BioCeuticals in 2012, Nathan was the
General Manager of Herbs of Gold, a subsidiary of Vita Life Science, and
prior to this Nathan was a practicing Naturopath in a busy Sydney
clinic and health food store. Nathan sits on the Complementary Medicines
Australia’s Complaints Resolution Panel and Practitioner Medicine
Technical Committee, and is a member of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management. In 2015 he
was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and recently climbed Mount
Kilimanjaro as part of Dr Charlie Teo’s Million$Mission to help Cure
Brain Cancer. Nathan is a keen endurance athlete and crossfiter who is
passionate about natural medicines and the role they play in
facilitating optimal health and wellness.
Ian Chant - Aker BioMarine Australia, General ManagerIan has had senior positions in public and private organizations since 1987. He has worked on Industry agendas with the Queensland State Government. He has been part of the Complementary Medicines Industry for more than 12 years. Throughout his career he has held positions in the Laboratory, Production Management, Sales & Marketing, Business Development and General Management. For over eight years he ran his own Management Consultancy providing advice on Strategic Management as well as lecturing at Universities and Leadership Development programs.
Ian has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Chapter Leader of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, a Diploma Member of the Institute of Brewing (Master Brewer) and holds a degree in Applied Science and Post Graduate qualifications in Applied Science and Business Administration.