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.
CMA Vice President
Paula Hann has worked for Metagenics ANZ for over 17 years. During this time she has worked in various roles in sales and marketing on both the Practitioner and retail side of the business. In her time at Metagenics ANZ Paula has been responsible for multimillion dollar marketing budgets, and played an integral role in the marketing and promotion of leading retail brands like Inner Health and Ethical Nutrients.
Paula and her team have lead the delivery to market of industry first probiotics and novel delivery systems of natural medicines. Paula has also played a key role in driving the growth of market leading Practitioner brand, Metagenics, and is proud of the industry leading education for healthcare professional that Metagenics provides. She is a passionate advocate for the industry and believes that natural medicine is the medicine of the future, and it’s role will only become more important as we battle to address the rising tide of chronic disease.
John Bylicki - CEO Proprietor at Go Vita Stanthorpe, Go Vita Warwick
John is an experienced board director at a National level. John is past President of the local Chamber of Commerce and experienced small business owner since 2000 and involved with a number of Community groups. John is passionate about the power of community and the potential of social wellness.
Carl Gibson - Complementary Medicines Australia, Chief Executive Officer
Zephanie Jordan, Chief R&D and Quality Officer at Pharmacare Laboratories
Zephanie has worked in the Consumer Healthcare industry for more than 25 years in Australia and overseas. She has experience leading and balancing regulatory compliance, innovation and policy influence in healthcare, food, cosmetic and chemical companies.
She has worked for RB, J&J, GSK, Boots Healthcare, Faulding and P&G. She has also worked for ASMI (now CHPA) as Scientific Director and it was during this time that she collaborated with the former Complementary Healthcare Council (CHC) on a range of issues. In 2004-5 she was an independent consultant and was contracted by the TGA to work on the Complementary Medicines Evidence Guidelines. Zephanie holds qualifications in Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Wine Science. She is an advocate for self-care, championing policy reform to drive proportionate regulation and incentives for innovation.
Michael Bracka - Chief Executive Officer, Integria
Michael joined Integria Healthcare in January, 2019. Originally from Victoria, Australia, Michael is a proven business leader both domestically and internationally, with a track record of driving profitable growth in highly competitive consumer product markets in Australia, Asia (particularly China) and North America. Michael commenced his career in sales and marketing at Mars Confectionary and since then has held senior leadership positions with well-known brands and companies including, Benckiser (ANZ), P Z Cussons (Managing Director, ANZ), Kellogg’s (Managing Director, ANZ), Manassen Foods (CEO ANZ), Freedom Foods (CEO ANZ and then CEO North America based in California), and, most recently, Executive VP for A2 Milk China and Head of Emerging Markets for A2 Milk China, Southeast Asia and Middle East, based in Shanghai.
John O’Doherty, Head of Public Affairs, Blackmores Group
Prior to joining Blackmores in 2018, John worked for the Australian Government in a Senior Adviser capacity for the Health, Industry Innovation Science and Environment portfolios. John has also worked for financial consulting and law firms, and has covered federal politics as a member of the Press Gallery in Canberra.
Gulhan Demirci - Innovation and NPD Manager at NutriSmart Australia
Senior Manager in the areas of Product Development, Compliance and Regulations. With over 22 years of industry experience in a variety of R&D and commercialization areas mainly focused on Pharmaceuticals and Complementary Medicines.
Dr Michael Osiecki, PhD, BBE (Chemical), BBiotech (Hons)
Dr Michael is the Managing Director of Bio Concepts and the second generation of Osiecki biochemists. With scientific prowess and a passion for the industry, Dr Michael is at the forefront of education in nutritional medicine.
Nick Mann- Managing Director, Swisse Wellness(H&H Group)
Nick is an accomplished Managing Director, Sales Director, Marketing Director. Nick is most proud of his achievements in the Leadership and Development of the diverse teams that he has worked with. Nick has worked across the Technology, Wellness (vitamins, infant milk powder, IMF, baby formula) general FMCG and alcohol industries and across most of The Asia Pacific Region(SEA) and Nth America. Nick is currently working extensively with the Australian Chinese community, the Australian Diagou / export industry and across Mainland China.
Frank Caruso - Executive Chairman & Founder, Caruso’s Natural Health
Frank Caruso has been involved within the health food industry for about 29 years. First as a Consumer, then a health food retailer, a publisher and now a wholesaler/manufacturer. Most who know Frank within the industry would agree that nobody has had quite the versatilely as he has had over the last 30 years. The secret to his success in industry is based on lots of hard work, which is driven by a special passion for the health food Industry. This passion is just as strong today as it was the first time he walked into Russell's Health Store back in 1978. Frank has seen a lot of changes over the years, some he likes and some he doesn’t, but he does know one thing for certain, the best is yet to come and he’s excited.
Peter is an experienced executive who has held roles as: Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, Sales and Marketing Director and Chief Financial Officer (ASX Listed Company),with 20+ years’ experience in senior executive roles within the Vitamins and Dietary Supplements / Healthy Foods industries. Peter is currently the Managing Director / CEO of Designs For Health Australia and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of a "start up".
Rachel Carter - Head of Sales and Marketing, SFI Health
Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing with a passion for natural health and leadership. In 2016 Rachel merged her passions and entered the world of contract manufacturing heading up the Nutraceuticals division for Australian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing where her team managed and serviced Swisse and Blackmores before joining Frank Caruso at Carusos Natural Health on his Leadership Team in 2018.
Rachel first started her career, after studying Sales and Marketing, in retail where she was the youngest manager within the Organisation at the age of 19. She then went onto follow her business to business ambitions in FMCG where she enjoyed 10 wonderful years moving through the ranks from Sales Representative through to Marketing Manager, before becoming a mother to 2 beautiful girls.
Her strength in leadership combined with her sales, marketing
negotiation and strategy skills is what drives her every day to make a
difference in her people, herself and the industry she represents.
Andrew O’Keefe - Vita Life Sciences Managing Director
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience within the complementary medicine and pharmaceutical industries. Andrew is currently the Managing Director for Vita Life Sciences, a listed company on the Australian stock exchange. Vita Life Sciences is a multinational healthcare company that formulates and distributes a range of vitamins and supplements, including Herbs of Gold and VitaHealth brands, across Australia and South East Asia.