Meet Our Board

Stuart McLauchlan

Chairman and Independent Director

BCom, FCA(PP), A.F.Inst.D | Dunedin, Appointed Director 2007

Stuart McLauchlan is a Senior Partner of GS McLauchlan & Co Business Advisors and Accountants, a prominent businessman and company director. Stuart McLauchlan is a Director of Scenic Circle Hotels Ltd, Dunedin International Airport Ltd, Dunedin Casinos Ltd, Aurora Energy Ltd, AD Instruments Pty Ltd, City Forests Ltd, Delta Utility Services Ltd and several other companies. He is also Chairman of the NZ Sports Hall of Fame, Chairman of Pharmac Ltd, Chairman of UDC Finance Ltd, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Otago and a member of the National Executive of the Institute of Directors.

Chris Hopkins

Managing Director

BCom, CA | Dunedin, Appointed Director 2001

Chris Hopkins joined the Donaghys Group, which included SCOTT Technology Ltd, in 1994 as Corporate Services Manager. In 1996, he assumed responsibility for finance and administration for the company and oversaw the transition to a publicly listed company in 1997. He was appointed a Director of SCOTT Technology Ltd in August 2001 and Managing Director in 2006.

Brent Eastwood


Brisbane, Appointed Director 2016

Brent Eastwood was appointed Chief Executive Officer of JBS Australia in September 2012. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer for JBS Australia (Northern). Brent has extensive international experience in business leadership, and the sales and marketing of animal protein. He has worked in executive roles within JBS USA including Head of JBS Trading Worldwide, Vice-President Beef Sales USA and President of JBS Carriers USA. His prior experience in Australia included time with JBS’ predecessor company, Australia Meat Holdings, as General Manager of AMH Trading Division for five years, eight years in meat trading with the DR Johnson Group and three years as CEO of the ConAgra Trade Group in Sydney. Brent entered the meat industry in New Zealand in 1984 and spent five years there in management roles including Production, Quality Assurance, Cold Storage, Operations and Payroll.

Edison Alvares


Brisbane, Appointed Director 2016

Edison Alvares has over 20 years experience in major companies within Brazil and on a global scale. He holds an Economics degree and Business Administration degree, and concluded his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in 2015 at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His area of expertise is Finance and Controlling. For the past nine years Edison Alvares has led the Finance and Administration team of JBS Australia, from the first stages of JBS’s ownership and expansion in 2007, through to the consolidated business today of over 13,000 employees and revenue in excess of AU$7 Billion. Prior to joining JBS in 2005, in Brazil, he was employed in finance and controlling roles within the telecommunications and capital goods sectors.

Andre Nogueira


USA, Appointed Director 2016

Andre Nogueira is President and Chief Executive Officer of JBS USA®, the North American and Australian subsidiary of JBS SA®, and the second largest global food company in the world. JBS USA® also holds a majority interest in Pilgrim’s Pride®, the second largest poultry company in the U.S. Mr. Nogueira assumed the role of CEO on Jan. 1, 2013. Mr. Nogueira began his career with JBS in 2007, serving as Chief Financial Officer through 2011. He then served as CEO of JBS Australia® throughout 2012. Prior to working for JBS®, Mr. Nogueira worked for Banco do Brasil in corporate banking positions in the U.S. and Brazil. Mr. Nogueira currently serves on the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation® Board of Directors, the Scott Technology Limited® Board of Directors, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Board of Directors, the NAMI Executive Committee and Rabobank’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board. He has an MBA from Funcado Don Cabral, a Master’s in Economics from Brasilia University, a B.A. in Economics from Federal Fluminese University, and has completed the Chicago Booth Advanced Management Program.

John Berry

Alternate director for Andre Nogueira

John is a Director and Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, of JBS Australia Pty Limited, Australia’s largest meat processor and feedlot operator. JBS Australia is part of JBS the world's largest animal protein business headquartered in Sao Paulo Brazil.

John has been involved in the Australian Meat Industry for over 18 years, and has responsibility for industry, government and corporate relations activities within the JBS Australia business. He has also had responsibility for mergers, legals and environmental operations.

He possesses a Bachelor of Business Finance and Masters of Business Administration.

John is married with one daughter.

Derek Charge


B.Juris, LLB, LLM | Appointed March 2019

Derek Charge is non-executive director of the New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research. From his previous experience in various executive roles with BlueScope Steel Limited, he brings a background in heavy manufacturing, mining and minerals processing, and logistics and port operations. As Vice President - Minerals of New Zealand Steel he led the six-fold growth of NZ’s ironsand exports, as well gaining significant experience in the coal, vanadium, shipping and steel industries.

Prior to joining BlueScope, Derek Charge was a partner of nationwide Australian law firm, Sparke Helmore, specialising in mineral resource development and environmental planning law.

Derek Charge holds Bachelor’s degrees in Jurisprudence and Law, and a Master’s degree in Media, IT and Telecommunications Law, all from the University of New South Wales. He has also carried out extensive tertiary study in physics and in agricultural sciences.

John Thorman

Interim Director

John Thorman is the Managing Director of TMF Group New Zealand and a director of a number of other overseas owned New Zealand businesses.  John has had a successful career with leading global professional services firms working in Europe and New Zealand as well as holding the position of CFO of an internet start-up.  John has considerable experience in assisting companies expand into new markets, acquire and integrate businesses and maintain compliance globally.


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