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Leadership Team

Chris Van Niekerk

Chris Van Niekerk

Managing Director

Chris joined Perrigo Australia in April 2016. Previous roles include that of CEO Douglas Pharmaceuticals New Zealand, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of  iNova Pharmaceuticals with  responsibilities in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, North Asia and South Africa. Chris has extensive experience with Branded Prescription Products,  Generics, OTC’s, Consumer Health Care products  in Development, Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing. Chris qualified as a Pharmacist in South Africa and also has a Bsc Hons in Pharmacology and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership.

Rachel Boden

Rachel Boden

RN; RM; Grad Dip CHN; Med Aust. Accrd
Director Sales and Marketing Ethical & B2B

Reporting to the Managing Director, Rachel joined Perrigo Australia in 2011. Rachel has over 28 years in the Health Care sector predominantly within the hospital ethical area and has developed an understanding of market dynamics and strategies for new product development. Prior to joining Perrigo she had significant sales management/marketing experience obtained in previous roles with large multinational pharmaceutical companies. Overall responsibility is to drive existing and new business initiatives through the Rx and Specialty therapeutic categories throughout Pharmacy, hospital and contract manufacturing channels by maximizing the rich and diverse portfolio of products with the Perrigo portfolio.

 Stewart Walton

Stewart Walton

BSc Chemistry
Head of Scientific Affairs

Joined Perrigo December 2007.Worked in industry since 1992.  Experience includes Operations Manager at CollTech Australia, Quality Operations Manager for 2½ years at Chemeq Limited, Technical Design Engineer for 6 months at Clinical Cell Culture, Director Technical Support at Pharmacia Europe for 2½years, and various roles at Pharmacia Australia for 9 years including Technical Support Manager and Validation Manager. Responsible for the management and administration of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, GMP compliance, Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs. 

 Cathy Howat

Cathy Howat

BSc Engineering (Elec), Dip. Supply Chain Management
Head of Operations and Supply Chain

Joined Perrigo in 2006. Worked in industry since the late 1980's. Work experience includes 20 years in manufacturing in the Fast Moving Consumer Food (FMCG) and Pharmaceutical sectors. Previously held management positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Planning and Logistics. Responsible for purchasing, production planning, warehousing and distribution. 


Roald Muller

Roald Müller

Masters degree in Industrial Psychology
Head of Human Resources 

Joined Perrigo April 2009. Experience includes 18 years in human resources in banking, financial services, health services and pharmaceuticals. Experience includes working in senior human resources and management roles since 1998 for Australian and overseas companies in areas specialising in Organisational development, Industrial relations, performance management, organisational psychology, training and development and general human resource duties.



Jenny Woodward

B.Bus, CA, MBA
Head of Finance & Company Secretary
Jenny joined Perrigo Australia in August 2016. Jenny has worked within the accounting arena for 18+ years and has held various financial, commercial and leadership positions at blue chips companies, including Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, Novartis, Lend Lease Group, Coca-Cola Amatil and Pfizer. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a registered CA through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. In addition to being a company officer, she is responsible for leading and coordinating all financial operations of Perrigo Australia as well as overseeing the Information Technology team.


Leanne Brydon

B. Appl. Sc. (Food & Nutrition), M. Bus. (Marketing)
Sales and Marketing Director

Leanne joined Perrigo in April 2016. Leanne commenced her pharmaceutical career with Bristol Myers Squibb and has worked for many multinational pharmaceutical companies including Wyeth, Pharmacia, Schering-Plough and MSD holding executive level marketing positions through to General Management and Directorships. Leanne has successfully managed OTC and prescription healthcare brands on a national, Asia-Pacific and global level with specific experience in implementing consumer healthcare brands in Australia, China, South Korea and throughout South East Asia in a variety of distribution channels, including pharmacy & grocery.
Leanne holds an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Marketing.


Gurmeet Singh Bedi

Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy (Hons. In Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Head of Quality – EVS Products

Joined Perrigo Australia on 1st September 2016. Gurmeet is a qualified Pharmacist and has been working in the Pharmaceutical industry for more than 31 years. He has extensive experience in research & development, formulations, validations, technical transfers, quality and cGMP compliance. Gurmeet has obtained skills in conducting due diligence and auditing contract manufacturers for technical feasibility and product acquisition. He is a green belt in Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma. Prior joining Perrigo he was a Regional Technical Director of  iNova Pharmaceuticals (A Valeant Company) with  responsibilities in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and South Africa.


Debra McCready

BSc Chemistry
Head of Quality Operations
Debra joined Perrigo in January 2005. Debra has over 24 years experience in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry across a broad range of dosage forms including solid oral dose, sterile, liquids, creams and ointments in Europe and Australia for Celltech and Orion / Perrigo Australia. She worked in Development, Quality Control and Quality Assurance and in a variety of management roles.

Chris Beard

Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Manager: External Value Stream
Chris Beard joined Perrigo in May 2014. His experience includes 24 years as a Supply Chain and Manufacturing Professional with extensive management experience and experience within Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Hi-Tech and FMCG operations. Chris is responsible for managing the External Value Stream, Procurement function and Warehouse and Logistics functions within Perrigo Australia. 


Mark Hutchings

B.Pharm, M.Pharm & Graduate Certificate in Health Economics
Head of New Product Development Licensing

Mark joined Perrigo in September 2016. Mark started his professional carrer at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, as a pharmacist before entering academia to teach Pharmacy undergraduate students. During this time Mark obtained his Master of Pharmacy degree. Mark moved to Sydney in 1988 to work for Bayer, later becoming Regulatory Affairs Manager for RousselUclaf, Scientific Affairs Director for Hoechst Marion Roussel and then Health Economics/Regulatory Affairs Director for Aventis (now Sanofi). Mark worked for Douglas Pharmaceuticals and iNova before joining Generic Health (Lupin) in 2014 as Business Development Manager.