Mr Kilmister was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ALS Limited, the global provider of laboratory testing, inspection, certification and verification solutions from 2005 until his retirement in July 2017. He is recognised as the pivotal force in the growth and transformation of ALS from a diversified industrial group to a globally respected Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) player and an ASX100 company. During his tenure ALS’s market cap grew from $381 million in 2005 to over $3 billion in 2017 and the staff numbers increased from approximately 4,000 to over 13,000 worldwide when he retired.
He has vast experience in operating laboratory focused businesses in the Environmental, Food, Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences, Minerals, Energy and Industrial sectors in more than seventy countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.
His extensive Board and Joint Venture experience in Australia and internationally will be invaluable to HRL as it looks to grow its operations currently based in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Steve Howse
Mr Steve Howse was a former shareholder and director of the recently acquired Analytica Laboratories Limited. He continues his role with Analytica as a General Manager with a particular responsibility for strategy, customers, and business development.
Mr Howse has an honours degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University, and has over 25 years’ executive experience working in NZ science and technology businesses, with a focus on agribusiness and commercial analytical testing. He was a director of Synlait Farms Ltd leading up to its sale in 2014, and is currently the Deputy Chair of Wintec in Hamilton, NZ.
Mr James Todd
James Todd is an experienced company director, corporate adviser and investor. He commenced his career in investment banking and has taken active roles in a range of private and public companies. He was until recently Managing Director of Wolseley Private Equity, an independent private equity firm he co-founded in 1999.
James is currently a Non-Executive Director of two other ASX listed companies, IVE Group Limited and Coventry Group Limited.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), where he is a Fellow. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Richard Stephens
Richard Stephens is a Chartered Accountant with senior executive experience at ASX-listed companies in the Testing, Inspection & Certification (TIC) and Banking & Finance sectors.
From 2010 to 2018 he was Chief Financial Officer of ALS Limited – the global provider of laboratory focused TIC services. Richard has a deep knowledge of the value drivers in the industry and was heavily involved in extensive acquisition and funding activities at ALS during that time. Previously he held senior finance roles with Suncorp and Metway Bank.
He has wide-ranging financial governance experience with businesses spanning multiple jurisdictions. In particular, Richard’s expertise in the areas of capital management, debt and equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and financial instruments will be invaluable as HRL seeks to expand its existing operations.
Mr Alex White
Mr White is a Director of Richmond Hill Capital (“RH Capital”) and is jointly responsible for managing the RH High Conviction Fund. RH Capital has been invested in HRL for six years and is HRL’s largest shareholder.
Mr White has over fourteen years of corporate and investment management experience and prior to co-founding RH Capital, he was jointly responsible for the portfolio management of the VF High Conviction Fund at Viburnum Funds for six years (now the RH High Conviction Fund).
Mr White joined Viburnum following over three years with Cooper Investors, a privately owned specialist investment manager, where he focused on investment research for the successful CI Australian Equities Fund and CI Brunswick Fund. He previously gained industry experience working for Fletcher Building as a Strategy Analyst and as a Credit Analyst for ratings agency Standard and Poor’s.