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Jane Lancaster, MNZM, CMInstD, B.Sc(Hons) - Partner and Consultant

Jane is a founding partner of Catalyst® Ltd. Jane has 30 years’ experience in innovation in the food and agriculture industry. She has experience with primary food production and processing; food safety, food regulations and food exporting; and biotechnology, extracts and nutraceuticals.

Jane has deep experience in strategic analysis and feasibility studies. Jane is currently a Board member on Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge and is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Her education was at Canterbury University (B.Sc. Hons 1st class) and she is a professional member of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. Jane was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2006 for services to commercialising innovation.

Mobile:+64 27 227 3666
Email Address: Jane Lancaster

Wymond Symes, MSc - Partner and Consultant

After a career in medical research and in the dairy industry, Wymond became interested in resource efficiency and product development. Wymond has been a sustainability consultant for 11 years. His areas of expertise include strategy and sustainability frameworks and reporting, stakeholder engagement, carbon accounting (operational carbon inventories and product LCA). Wymond has performed environmental footprinting for New Zealand and Australian companies, from large corporates to SMEs. Wymond also continues to work closely with the dairy industry through the management and development of nutritional products.

Wymond holds an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Auckland. He is a certified GRI reporting practitioner and an approved consultant for the CarbonZero programme.

Mobile:+64 27 560 8776
Email Address: Wymond Symes

Kimberly Robertson, M ForSc - Consultant

Kimberly has been involved in research and development in New Zealand and internationally. She has a specialist knowledge of national and international climate change policies and land use carbon accounting systems and is a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reviewer for UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. More recently her work has focussed on the use of life cycle thinking and assessment of products and services to improve their environmental impact.

Kimberly has a BSc from Otago University and a Masters of Forestry Science (1st class honours) from Canterbury University. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Forestry. Kimberly has also undertaken post graduate study in Life Cycle Assessment at Massey University.

Mobile:+64 27 220 4417
Email Address: Kimberly Robertson

Dennis Thomas, B.Tech, Dip.Bus.Admin, FNZIFST - Consultant

Dennis has been involved with the food industry, in New Zealand and Australia, for over 35 years primarily in industrial research and development, quality assurance and technical management roles. Dennis's most recent role was 6 years as Principal Food Technologist at Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). He also worked 5 years in tertiary education roles related to the food industry at the Central Institute of Technology and Massey University.

Dennis's education was at Massey University (B.Tech and post-graduate Dip.Bus.Admin) and he is a Fellow and past President of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Mobile: +64 21 253 5198
Email Address: Dennis Thomas

Benjamin Canaguier, MSc - Consultant

Ben brings to Catalyst skills as an environmental engineer. Benjamin’s expertise includes:

  • Eco-design and innovation
  • Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprinting
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
  • Training and communication

Ben holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from ESSTIN (Superior School of Sciences and Technologies of Nancy) and spent one year in Denmark at the DTU (Denmark Technical University) studying at both its Environment and Civil Engineering Departments.

Email Address: Benjamin Canaguier

Gerard McEvilly, BSc (Hons), MBA - Associate, Sydney

Gerard is an agribusiness innovation manager with an extensive knowledge of supply chain, climate change and sustainability issues in Australia, with a particular focus on horticulture. Gerard has a strong interest in education and training. He lectures part-time at Sydney University and has managed a Federal rural training program.

Gerard has a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science from the University of Nottingham, UK, majoring in Horticulture and Environmental Physics and recently completed an MBA (Technology Management) through LaTrobe University.

Mobile:+61 40 904 7117
Email Address: Gerard McEvilly