Our Team

President Leigh: Kite Contracting

Leigh is a highly experienced senior executive and marketing professional with broad experience in the cosmetics sector both domestically and internationally.

Her career in the beauty industry began in Tokyo where she worked as a translator for a Japanese importing company. Returning to New Zealand she held a number of marketing roles with international brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Nina Ricci and Revlon.

In 2000 she had a career change, moving to the natural health industry firstly with Healtheries, and then Blackmores.

She went on to hold CEO and General Manager positions with well-known New Zealand brands Artemis and Comvita where she was able to combine her love of the natural health and beauty sectors, developing natural skincare ranges for export markets.

Leigh now runs her own consultancy business specializing in the natural health and beauty sectors.

She has been a Director of Natural Health Products New Zealand since 2012.

 

Immediate Past President:  Angela Buglass AB Consulting

Having spent 15 years in the United Kingdom, Angela returned to New Zealand in 2014 and joined Trilogy Natural Products as Managing Director. Her last role in the United Kingdom was Vice President Marketing for LF Beauty, part of the global sourcing giant Li & Fung, with a core focus on brand growth and development within the United Kingdom and Asia.
Angela’s career in the beauty industry began in New Zealand and includes roles with leading players Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal and Estée Lauder (working on the AVEDA brand). She has worked across the cosmetics, skincare/spa, haircare/salon and fragrance categories, with functional experience encompassing sales, brand marketing, product sourcing/new product development, merchandising and display and new market expansion.

Vice President Claire Quin Alaron Products Ltd

Claire has over 16 years of experience working within the health food, complementary medicines and personal care sector in a variety of roles including Quality, Technical, Sales and Marketing, Business Development and Management. Claire currently holds the position of General Manager for Alaron Products Limited, a GMP Certified Contract Manufacturer of health supplements and natural skincare. Claire brings a practical and operational perspective to the Cosmetics New Zealand executive team. Her understanding of customer requirements, market access constraints and regulatory environments helps to strengthen the breadth of knowledge on the executive team for the ever increasing and broad range of member companies.

Members of the Executive

Marie-Ann Billens Estee Lauder Companies Ltd

Marie-Ann Billens is the General Manager of Estée Lauder Companies, a role she has held for the past 15 years.  Her tenure with Estee Lauder Companies spans 28 years having worked in Australia and Asia in a variety of roles encompassing training and brand management.
Marie-Ann is a trustee of Look Good Feel Better, our cosmetic industry charity and a long standing trustee and previous chair of the Breast Cancer Foundation. She is an avid reader and keen theatre goer who enjoys spending the weekend boating on the Hauraki Gulf.

 

Rebecca McLeod Made 4 Baby

Valerie Riley Revlon/Elizabeth Arden (NZ) Ltd

Valerie has been Elizabeth Arden’s General Manager for the past 21 years and since 2017 is also General Manager of Revlon following the acquisition of the Elizabeth Arden brand.   She has worked in the cosmetic industry for over 25 years.
Valerie was the CTFA president from 2008 to 2010 and was on the board of Look Good Feel Better until this year (2018).
Valerie emigrated from her native France, with a French law degree, to New Zealand with her kiwi husband in 1987.  Together they have one daughter.
Valerie remains a keen tennis player and enjoys many active pursuits.

Gaelle Thieme

After successfully achieving an MBA and French Master of Management, Gaelle kick-started her career working in product development in her home country of France. This was followed by moving to the United States and then finally relocating to her home of over 8 years, New Zealand.
Before joining Trilogy, Gaelle worked for global beauty giant L’Oréal in the NZ Consumer Product division across the full skincare portfolio. Her passion for her new home’s unspoilt environment led her to natural beauty player Trilogy where she leads product innovation & trade marketing.

Fleur Insley Skin Deep Ltd

Fleur has worked in the New Zealand beauty industry for over 20 years working for both a Global corporate and distributor in various Sales, Marketing and Management roles.  Fleur now owns a small business, Skin Deep, a New Zealand Manuka Honey skincare brand in the Beauty Therapy market. She also recently launched online retailer, Clean Beauty Collective in November 2018.

Lisa Friis Plantier Developments Ltd

 

Tracy Ahern BeeBio Ltd

 

Tracy was born in Zimbabwe and immigrated to New Zealand in 1993, she now proudly calls NZ her home. She has 28 years’ experience working in the professional beauty and cosmetics industry. Currently working as GM research and development for BeeBio limited, a natural skincare company, her role includes regulatory compliance, research and development of new products, establishing a subscription model, customer relationship management and developing a customer service team.

Executive Director Garth Wyllie

Administration Manager John Banks

Secretary Ramona Nand