Claire has over 20 years of experience working within the natural health food, complementary medicine and personal care sector. Claire has held positions across numerous areas of the sector, such as Quality, Technical, Sales and Marketing, Business Development and Management, demonstrating her extensive and comprehensive knowledge across crucial areas of the industry.
Claire currently holds the position of General Manager (Business Development) for Alaron Products Limited, a GMP Certified Contract Manufacturer of health supplements and natural skincare. Not only does Claire have a strong quality and technical focus she also brings a practical and operational perspective to any undertaking.
Claire studied Food Technology at Massey University where she graduated with honours. She also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from Massey University. Claire started her career in the Natural Health Products sector working with some of the first medical grade Manuka Honey developments, studying the quality of the honey from hive to processing and every stage in between. Claire’s work in this area contributed to the early specifications for medical grade and food grade honey.
Claire understands the importance and value an industry organisation provides and currently holds an executive position on the Natural Health Products New Zealand board. She is highly motivated and passionate about the Natural Health Products and Skincare sector. She is proud to work with innovative natural health ingredients, manufactured to the highest quality, for New Zealand and the rest of the world.
Rebecca is the co-founder of Made4Baby, a natural skincare company. Rebecca specifically designed for the sensitive skins of babies and children. After 14 years of manufacturing a New Zealand made skincare, Rebecca has made many contacts in the skincare industry in NZ. This led to her assisting Look Good Feel Better create a range of skincare products for their participants. She worked with the suppliers and manufactures to ensure a high-quality product was made in NZ and donated by the companies. Rebecca is also a part of the Events Committee of Cosmetics NZ which most recently organised the Mini Summit.
Tanya Abbott is the Group Corporate Communications & Public Affairs manager for L’Oréal New Zealand, a subsidiary of the world’s leading beauty company which has a unique portfolio of 36 diverse beauty brands and employs 85 000 people worldwide.
Tanya’s depth of expertise and knowledge in the beauty industry spans over several decades. She is viewed as a leader in her field for her integrity and as a strong advocate for sustainability and social impact programmes, including the empowerment of women working in science. Under Tanya’s leadership, the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship is highly regarded in New Zealand as a boost for early career female researchers.
Tanya has served Cosmetics New Zealand as the L’Oréal Board representative for over a decade and currently chairs the Sustainability committee. She also sits on the Food & Grocery Council executive Sustainability committee and is on the Board of Trustees for Look Good Feel Better.
NZ Country manager for Estee Lauder Group. Following an earlier career in the company, Teresa re-joined The Estee Lauder Companies in 2009 as Sales and Marketing Manager, Jo Malone London, and over the past 12 years, she has taken on roles of increasing responsibility within the New Zealand Affiliate, including Marketing Manager, Estée Lauder and Brand General Manager, Estée Lauder. In 2016, Teresa added responsibility for TOM FORD BEAUTY to her role, leading the successful launch of the brand in the New Zealand market, whilst continuing to deliver outstanding business results for the Estée Lauder brand.
Most recently Teresa expanded her responsibility to incorporate Clinique into her brand cluster, leading a strong turnaround in brand performance that focused on strategic priorities and re-directing investment to high growth opportunities.
Teresa has been instrumental in structuring and developing high-performing teams across Sales, Education and Marketing functions, through her agility, collaborative leadership skills and commitment to delivering consumer-inspired strategies. Her transformational approach has resulted in successive years of growth for her cluster of brands and has significantly contributed to the success of the wider NZ Affiliate. Her 15+ years’ experience in the beauty industry, coupled with her deep understanding and connection with ELG brands and business both locally and globally, perfectly positions Teresa to continue to build upon the company’s strong partnerships in the New Zealand market.
Fleur has worked in the New Zealand beauty industry for over 20 years working for both a Global corporate (L’Oréal New Zealand) and distributor in various senior 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. Fleur is Vice Chair for 22/23 year.
Stacey Fraser (DipFormChem)
Design Practice Teaching Fellow School of Product Design, Chemical Formulation Degree University of Canterbury
Connecting innovation, creativity and curiosity for formulations, products and brands that stand out from the crowd.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the beauty and cosmetics industry, Stacey Fraser knows what it takes to take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary. Armed with innovative ideas and using expressive and creative processes, her ambition is driven by others’ successes. She’s a self-confessed personal care addict, and proud of it.
Having developed knowledge and expertise in all facets of the supply chain, Stacey understands the importance of supporting the formulation and launch of the next iconic product with a water-tight supply chain process and an impactful communications strategy.
Specifically, she has worked in roles from customer service to sales and marketing, communications, operations, logistics, packaging, concept and product development, ingredients-sourcing, manufacturing, compliance and regulations. In other words, she’s an industry all-rounder.
Career highlights include formulating products for one of New Zealand’s leading skincare brands, Trilogy, and starting her own business to help other brands bring their own forward-thinking ideas to life.
Along with a collaboration partner with expertise in communications and operations, Stacey is soon to launch a new business designed to offer guidance and industry know-how for start-up self care businesses. The first of its kind in New Zealand, this platform is set to become a one stop shop helping to bring the best in new products to the world in an impactful way.
Stacey is passionate about following curiosity, anticipating trends, acknowledging sustainability, having a social conscience and – above all – being authentic.
“I have spent my life pursuing things that feed my curiosity for the world and what it has to offer, and I am always on the lookout for my next interesting project.”
Russ Baunton is the Managing Director of Crew Distributors, a privately owned salon distribution company. Russ was born in NZ but grew up in Canada, returning to complete his Masters in International Business and Strategic Management. He has a strong sales, marketing and management background in the pharmaceutical, sports and beauty industries. Russ has been a previous member of the executive of the CTFA, the Chairman of the Salon Marketers Group and on the board of Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation (HITO).
NZ Marketing Manager Prestige for Revlon/Arden. With an excellent track record of performance and consistent internal promotion within fast-paced global FMCG and advertising companies. My career spans 11 years managing top global brands in international environments. I am passionate about branding, communications and marketing strategies that create connections and ultimately outstanding business outcomes, and I find my daily inspiration in the people I work with.
With 25+ years’ experience across consumer brands, retail, export, product and business development, Angela has a passion for leading teams, business growth strategy and change management. Export experience from the UK and NZ to all markets including Europe, greater Asia and the USA. Extensive experience across all facets of investment, divestment within independent, multinationals and listed entities.
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 joined the Cosmetics NZ board when she was the CEO of Trilogy International Limited (TIL), which comprises of high-performing consumer brands: Trilogy Natural Products, ECOYA Home Fragrance and Goodness Superfood Skincare, alongside subsidiaries CS&Co Beauty Distribution and Lanocorp Skincare & Body care Manufacturing.
Under Angela’s leadership, the company was successfully acquired by CITIC Capital China Partners, the private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (CITIC Capital), in April 2018. This sale marked a momentous milestone for the company and New Zealand business on the world’s stage.
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 strategic leadership, change management, sales, brand marketing, product sourcing/new product development, merchandising and display and new market expansion.
Peter is a seasoned executive with extensive sales and marketing experience spanning large multinationals and start-ups. He has held senior management positions in the consumer goods/food sectors around the world, including 20 years in China. He started his career with Procter & Gamble, then had Asia regional leadership roles with Chiquitta Brands, Campbell Soup and Goodman Fielder. Most recently, he was Chief Sales Officer for TradeWindow Holdings, a NZX listed software company.
Garth has been the Technical Executive Director of in the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association (Cosmetics New Zealand) for 28 years.
In his role he represents the organisation in regulatory areas including international standards committees for cosmetics, sunscreens and manufacturing practices.
Garth represents New Zealand on the ISO’s Cosmetics Committee TC217 as New Zealand Standards sole representative. Garth also chairs the ISO mirror review group under Standards New Zealand to ensure that New Zealand is well represented in the development of all ISO Cosmetics standards and he serves on the CS 042 Joint Sunscreen Standards committee developing the AS/NZS 2604 2012 revision and published AS/NZS 2604 2021.
Garth provides Good Manufacturing Practice certification for Cosmetics. Garth has worked on the development of the GMP and Cosmetic Compliance Guides under HSNO and has been instrumental in the original development of the Cosmetic Group Standard with the EPA and its subsequent revisions.
Garth can also provide expertise in the application of advertising standards in New Zealand.