Meet the team

Meet the ManukaLife team

Paul Callander / Managing Director

Paul has over 25 years of experience in executive positions, financing and investor relations in the US and Asia. He is also the Chair of the Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA).

Paul Kordic / Legal, IP & Contract

Paul has practised for over thirty-five years as a commercial lawyer, with an agricultural background. He focuses on the contracts and IP management of ManukaLife.

Kristian Pass / Chief Operations Officer

Kristian has twenty five years' experience spanning multiple industries. Kristian brings design, branding and ecommerce experience and a passion for process to the group. He also provides administration services to the Australian Manuka Honey Association.

Brett House / Business Development Director

Brett has over thirty five years’ experience across all scale-operations, B2B, D2C, production and general management. He has deep knowledge and expertise in brand establishment and product growth across both domestic and export markets.

Kathy Johnson / Accounting Manager

Kathy has a Bachelor of Business degree and over 30 years of commercial experience working in a diverse range of industries in managerial and advisory positions.

Corporate advisory

Lester Chan

As CEO of Fund Singapore, an equity-based and debt-based company that specialises in investing in startups, SMEs, publicly listed companies and real estate projects, Lester oversees the management and execution of strategies for the Company. Prior to this, Lester headed the investment strategies and operations of a private equity and venture capital firm.

Dr Clay Golledge

Dr Golledge is a Physician in Infection Management and a Clinical Microbiologist with 28 years of consultant experience. He completed his microbiology training at Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner and Fremantle Hospitals and in 1990 embarked on advanced training in Infectious Diseases at the City Hospital and Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He was instrumental in setting up the inaugural SCGH Infectious Diseases Service and the Hospital In The Home Service.


PAUL CALLANDER

STRATEGY

 

In Jan 2015 Paul Callander co-founded and became Managing Director at ManukaLife. Paul is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth and has twenty-five years’ experience in building companies from start-up to large profitable listed entities.

 

Paul started as a commercial pilot and graduated from the Western Australian Aviation Academy with a Senior Commercial Airline Pilots license. He served with several aircraft operations as a commercial pilot.

 

He spent ten years in Silicon Valley with a startup in semiconductor capital equipment manufacturing with Lam Research (NASDAQ – LRCX) where he was Vice President for Asia Pacific operations. Asia became a significant region for LRCX and Paul established offices, joint ventures, manufacturing, and was responsible for all operations in the region. On his departure, LRCX had a market cap of approx. US$1.5Bn

 

Paul subsequently moved to Singapore and founded software company Integrated Process and Retrieval Solutions (IPRS) Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He then merged this with a U.S. Software firm Optika Inc., a provider of electronic business solutions. Paul continued on as part of the executive management team as Vice President of Asia Pacific and listed the company on NASDAQ.

 

He joined Canadian start-up company Taleo Inc to establish Asia Pacific operations, initially in Sydney. Recruited as Managing Director, Paul had full responsibilities for all operations throughout the region. Taleo became the global leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) for Talent Management Solutions. He was a part of the executive team when Taleo listed on NASDAQ. Taleo was acquired by Oracle for US$1Bn.

 

Paul became aware of the current and growing demand for Manuka honey and, together with Tony Woods, embarked on establishing a Manuka honey industry. Their vision extends beyond the production of honey to the establishment of apiary businesses, product manufacturing, plant breeding and intellectual property, research and development etc.

 

Paul’s extensive corporate experience with establishing and growing viable companies, developing strategic partnerships, capital raising, investor relations, manufacturing, joint ventures, and distribution and marketing agreements has been invaluable to the successful foundation and growth of ManukaLife Pty Ltd

 

Board positions and corporate experience:

  • Non-Executive Director, Zyber Holdings Ltd
  • Non–Executive Director, Fortune Minerals
  • Managing Director, Taleo Asia Pacific
  • Founding Director, Integrated Process and Retrieval Solutions (IPRS) Asia Pacific Pty Ltd Singapore
  • Vice President Asia Pacific, Lam Research Corporation USA
  • Chairman, Australian Manuka Honey Association

 

Qualifications:

  • Senior Commercial Airline Pilots Licence, Royal Aviation Academy

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PAUL KORDIC

IP & CONTRACT

 

Paul has practised for over 35 years as a commercial lawyer. He is the Legal Practice Director at Strand Legal, a boutique law firm in Western Australia.  He assists many clients in the agri-business and family business sectors.

 

Paul is an accredited adviser with Family Business Australia (FBA), a board member of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce in Western Australia and past Vice President of the Australasian Chapter of the International Wine Law Association.

 

Board positions and corporate experience

  • Board Member, Australian Manuka Honey Association
  • Board Member, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, WA
  • Vice President, Australasian Chapter of the International Wine Law Association

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Notary Public