We are a small dedicated team focussed on promptly answering and responding to your enquiries for raw materials for the Nutraceutical, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Homecare, Animal Health, Food & Beverage and NZ and Pacific Natural Products sectors.
Mike Alston, Managing Director
Mike holds qualifications in Metallurgy, Chemistry, Information Systems and Management.
He has held General Management and Managing Director roles since 1985 and is currently also Managing Director of award winning Molten Metals Industry supplier MetCast Services Ltd. Mike spent many years serving the foundry industry association, Casting Technology NZ Inc. He organised more international and national conferences than he cares to remember, and is past Chairman. Currently his hobbies include mentoring skilled immigrants to find meaningful work and sailing.
Damien Hond, Kaikaha Group COO
Damien is COO and shareholder in the kiwi owned Kaikaha Group that includes Hibiscus Solutions. He currently also holds the role of General Manager.
Damien brings significant experience within NZs Distribution market. 13 years with ExxonMobil where he was Country Manager Chemical, to time in resin manufacturer Nuplex and more than 10years as country manager for 2 of NZs largest Chemical and Ingredient distributors.
Damien has a passion for leading a motivated team that’s sole focus on providing solutions that our customers need to create the world leading products that abound in NZ. Providing solutions is even more keenly felt in this time of Covid.
Sonya Katu, Business Manager
Sonya has over 20 years’ experience in Personal Care, Homecare, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Animal Health sectors. She has been a member of NZSCC for over 15 years.
Ann Widanapathirana, Technical Sales ManagerAnn holds a Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Food Science from the University of Auckland, in addition to a Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago. She has worked in the industry for over 8 years and is always up to date on new key ingredients in the nutraceutical industry.
Carolyn Sutton, Business ManagerCarolyn has a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences (Hon) and has worked in the Food and Beverage Industry for over twenty years, firstly as a Sensory Analyst before shifting her focus to Ingredient sales 16 years ago. She has worked for some of NZ’s leading chemical and ingredient distributors and has significant experience in her field.
Paul Saggers, Business Development Manager
Paul recently joined HSL as Business Development Manager. Paul comes to this role with many years of experience, with a strong background in customer relationships, excelling in sales & providing top service to his customers. Paul has had a wide range of commercial/operational roles which includes Forestry Corp for 8years as Export/Distribution Mgr for all NZ operations before entering the chemical industry/distribution for 25 years starting with ICI Industrial as Account Manager.
Donna Buchanan, Customer Service and Logistics Manager
Donna has worked in the nutraceuticals industry for more than 17 years in a range of roles in Accounts, Costing, Foreign Currency, stock management, indent ordering and her favourite, Customer Service.
Donna is a skilled operator who likes to put the customer first and make everything run smoothly. Her industry experience puts her in the elite level of Customer Service and nothing is too much trouble for her.
Janine Thorpe, Customer Service and Logistics Manager
Janine has worked in the chemical importing and distribution industry for over 20 years. Janine is responsible for supporting the sales staff to ensure seamless continuity to our customers, suppliers and service providers.
Chen Xiaotong, Compliance Manager
Chen Xiaotong holds a Masters Degree in Food Safety and has work experience in the Netherlands (Unilever) and China (DuPont). She has experience performing third party audits for ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 in China, and working in a manufacturing environment under GMP and HACCP schemes, as well as liaising closely with innovation, sales and regulatory departments on certain projects.
Kalyan Paruchuri, Quality Assurance Manager
Kalyan's Bio coming soon!
Steph Ferguson, Group Services Manager
Steph holds an Engineering Degree in Chemical and Materials from Auckland University.
Steph is currently on sabbatical studying at Auckland University. Before joining Hibiscus Solutions, Steph was General Manager of MetCast Services Ltd. Prior to that she worked in materials scientific research and as Technical Manager for a global manufacturing company.