Our Team

Dr Andrew West BSc(Hons) PhD DBA
Dr West is an experienced in commercialising deep science businesses, following an extensive career in executive government and academic roles.

Nick Davenport (NZCE Mech Eng, Dip BIA, MBA)
Founder and Director, Sales and Marketing
Nick is a materials applications engineer founding Lanaco following many successful years heading up materials company Nexus Foams Ltd. Nick has 30 years experience in product innovation and entrepreneurialism with fibre and polymer materials for industrial applications.

Marc Michel 
CEO
Experienced Senior Executive and C level team member with a powerful portfolio of skills and achievements. Area of speciality includes productisation of technology, application of disruptive technologies, international distribution and making companies internationally competitive.

Adrian Barker (Dip Wool Tech, MBA)
Head of Commercial & IP
Adrian brings a wealth of practical experience in operations, marketing and general management and combines this with a solid grounding in wool technology to add value to the commercialisation of Lanaco technology.

Tony Moffat 
Head of Operations
Tony has more than 20 years experience in management and leadership roles in agri-business with companies of the calibre of Livestock Improvement Corporation, Seales Winslow and Lincoln University. Tony has gained experience and honed well-developed skills in manufacturing operations, procurement, logistics and relationship management and leverages his strong networks to achieve top results.

Andy Ramsden
Head of Farming Operations
Andy heads Lanaco’s farm-linked operations, breeding programme, control of breeding objectives, fibre supply chain quality and supplier relations. He brings a lifetime of successful sheep breeding experience to give Lanaco a mutually clear pathway of communications between producer, processor, scientist, manufacturer and end-user.

Dr. Shaun Tan (BE Hons, PhD)
Head of Technology
Prior to joining Lanaco, Shaun completed his PhD thesis on self-healing composite materials at the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials based in the University of Auckland. He has a strong interest in technology commercialisation and has been heavily involved in the Spark entrepreneurship program at the University of Auckland for several years.

Sonja Jekel (BE Hons)
Product Development Engineer
With her materials engineering based background, Sonja brings together the scientific findings of Lanaco technology to create and enhance products and processes.