Our People

Meet the people who make up our global leadership

Scott is a truly global organisation, with over 600 employees across twelve countries. Meet the people leading our highly skilled team in transforming industries through automation and robotics.

Executive Leadership

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John Kippenberger

Chief Executive Officer

John joined Scott as CEO in late 2019 as an experienced business leader with a successful career as CEO of several international business-to-business and consumer branded companies. This has included time in Australia as CEO of several industrial companies of George Weston Foods Limited before leading their large meat & dairy organisation which included 1,200 people operating across seven factories.

After returning to New Zealand in 2006, John was a part-owner and the Chief Executive of Premier Beehive NZ Limited. More recently, John led the exponential growth and development of Manuka Health NZ Limited. This included expansion of the company’s agricultural and factory operations, along with an acquisition in Germany and the opening of company operations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and parts of South East Asia and China.

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Cameron Mathewson

Chief Financial Officer

Cameron was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2021. He has significant experience in leading business transformation and organisational performance improvement. Cameron has held a number of senior financial and commercial leadership roles with large listed companies and co-operatives in both the UK and New Zealand. This includes Chief Financial Officer for Alliance Group, a $2bn farmer-owned Red Meat co-operative where he was part of an executive team that drove a significant turnaround. Previously he has been Chief Financial Officer/General Manager Corporate Services for Brand Developers Ltd, Australasia’s leading Direct Response Television company, and also Commercial Finance Manager Sales and Marketing for Fonterra Brands. He has a Bachelor of Management Studies, Economics and Finance from the University of Waikato.

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Casey Jenkins

Director - Marketing & People

Casey joined the company in 2014 and manages the global Marketing and People functions of the Group. Responsible for the delivery of the overall Marketing, Communication and HR strategies for the Scott Group including all subsidiary companies and brands.

Casey’s role as Marketing Director includes communications, branding and marketing strategy. Her role also extends to cover the People side of the business, focusing on building a high-performance organisational culture, team values, employee branding and communication.

Prior to joining Scott, Casey held marketing roles in various business-to-business and consumer branded companies, including R&R Sport and Icebreaker.

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Tony Joyce

Regional Director - Americas

Tony has 25 years’ experience with Scott and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, being responsible for market development in the Americas. Prior to this, Tony was part of the Industrial Automation team, working with local industries, universities and government seed-funding bodies developing automated solutions for their businesses, as well as spending two years in China setting up a sales and service office to support the Asian market.

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Aaron Vanwalleghem

Regional Director – Europe

Aaron joined Scott in 2013 (then Alvey). Responsible for sales, engineering, operations and services in material handling, BladeStop and appliances for the European Market. Aaron was a key part and shareholder of the Alvey Group and joined Scott alongside the acquisition in 2018. During his time with Alvey, and now Scott, he has held many key positions within the company, including Project Manager, Head of PMA, Service Manager and Operations Manager. Aaron has a Master in Economics from the University of Leuven (BE).

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Cathy Zhang

Regional Director - China

Cathy joined Scott in 2007 and manages the operation of SSQ. Responsible for the sales, manufacturing and service of the sheet metal forming machine within China, and meanwhile providing the cost-saving parts and assembly for the Group.

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Twain Drewett

Regional Director - ANZ

Twain joined Scott in September 2020 and is responsible for the overall leadership of our ANZ business.

The majority of Twain’s professional career has been spent in the information solutions, industrial automation, and electrical controls business, working for global companies such as Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and General Electric. His broad-ranging contributions include driving client satisfaction through the forging of deep partnerships, superior business management, and excellence in product, project and aftermarket service delivery.

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Frederic Hermier

Director - Materials Handling & Logistics

Frederic has been involved in the Alvey business since 1995 in different sales positions. He is now responsible for the business development of Materials Handling & Logistics for the Scott Group globally.

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Andrew Arnold

Director - Meat Processing

Andrew is responsible for the development and commercialisation of Scott’s meat processing technology. He has been actively involved in this technology since it started seven years ago and is responsible for developing the patented technology which is recognised as world-leading in the field. Andrew has over 30 years' experience in working with automated machinery for Scott Technology. Andrew is also a Director of Robotic Technologies Limited and NS Innovations Pty Limited.

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Steve Russell

Director - Mining

Steve is responsible for Scott’s business development and growth in the mining sector, including applications in sample preparation, advanced sensing, automation and certified reference materials.

Steve has an engineering and computer science background and has extensive experience in implementing technology and innovation projects across the mining and metals industries globally.

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John Dalzell

Director - Appliances

John began his career with Scott in 1994 as a design cadet. Contributing to the design, commissioning and installation of many automation systems, John went on to be a Production Manager at an automation company in the baking industry before becoming their Operations Manager. In 2004, He returned to Scott to focus on growing bespoke automation sales and establishing our service business. John has worked alongside some of the worlds largest and most successful manufacturers over his 25+ years within our appliance business. As the Director of Appliances, He is responsible for the business development and growth of the appliance sector globally.

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Steve Henshaw

Director - Project Management

Steve has been a member of the Scott team for 19 years. Joining the company as a Project Manager in 2002, he has delivered many large-scale projects for geographically dispersed customers for the Appliance business.

Within Scott, Steve has had various roles including, Manager of Special Projects, Christchurch Operations Manager, Projects Director and now Group Manager – PMO. This role focuses on Project Management best practices while providing leadership and mentoring to the Project Management team. Steve also plays a key role in facilitating the company’s Work Force Planning activities which ensures project commitments are achieved.

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Michael Crombie

Interim Group Financial Controller

Michael joined Scott in 2019 and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities within the Scott group. Michael has gained a wide range of financial and business experience from working in a number of different industries and locations throughout his career to date.

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Claire Hogue

Group - HR Manager

Claire is an experienced Human Resources Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working across a wide range of different industries. Claire joined the Scott Group in 2017 as HR Advisor and is now the HR Manager for the Group.

Claire is a strong human resources professional with experience in Executive Search, Technical Recruiting, HR Policies, and change management.

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Werner Conradie

Group Health & Safety Manager

Werner joined Scott in 2021 and is responsible for driving and continuously improving the safety and wellbeing culture throughout the Scott Group.

Werner has delivered large health, safety, and wellbeing transformational projects within both public and private sectors. He has gained a wide range of experience working across South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand with large multinational corporations.