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Service Foods

OUR BOARD
OF DIRECTORS

The Service Foods board and executive team are responsible for corporate governance, strategic direction, control of the company’s activities and execution of the strategy.

They are focussed on continuing to build shareholder wealth within a New Zealand owned and operated success story, whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism and performance.

ANEIL BALAR  BCom, MInstD
MANAGING DIRECTOR

When Aneil joined the family business, straight after completing a BCom in Accounting and Management at the University of Auckland, the growth Service Foods has seen is something he couldn't have imagined would eventuate. Fast forward 20 years and under Aneil’s leadership, Service Foods' revenue has grown by over 100x through both organic and inorganic strategies. Solving our customer's needs is a key driver for Aneil, as is building a great team and growing careers.

NIKUL BALAR   BCom
Director & Chief Technology Officer

Nikul joined Service Foods in 2006 after completing a BCom in Accounting and Management at the University of Canterbury. Day to day, Nikul now leads Digital, Technology, IT and Data for Service Foods. Having worked in all parts of the Service Foods' operation, Nikul has an inherent understanding of our systems, which are the backbone of the business. Watching the industry evolve at a rapid pace, drives him to use technology to solve its problems, at an equally quick pace.

STAN BALAR
FOUNDER & BOARD OBSERVER

After arriving in Christchurch in 1983, Stan founded what has now become one of NZ’s largest food distribution businesses. In 1993, Stan moved the business from a grocery shop into foodservice by establishing Balar Foods in Christchurch, which now features as one of Service Foods home brands. Today, Stan is an observer to the board of Service Foods and focuses his skills within the property arm of the group where he identifies sites, and works with the full spectrum of contractors to develop state of the art distribution centres.

ROSS BUCKLEY  BBS, FCA, FCPA CMinstD
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ross recently retired after 38 years with the Global accounting and consulting firm KPMG. In his last nine years, Ross was Executive Chairman of KPMG in New Zealand and a member of KPMG’s Asia Pacific Board and KPMG’s Global Council. During his career with KPMG he managed the firm’s Audit, Risk and Tax practices, in addition to the firms’ People, Performance and Culture function. Ross is a strong believer in the importance of education and strong governance practices and currently chairs the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors and the Massey School of Business Advisory Board. He is also a director of ASB Bank and an independent director of Stride Property.

CAROLYN MORTLAND  LLB, BA, MInstD
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carolyn has twenty years of experience in the food and beverage industry, holding positions in Fonterra such as corporate counsel, GM Foodservice Strategy and Director of Global Sustainability. She has a background in commercial law, including working at Chapman Tripp on initial public offers and mergers and acquisitions. Carolyn is a board member of the Tāwhaki Joint Venture and the Pause Breathe Smile Trust. She is also a member of the Zespri Sustainability Advisory Board and a Beachhead Advisor with NZTE where she helps embed sustainability into the strategy for many of New Zealand’s food and fibre exporting companies.

OUR NATIONAL
SUPPORT LEADERS

RICHARD CAMPBELL
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Richard joined Service Foods in 2021 and brings with him a broad range of strategy and corporate finance experience, from both within New Zealand, at NZTE & KPMG, and internationally in both China & the UK. Working with our ambitious team, Richard enjoys being part of New Zealand's developing food story and turning our Service Food's purpose into reality.

SUNEIL CONNOR
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Suneil has been with Service Foods since 2020 and loves being part of a company that's the connection between producers and chefs, the caretakers of great quality food. As well as being a chartered accountant, Suneil holds a number of governance roles and is notably a director of KiwiHarvest, The New Zealand Food Network, and Auckland Foundation.

LISA MO
GENERAL MANAGER - CATEGORY MANAGEMENT

Lisa has worked in a variety of industries prior to coming to Service Foods and brings a deep knowledge base to our category management team. Having been with Service Foods for 5 years, she loves the rapid pace of our industry and the product innovation we see in response to local and international trends.

VICTORIA MULHOLLAND
COMPLIANCE MANAGER

With a business administration and law background, Victoria has 10 years of compliance experience in both export and FMCG environments implementing Food Safety, Risk Management and HACCP programmes and plans. Having worked with Service Foods for over 5 years she loves our young, dynamic team who make things happen.

Ravi Patel   
General Manager - South Island

Fresh from the University of Canterbury in 2003, Ravi joined Service Foods in the original Christchurch packhouse, and in his words, "the rest is history". Ravi's intimate knowledge of our sector is second to none and he uses all he knows to coach and mentor others at Service Foods which is one of his job highlights.

BOBBIE SCHEURICH
GENERAL MANAGER - NATIONAL SALES

A chef by trade, Bobbie has worked in food service for over 15 years with the most recent 10 of those being at Service Foods. She loves how fast-paced the industry is, working with her customers both new and old and at Service Foods in particular she loves that our level of ambition matches hers.

CATHY YEE
NATIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Having worked for Service Foods for 12 years, Cathy, in her own words thinks “It has been and is, really exciting to watch Service Foods grow, from 2 branches to now nationwide”. Having grown up in her family’s takeaway shops, food is a big part of her life and she loves that hospitality never stops.

OUR BRANCH
LEADERS

SAM ANDERSON
GENERAL MANAGER - AUCKLAND FOOD SERVICE

WENDY MAY
SALES MANAGER - AUCKLAND

HARSHAD TAILOR
GENERAL MANAGER - AUCKLAND FRESH PRODUCE

SAURABH PATEL
SITE MANAGER - AUCKLAND IMPORTS

ARRON FROST
GENERAL MANAGER - HAMILTON

DEE MACLEOD
GENERAL MANAGER - TAURANGA

JADE SCHOLLUM
GENERAL MANAGER - GISBORNE

TODD GLORE
GENERAL MANAGER - NAPIER

BOB HANLIN
GENERAL MANAGER - WELLINGTON FOOD SERVICE

MARK BERNEY
GENERAL MANAGER - WELLINGTON BUTCHERY

JINE SABA
SITE MANAGER - WELLINGTON FRESH PRODUCE

VICTORIA FORBES
GENERAL MANAGER - MARLBOROUGH

EVAN FOX
SITE MANAGER - WESTPORT

TRACEY MEHRTENS
ACCOUNT MANAGER - GREYMOUTH

TRACEY WEALLEANS
GENERAL MANAGER - CHRISTCHURCH

SUSIE COLE
SALES MANAGER - CHRISTCHURCH