The SETEK Team

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

SETEK Therapeutics Advisory Board and Management Team at the 26-hectare site for SETEK’s operational plant in Taupo. Construction will commence late in 2019. (Pictured from left to right) Dr. Mike Nichols (Advisory Board, Horticultural Science), Jane Pearce (SETEK Finance & Administration), Mark Mees (CEO and co-founder), Hon Peter Dunne (Advisory Board Chair), David Pearce (Executive Director and co-founder), Dr. Denise Taylor (Advisory Board, Clinical Pharmacology) and Martin Gray (Advisory Board, Commercial M&A)

Hon Peter Dunne CNZM, FNZIM

Advisory Board – Chairman

Mr Dunne was the Member of Parliament for Ohariu for more than 30 years from 1984 to 2017. 

He was the leader of United Future from 2000 to 2017 and held responsibility for numerous ministerial posts over a number of years with Labour and National led governments; including most recently, Internal Affairs, Conservation and Health. 

Of particular note was Mr Dunne’s role in the passing of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2017 which amongst other things, significantly improved the availability and accessibility of CBD products . 

In August 2017, Mr Dunne announced his retirement from New Zealand politics, and in the 2018 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services as a member of Parliament.

Dr. Denise Taylor

Advisory Board – Clinical Pharmacology

Denise is a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington. She is an NZ qualified pharmacist, registered in the UK and NZ and has practice experience in community pharmacy, general practice, hospital pharmacy and academia. Denise is a long-time advocate of drug law reform and is deeply passionate about cannabis education.

Dr. Mike Nichols

Advisory Board – Horticultural Science

A former Senior Lecturer of Horticultural Science at Massey University, Palmerston North, Mike is without question one of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable horticultural scientists. He is also a long-time advocate of drug law reform, and has been called upon as an independent expert in dozens of cannabis court cases. Mike has also been involved in early international hemp and cannabis research across NZ and Europe, and is one of only around twenty five honorary members worldwide of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Martin Gray, B Com CA

Advisory Board – Commercial; M&A

Martin Gray is an Executive Director in Armillary Capital’s Auckland office and has over 25 years of corporate finance experience in Asia, New Zealand and Europe. 

He has advised on over 100 transactions with a total value exceeding US$1bn. Martin’s key areas of expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, business disposals, finance raisings, project finance, independent expert reports, valuations, and due diligence, with substantial listed and private company lead advisory experience.

Prior to joining Armillary Private Capital, Martin was head of M&A for EY in New Zealand. Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Business (Finance) from the University of Auckland. He also holds the CA qualification and a Certificate of Public Practice from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Mark Mees

Chief Executive Officer

Mark’s vision is to bring together a super talented and passionate team of scientists, medical and technical experts to build a successful international medicinal cannabis business and establish the ‘Gold Standard’ for the New Zealand cultivation and production of high quality medicinal cannabis products.

Mark brings with him a proven track record solving complex business problems to drive sustainable business improvement, and he offers a wide array of strategic, operational, analytical, technical, change and people management skills learned and refined over 30 years across multiple industries and domains in the public and private sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

David Pearce

Executive Director

David (left) is a natural-born entrepreneur, with a diverse portfolio of business interests ranging from medicinal cannabis to commercial construction and property management, to his own natural cosmetics company.

His desire to co-found SETEK with Mark Mees arose from his experience as a shareholder in a Canadian cannabis company and his associated research of the international medicinal cannabis movement which highlighted to him the enormous potential for growing medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.

David’s family are fourth generation farmers. He left farming in the mid-1980s to further a career as a marine engineer which took him to Australia, Japan, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. David then returned to New Zealand initially working in the timber industry before developing a successful industrial/commercial construction business. He now manages a profitable industrial property portfolio in Taupo.

Mark Jones, BSc(Hons)

General Manager, Quality & Compliance

Mark’s previous role was Market Sector Manager – Food, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Wine, with Hill Laboratories –the largest privately-owned testing laboratory in New Zealand. Prior to this, he has previously worked for several scientific businesses in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Bruce Christie

Micro-Propagation (Plant tissue culture)

Bruce studied horticultural science at Massey University then set up the first production woody plant tissue culture laboratory in New Zealand at the National Plant Materials Centre in Palmerston North. Two years later was invited to join the academic staff at Massey teaching and researching in nursery production and plant tissue culture. After 20 years left academia to do independent research and development work with horticultural consultancy in New Zealand and overseas. In addition has managed a nursery and tissue culture laboratory in the Bay of Plenty contracted to Zespri and Turners and Growers producing new licensed varieties. Recently has assisted companies with importation of fruiting plants from overseas and PVR assements. Bruce combines a research backgound in plant science with practical plant production skills and a passion for problem solving.

Shaun Funnell BSc

Design Engineer – LED Lighting Solutions

Shaun will assume responsibility for the research, development, manufacture, installation and maintenance of SETEK’s state-of-the-art LED lighting systems. He brings with him an extensive background in science and engineering, and almost 10 years’ experience designing LED grow light systems, including the design & build of luminaries in a variety of sizes, shapes and specifications to suit various grow spaces and lighting requirements for the different stages in the plant life cycle. Shaun’s expertise as a mechanical design engineer and 3D CAD specialist will add significant value to the design and local fabrication of SETEK’s custom-built LED lighting and associated grow infrastructure.