Our people

John Aitken
Senior Director

John is our lead microbiologist and the Senior Director of Otakaro Pathways. Prior to his current position, he has worked in medical microbiology for public and private providers for more than 40 years. In his free time John established a microbiological environmental testing laboratory.

His particular areas of interest are antimicrobial resistance and emerging bacterial infectious diseases. The majority of his work involves an understanding of the underlying relationships between microorganisms, plants, and animals.

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Kevin Taylor
Director of Laboratory Operations

Kevin brings more than two decades of experience in the medical laboratory, quality management, and operations management fields. He is the Director of Laboratory Operations at Otakaro Pathways, as well as a company Director.

Kevin has a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science (PGDipMLSc) from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (PGDipBusAdmin).

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Trevor English

Trevor has a broad experience in health management in both Australia and New Zealand. He works with a number of leading health organisations, both public and private.

He also participates in a number of local and national projects in areas including pathology governance, informatics, infection management, leadership of lean process improvement and employment relations.

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Mandy Bell

Mandy brings a breadth of primary industry experience to the Otakaro Pathway’s team. She is focused on developing solutions that increase productivity, profitability and long-term sustainability for New Zealand agriculture. She farms Criffel Station, in Wanaka, which she converted into a deer breeding and finishing farm in 1993.

Mandy has been in veterinary practice for the past 25 years, with a focus on integrating science and tools into farm management practices.

As well as a Director of Otakaro Pathways, she is currently a Director of AgResourced Ltd, Fortis and the Johne’s Disease Research Consortium.

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