Our Team

Grant Leach - CEO

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Grant Leach - CEO

Grant is an experienced leader in FMCGs and has extensive experience and success in commercialising mission critical start-ups. He has worked in NZ’s larger brand agencies prior to establishing his own agency, specialising in DTC and B2B for FMCGs and Pharmaceutical brands. More recently Grant led the commercialisation and significant growth of start-up FMCG businesses in the ‘Better for Me’ space where the products were sold to Retailers, both in NZ and offshore. Grant joined 26 Seasons in May 2021.

Matthew Keltie – Director, Co-founder, R&D Officer

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Matthew Keltie – Director, Co-founder, R&D Officer

Matt is an agronomist with 20 years’ experience in the agriculture sector. He is the former Innovation Specialist at Pamu, responsible for providing agronomy (fertiliser and seed) advice to over 120 Pamu farms. Prior to Pamu, Matt was an investment advisor for ABN Amro and also spent 7 years working for Ravendown Fertiliser as a field adviser. Matt holds a range of agricultural qualifications from Massey University.

Justine Powell - CMO

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Justine Powell - CMO

Justine is a marketing executive with 20+ years’ experience working predominantly in the food and FMCG industries, both in NZ and abroad. Most recently she was GM Marketing & Consumer for Sanford Ltd. She was responsible for pioneering the marketing function, developing a suite of brands and new businesses while leading a 35-person marketing team. Justine joined 26 Seasons in May 2021.

James Hammond – Finance Manager

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James Hammond – Finance Manager

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, specialising in Accounting and Commercial Law. He also has operations, finance, and sales experience from time in the wine industry. James joined 26 Seasons in January 2021 and was integral to the company’s growth to date and success in receiving R&D funding.

Paul Coates – GM Auckland

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Paul Coates – GM Auckland

Paul has over 20 years experience within the primary industries sector, in a variety of technical, operational and managerial roles. Recently Paul was Area Manager for AsureQuality, NZ’s leading certification body, quality management organisation. Paul has a wealth of experience in establishing and managing high performing teams across multiple operational sites. Bringing to the business an entrepreneurial flair, a strong customer centric viewpoint and a love and knowledge of horticulture, Paul has also set up and managed his own successful online business selling indoor plants. Paul joined 26 Seasons in May 2021.

Remie Morriss – GM Wellington

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Remie Morriss – GM Wellington

Remie was 26 Seasons first full time employee outside of the founders, joining the company in 2017. Remie has a strong passion and love for microgreens and since joining has been instrumental in growing the business across the food service, retail and e-com channels. Based in Wellington Remie’s previous knowledge and experience in the hospitality sector has translated to a high calibre customer base in hospitality venues across the CBD, including managing successful events during the Wellington on a Plate festival.

Vaughan - International Expansion and Tech Development

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Vaughan - International Expansion and Tech Development

Vaughan has worked for the past 15 years across the horticultural industry. Working for Zespri International Ltd, he led teams within the global supply chain before becoming Global Marketing Manager of the Organic category. His latest role was GM of BerryCo, a grassroots, highly innovate enterprise growing world leading proprietary blueberries across New Zealand. Developing new technology and improving growing techniques, BerryCo launched a leading quality brand across New Zealand and into the Asian markets. Vaughan holds post graduate qualifications in environmental management, marketing and international management, and organisational psychology.