Who’s Who?



Industry people to watch in 2022

This section is dedicated to celebrating the exceptional humans in our industry, whether it be for their innovative new product developments, their strong leadership, their valuable contributions or all of the above. These individuals are just a small portion of the outstanding experts and professionals who caught our eye this year. Thank you to those who nominated people to be included in this and those who helped collate the information.

You can find more exceptional humans in our digital magazine.

Dr Colin Hayman (Cawthron Institute)

Hayman is a highly experienced organic chemist with 20 years of experience in synthetic and analytical chemistry. During his career, Colin has undertaken extensive work in university and government laboratories synthesising compounds for commercial clients in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as delivering government-funded research programmes. This work has been in the areas of carbohydrate, peptide and bioconjugation chemistry and related analytical methods. Colin has always enjoyed either leading or playing a key role in developing specialised solutions for clients in technically demanding analytical or synthetic chemistry projects. As a technical consultant, Colin has continued this role at Cawthron Institute, focusing on supporting the research needs of clients and collaborators through developing and validating analytical methods using UHPLC, LCMS and GCMS.


Mark Englefield (Cawthron Institute)

Englefield has worked at Cawthron Institute for more than 20 years and has extensive laboratory experience, having led Cawthron’s ISO17025 accredited microbiology laboratory since 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory and is a key point of contact for all customers who rely on our test results to clear product for export or food safety requirements. Englefield is a certified trainer for the National Microbiological Database Program and an IANZ Technical expert for microbiological testing and has developed a number of automated reporting initiatives.


Tom Wheeler (Cawthron Institute)

Wheeler has nearly 30 years experience investigating the chemistry and biochemistry of food with the goal of understanding how components of food interact with human physiology, and how this provides nutrition and promotes health. At Cawthron Institute his current focus is on seaweeds, often touted as the next superfood.  His research is uncovering how the proteins, structural polysaccharides and secondary metabolites help to make seaweeds a truly functional food.  He leads two research programmes addressing the composition and health-promoting properties of karengo, an endemic New Zealand seaweed that is traditionally eaten by Māori.  Prior to Cawthron, Wheeler worked extensively on researching the health-promoting properties of milk.  He led a research programme investigating the host defence role of minor milk proteins and their potential as the basis for novel high-value dairy products with immunostimulatory, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral effects. Wheeler’s work has led to the successful marketing of novel food and nutraceutical ingredients.