The Management Team


Moa Investors' Centre: The Management Team

GEOFF ROSS
Chief Executive Officer

Geoff was the founder and CEO of 42 Below, which was a listed company for three years prior to its sale to Bacardi in late 2006. Geoff is also Chairman of Trilogy International, an NZX listed company focused on the home fragrances and body care products market. Prior to 42 Below and Trilogy International, he was a Managing Partner and Board Member of DDB Advertising for two years and was a Client Service Director and Management Team Member for Saatchi & Saatchi in Wellington for eight years. Geoff is also a Trustee of the Melanoma Foundation and Pure Advantage.

Geoff has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).

JOSH SCOTT
Founder

Josh Scott established Moa in 2003 and was one of the pioneering founders of the recent craft beer movement in New Zealand.  He has 16 years winemaking experience, including the last eight years as head winemaker at the family owned Allan Scott Wines, and is a three time finalist for the Australasian young winemaker of the year. In addition, Josh has almost a lifetime of home-brewing experience (beginning at the age of 13).

When Josh returned home from overseas he was able to use knowledge and techniques learned while studying and winemaking in Sancerre (France) and Napa Valley (US) to create a New Zealand first by employing methode traditionelle techniques in Moa’s brewing. This, in conjunction with Josh’s focus on structure, texture, balance and drinkability, gives Moa its distinctive winemaker’s spin on beer.

Josh has a Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.


GARETH HUGHES
General Manager

Gareth joined Moa as New Zealand Sales Manager in September 2010 and was subsequently promoted to General Manager in September 2011, due to his proven ability to lead successful teams and the growth the business had realised in the prior 12 months. As a result of Gareth’s experience in the liquor industry and knowledge of beer, he was invited to judge at the 2012 Asian Beer Awards.

Having started as a sales professional at 16 years old, selling telecommunications products and services, Gareth worked his way into sales management roles in a number of different industries including telecommunications, print & digital media, liquor and direct marketing. Gareth has consistently been a top performer in all of these roles.

Gareth is vastly experienced in rapid growth businesses, having been involved with them throughout his career. Gareth was previously Sales Manager for 42 Below, responsible for sales of Stil Vodka and was the top salesperson at Empower for a number of years, contributing towards its strong growth in the period of 2000 to 2003.

DAVID NICHOLLS
Head Brewer

David has [over] 27 years commercial brewing experience and began home-brewing prior to this in 1977. David trained in London (Institute of Brewing and Distilling), Berlin (VLB) and Amsterdam (Heineken Technical Services).

Prior to joining Moa in February 2007 as Head Brewer, David was Technical Manager with Heineken in its St Lucia brewing facility, Brewery Manager at Heineken’s Papua New Guinea brewing facility, and Brewery Manager at Tui’s Mangatainoka facility.

David has extensive experience in implementing capital projects both in New Zealand and internationally, including: over US$8 million in projects to implement a staged bottling line upgrade and services replacement at the Windward and Leeward Brewery in St Lucia between 2001 and 2005; and over $2 million to upgrade water treatment and build a new keg line at the Tui Mangatainoka brewery between 1990 and 1992. In addition, David managed annual capital expenditure budgets of US$2–9 million between 1992 and 2005.

David holds a Bachelor of Technology with honours in Biotechnology and has a Diploma in Brewing from [London]. David is also a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (past President, Caribbean section).


 

GEOFF COPSTICK
Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Copstick joined the team in October 2015 as Chief Financial Officer.

Geoff is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Victoria University in Wellington, he is also a Chartered Company Secretary.

Geoff was CFO at Gallagher Group in Hamilton for 9 years until 2009 and is currently a director there. Geoff chairs the board of Childfund New Zealand and serves as an advisor to the Finance Committee of Northland Regional Council.

Geoff and his wife farm at Helena Bay in Northland