Management Team

Michael Bell


Michael and his family have had a long association with the food industry in New Zealand and have a huge passion for taking quality New Zealand products and sharing them with the world. Michael takes a hands-on role with operations of the company including manufacturing, exporting and procurement.

Alister Gates

GM – Sales & Marketing
Alister has a background in brand development and exporting and he also looks after new product development for Manukora. He is usually the first point of contact for new export opportunities and works to open new markets for our products.

Charlotte Fraser

Operations Manager

Charlotte brings a strong background in logistics and operations to our team. She is involved with all the day to day operations of the business including export orders. Charlotte is a self-confessed foodie with a passion for cooking, learning, and great quality ingredients.

Helen Judson

Plant Manager

Helen brings many years of experience in food manufacturing and production to Manukora. She has a strong eye for detail and looks after the team in Matamata ensuring production runs smoothly. Along with her husband, she also looks after a number of honeycomb hives.


Bryce Hooton

Chief Honey Officer

Bryce has almost 30 years experience as a beekeeper and owner of a leading honey extraction and bottling plant. His knowledge of the industry and contacts gives Manukora access to unique sources of high-grade Mānuka honey throughout the country.


Eve Beamish

Quality Assurance Specialist

Eve has a background in physiology and food science and is in charge of quality assurance and developing new products. She has a passion for cooking, health and wellness and supporting local kiwi brands/companies.