Senior Leadership Team

David Havard, Chief Executive Officer

David joined Bureau Veritas as the Integration Director for the joint venture between Bureau Veritas and AsureQuality in November 2016 before becoming the CEO for DTS in January 2017.  Originally from the United Kingdom David started his career as a Chemist and also has significant knowledge in Microbiology.  Working for companies such as Pentagon Chemicals, GlaxoSmithKline, Hill Laboratories and Merieux NutriSciences he has held numerous senior positions based in laboratories across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.  It was during his time with Hill Laboratories that he moved from the United Kingdom and spent approximately eight years in New Zealand prior to the move to Australia and joining Merieux NutriSciences. David also holds a BSc Honours Degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK.

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Paul Bellchambers, National Sales & Marketing Manager

Paul joined DTS in 2006 and has enjoyed the journey to where DTS is today. He has over 20 years’ food industry experience which includes eight years’ laboratory experience with DTS. Prior to joining DTS, he worked as Technical Services Manager, Quality Manager, Industry Manager, and Business Development Manager in the Food Manufacturing, Food Ingredients and Chemical Industries. He holds a B AppSc Food Science and Technology (Hons). Paul is a member of several organisations, including Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology (AIFST), Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA), Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA) to name a few.

Bruce Dare

Bruce Dare, Chief Information Officer

Bruce joined DTS in December 1999 and has managed the IT resources of the company in a period of rapid expansion and great technological change. Bruce has a dairy manufacturing background and laboratory bench experience, but started his graduate career as a Technical Officer and then Shipping Manager for Asia Dairy Industries (HK) Ltd, a major DTS customer throughout the 1980s. He has a B.Sc in Chemistry, is a Certified NetWare Engineer, has certificates in Data Processing and Import/Export, and holds a number of industry certifications and product-specific qualifications. He is a LabWare evangelist, who is passionate about automation both within the laboratory itself and in relation to customer interfaces.

Dr Jillian Disint

Dr Jillian Disint, Chief Risk Officer

Jill started her career in animal health, working for 16 years in the University of Melbourne’s Veterinary Science Department with a research group focused on vaccines for production animals. Whilst at this Laboratory, she was responsible for managing the change of the laboratory from a research focus to a commercial focus, and attaining both NATA accreditation and GMP certification to enable the required testing to be performed. From there, Jill moved into industry, working first at Pfizer then Mayne Pharma, before joining DTS 6 years ago. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University with majors in Biochemistry and Immunology, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Science from Melbourne University and a PhD from Melbourne University with the research topic being microbiology, immunology and protein expression based. She is presently completing a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance.

Stephen Pearson

Stephen Pearson, Laboratory Operations Manager

Steve started his career as a medical scientist at the Repatriation Hospital in Heidelberg. Completing his BSc, majoring in Medical Microbiology he gained his Masters Degree in the early 1990’s. As the Laboratory Manager for the Repat Micro lab, Steve chaired the amalgamation and integration with the Austin Hospital in 1995. Steve joined CSL as the Business Operations for Microbiology in 1999, and in 2003 joined Mayne Pharmaceuticals in 2003 as QC Manager, Steve led the Mulgrave Action Plan (MAP) introducing FDA systems and procedures into the Laboratories and across the manufacturing lines eventually achieving FDA accreditation in 2005. Steve joined DTS in mid 2009 as Laboratory Operations Manager.

Liz Prapas

Liz Prapas, Financial Controller

Liz joined DTS in 2010 with over 20 years’ experience in finance. Prior to joining DTS Liz has worked in a number of management roles across various industries, primarily in manufacturing. Liz is a keen supporter of continuous process improvement and has been responsible for significantly improving business efficiencies by overseeing the implementation of projects such as payroll, timekeeping, asset and ERP software. She is an experienced people leader who is committed to the ongoing development of her team, as well as building the profile of finance within the business to ensure effective interdepartmental working relationships. Liz holds a Business degree from Victoria University with major in Accounting and a Diploma in Management. She is also a member of CPA Australia.

Natasha Reardon

Natasha Reardon, Human Resources Manager

Natasha joined DTS in August 2009 in a standalone HR role following a period of rapid growth for the business. As the DTS business expanded the need for dedicated HR resources became more pressing and has since seen the team expanded to four dedicated HR resources. Natasha and her team have partnered with the business on a number of firsts including the companies first Collective Agreement in 2010 and subsequent Collective Agreement in 2012, the development and roll out of a performance management system, remuneration strategy, classification program across operations, in-house training programs, HR business plans and strategy. A degree qualified HR professional Natasha has gained experience in a broad range of HR generalist activities including mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, workforce planning, immigration, industrial relations, collective agreement negotiations to name a few. Experience has been gained working across a variety of industries including print media, retail, professional services, IT, chemical manufacturing and training. Natasha is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).