Meet the Chalmers Organics Team

Jesse Chalmers

Co-Managing Director

Jesse is Director of Operations and since 2001 has fulfilled roles encompassing every aspect of the business. Through leadership Jesse demonstrates “our biggest challenges are our greatest successes once overcome”. In 2010 Jesse was elected as one of the youngest members to Auckland Council. Jesse champions the Living Wage for business and has a drive for positive social change.

Dan Chalmers

Co-Managing Director

Dan heads the Research, Development & Sales Departments. Daniel started making tofu in 1996, fresh out of school, spending years in the factory perfecting our products and processes. A good relationship builder, Daniel stepped into sales, further developing his understanding of what works well in the market. Daniel has more products to create and launch over the next few years, so watch this space!

Lippy Chalmers

Director

Lippy (Elizabeth) has been involved with organic wholefoods since 1980 having co-founded Harvest Wholefoods, Harvest Soyfoods (later Bean Supreme), East West Organics and The Organic Soy Company, now renamed Chalmers Organics! Lippy is passionate about organic wholefoods while taking care of our planet & people. Lippy brings living wage and finance expertise to the Board table.

Stephen Chalmers

Director

Stephen has been into organic wholefoods since Adam was a cowboy, making organic tofu for personal use (then customer requests), having co-founded Harvest Wholefoods, Harvest Soyfoods (later Bean Supreme), East West Organics and The Organic Soy Company - now renamed Chalmers Organics! Stephen brings a love of relationships, people, service, esoteric quotes and thinking to the Board.

Matthew Kellerman

Compliance Manager

Matt is the wonderfully crazy man who looks after our health & safety, compliance, quality and training AND keeps us all sharp across the company. Matt has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in management & information systems and has worked in the food industry since 2005. On the weekends you can find Matt watching movies or the latest TV series, playing computer games or going to the gym.

Simone Chalmers

HR Manager

Simone arrived here from Germany (for the sheer love of travel) and fell in love with NZ. She put her HR and Psychology degrees to good use at Lion Nathan, then M.O.T.A.T., then Chalmers - marrying a Co-Director! Simone has been with us for 8 years now, and in her downtime she has a love and focus on her son Liam, the great outdoors and health and well being.

Madison Cuthers-Clark

Accounts Assistant

Madison is our enthusiastic accounts assistant, office coordinator and total all-round office angel! She ensures the office is well organised, stays on top of accounts queries and keeps the office running smoothly. In her spare time Madison enjoys cooking wholesome plant-based food for her friends and family, going for walks with her partner and dog, playing netball and practicing yoga.

Tibin Paul Koshy

Procurement Specialist

Tibin completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering and higher studies in Operations & Production Management and joined us with vast manufacturing experience from India, Middle East and New Zealand. Tibin manages procurement of the very best quality certified organic vegan ingredients available, while being passionate that we and Mother Earth are well protected and looked after.

Tane Te Wake

Food Service Sales Manager

Tane came to Chalmers after a 20-year career in hospitality with a 10-year focus on managing various awesome cafes across Auckland. He was raised vegetarian and has a passion for plant-based eating (so he fits in well here!). When Tane is not working he loves to hang out with his darling daughter while cooking, socializing and caring for the environment.

Geraldine Bell

Sales Administrator

Geraldine supports the sales & marketing team with sales administration and delightful customer responses. Geraldine began working at Chalmers Organics Ltd as ‘vegan-curious’ and is now passionate about the numerous benefits of plant-based eating and how it aligns with her personal values. Geraldine works Monday-Wednesday and spends the rest of the week tirelessly entertaining her wee boy!

Bob Kay

Product Development Specialist

Bob has been working in New Product Development (NPD) for the past 5 years and is now assisting Dan and Jesse with range extensions, improvements and healthy taste delights! Bob is a passionate 50-year vegetarian, and a naturopath (South Pacific College in Ellerslie), with qualifications in business studies and computing. His other passion is for making and teaching pottery.

Kate Offermans

Office Assistant

Kate O is the friendly welcome you are greeted with at reception and through the switchboard helping with all orders, queries, invoices and credit notes. Kate is multi-talented, speaking fluent English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. Kate loves plant-based wholefoods and believes that we should appreciate everything that has been given by Mother Earth.

Kate Wemyss

Accounts Administrator

Kate W is in charge of the accounts payable, payroll tasks, and provides finance support to Jesse. A number-whisperer with a love for the outdoors, she brings her experiences from other parts of the world, settling at the foot of the Waitakere Ranges and calling it her home, while enjoying the active lifestyle of our beautiful Aotearoa.

Clint & Karen Chalmers

Customer Liaison - Lower North Island

Clint (the younger and better-looking brother of Stephen) and Karen Chalmers are the Customer Liaison team working mainly in the lower North Island. Their goal is to assist the company to achieve Best Shelf Presence and sales in all stores, great relationships with managers, delivering the best in-store product demonstrations around, and ensuring our customer service is sparkling!

Siusiu Ale

Production Supervisor

Siu is a Chalmers legend! After 16 years, our head supervisor, tofu maker and all-round master of everything is still going strong! Siu (known as ‘Mum’ by the team and actually IS Mum to Sam), loves getting to know the cultures, backgrounds and passions of her crew. In her spare time she hangs out with her children and three grandchildren for dinners, movies or trips to the park.

Sam Ale-Pusi

Production Supervisor

Sam, son of Siu, has been doing almost everything with us now for seven years, even making tofu “back when it was easier” but is now the undisputed ‘King of Dispatch’. Famous for “running the sounds” and giggling, in his spare time he throws a rugby ball around, shoots hoops, plays PS4 and sleeps, whilst preparing for marriage!

Alofa Meke

Production Supervisor

Alofa has been at Chalmers for over 10 years, covering every role in the factory, from yoghurt fermentation, to soybean squeezing(!), to making tofu and sausages, to packing, dispatch and sometimes even being supervisor! In her downtime she loves to cook, clean and hang out with her four kids, visiting her favourite Aunties and Uncles, and playing the piano.

Ephrem Tikue

Maintenance Coordinator

Ephrem “I love everything at Chalmers”, started out cleaning, then moved to packing, and now has his hand in quality tofu and sausage making, engineering and maintenance! He is a superb home handyman to have around, who loves fixing cars, mechanical modification of all sorts, NZ beaches, gardening, and listening to traditional Ethiopian music.

Douglas Gibson

Production Supervisor

Douglas is our awesome night shift supervisor. Doug is passionate about his new career and is seeking to learn more and up-skill. During his spare time you can find him playing online games with friends or spending time with family after moving back to Auckland following seven years in Wellington. Doug is 27 years old with one gorgeous and adored daughter.

Moana Vaafetalai

Production Supervisor

Moana came to us straight from school and has never left! She was looking for a part-time job to see her through her studies and found she loved "working with people who bring out your happiness". Moana loves to box up and pack tofu with the team and she has covered tempeh, sausages, nuggets and more. Moana is currently studying accounting and tax at Auckland University.

Production Team

(secretly running the place)

We are proud to be a diversity-embracing United Nations at Chalmers. We have Maori, Fijian, Cook Island, NZ European, Ethiopian, Samoan, German, Indian, Tongan, Taiwanese, English and Hungarian staff (and we suspect Scottish, Irish, Welsh and French as well!). We love the traditions, meals, languages, humour, understanding and tolerance that our mixed cultures contribute.