The Role of Programme Mentors

Senior Executives with successful careers have offered their time to support the group as 'Programme Mentors'. They will guide and support the regular meetings as you bring your most pressing current concerns and issues to the table. Along with your peers, they will be a solid sounding board who can listen, share their experiences, probe, challenge, clarify and generate insights for you, without judgement.


Our Mentors

Colin Groves (Chairman, Deosan)

Colin Groves has spent the past 25 years primarily as Director of M&A at Tetra Laval, one of the world's largest private company and maker of the renowned Tetra Pak packaging solutions and DeLaval milk processing machinery. He has also held roles at Informix Software, and US healthcare multinational Johnson & Johnson. A chartered accountant and former English schools & colts rugby international, Mr Groves is currently Chair of mobile app development company MEA Mobile, New Zealand's largest refiner and blender of high quality Omega-2 and Omega-3 fish oils NZX-Listed SeaDragon, the Agri Group of Companies, which includes dairy consumables business, Deosan, as well as Oriens Capital and Waikato Rugby. He also sits on the Board of Sprout Agri-Tech, Cornish Pirates Rugby and is an independent director of VetSouth. In 2017/18 Colin was the Investor Director of SwipedON, the successful IT start-up Company, which raised $1m seed start-up capital in 2017 and which was sold for $11m less than 12 months later. 



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Angela Buglass (former CEO, Trilogy International Limited)

Angela has recently stepped down as CEO of Trilogy International Limited (TIL), which comprises of high-performing consumer brands: Trilogy Natural Products, ECOYA Home Fragrance and Goodness Superfood Skincare, alongside subsidiaries CS&Co Beauty Distribution and Lanocorp Skincare  & Bodycare Manufacturing.  

Under Angela's leadership, the company was successfully acquired by CITIC Capital China Partners, the private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (CITIC Capital), in April 2018 for $211 million dollars.  This sale marked a momentous milestone for the company and New Zealand business on the world's stage. 

As an Executive Edge mentor, Angela can offer her guidance and expertise in the following areas:

  • Strategy Development
  • Sales & Channel Mapping
  • Marketing Planning
  • New Product Development
  • Market Entry
  • Business Sale & Exit

Angela's profile


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Margaret Devlin (Independent Director)

Margaret Devlin is a professional director operating primarily in the infrastructure sector.  She has extensive experience in governance and executive management primarily in the water and infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and UK.  She is a director across a range of entities with a particular focus on Audit and Risk and People and Culture.

Margaret is Chair of Harrison Grierson, Watercare, Lyttleton Port and Women in Infrastructure.  She is a director of IT Partners, MetServices, Aurora Energy and Waikato Regional Airport Group.  She is a Ministerial appointee to the Councils of Waikato University and Wintec and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Margaret's Profile

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