Our Scientific Council
The WelleCo Scientific Council is made up of leaders and experts in the fields of ethical ingredient sourcing, dietary nutrition, PhD formulation, science and philanthropy. Each member’s expertise will inform our long-term aim to provide the world's best wholefood products to our customers.
Managing Director Naturex – Specialist in plant-based natural ingredient sourcing
"I am thrilled to join the WelleCo Science Council and look forward to making a valuable contribution in bringing plant-based nutrition naturally to all.” Christine is actively involved in bringing the world’s best ethically and sustainably plant sourced ingredients to WelleCo products, further providing technical support to ensure the integrity of ingredient and product formulations are highly efficacious. Christine is the Managing Director NATUREX Australia, the global leader in botanical extracts and functional ingredients sourced from nature for the food, nutrition and personal care markets, a position she has held for 12 years. Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science, Food and Nutrition Degree, Christine is a passionate advocate of good nutrition naturally sourced. Within her role at Naturex, Christine is a Professional 25yr Member of AIFST (Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology), a Professional Member and Graduate of AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors), a passionate member of the CMA (Complimentary Medicines Australia) and Board Member (non-executive) of the Government and Industry joint funded CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) Fight Food Waste.
Scientific Formulator + pharmacist MPHARM, BSC Pharmacology
"I believe we lost our way for a while, swept up in a romance with technology: more processed doesn’t necessarily equal better. The world is swinging back toward a healthier balance where the importance of whole foods, especially plant products, is being championed - and I’m very excited to be part of this journey with WelleCo!” David Wilkinson has a degree in pharmacology and is also a qualified pharmacist. He has a passion for natural medicines, an area in which he’s been working for 15 years. David has extensive experience as a regulatory specialist under Australia’s TGA and other world authorities for several leading Australian brands. Most recently as Technical Manager at one of Australia's leading supplement companies, he formulated a number of products that have gone on to become market leaders. David is a director of product innovation business Aurelion and natural product consultants Regulatory Results.
Dr Simone Laubscher
Scientific Formulator + Nutritional Doctor + PhD BSc MSc Science, Nutrition & Toxicology
“Based on my current masters degree in the gut microbiome and researching all of the exciting evidence linking gut function, obesity, an acidic lifestyle and both mental and physical diseases, I am excited to be chosen as a member of the WelleCo Scientific Council so we can continue to formulate evidence-based wholefood nutrition helping to bring wellness back into society on a global level.” Dr Simoné is a nutritional therapist, naturopath and life coach and has been treating patients for over 20 years. Simoné holds a bachelor degree in science and nutrition, has a masters degree in naturopathy and nutrition and has a PhD in Oxidative Stress. Simoné is completing another master's degree at the moment in the gut microbiome. Her areas of speciality include obesity, metabolic re-setting, eating disorders, diabetes, gut disorders, depression, hormonal regulation and immune-related illnesses, such as cancer. Simoné spent most of her career in London and has clinics on Harley Street in the UK and UAE.
COO The Foundry
“It is not only the consumer's responsibility to figure out what's cruel and what's kind, what's environmentally destructive and what's sustainable. It is up to all of us to influence the future of our planet.” Federica Nicolao, (Fed), has had a series of successful executive roles at senior operations, procurement and retail level throughout her career, most recently at one of Australia's leading supplement companies. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer at The Foundry, she partners with passionate founders who have a premium offering in the health and wellness space, Federica works with WelleCo to strategically improve their supply chain, product development, sourcing and sustainability.
Sandy McGie Honey
Director of The WelleCo Foundation
“As a mother of seven, I know how crucial good nutrition is to all facets of children's growth and development. I am thrilled to be part of the WelleCo Foundation, and their initiatives and philanthropy in this area.” Sandy has many years of experience organising philanthropic and fundraising events and art exhibitions. Sandy is the co-founder and current co-chair of the White Swans, an innovative and highly successful private giving circle at the Black Swan State Theatre Company. In her position as co- founder and a committee member of Empowering Women, she is behind a new initiative to promote women within politics in WA. Sandy is also a committee member of Snowdome WA which raises funds for the treatment of Lymphoma, and a fundraiser and organiser for the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation.
Plant-based chef + healthy living coach
“Through the use of organic, farm-to-table ingredients, I hope to inspire WelleCo customers to reconsider their current eating habits and direct them toward a more sustainable lifestyle. I believe that conscious eating is the key to living a more healthy and vibrant co-existence with Mother Nature.” Adam’s passion and appreciation for cooking arose from his love for extreme sports. Having participated in many tests of physical and mental endurance he quickly realized the impact a healthy and well balanced diet played on his overall performance. Adam began to study various aspects of plant-based diets, holistic remedies, and culinary techniques from around the world. Through his own experiences, Adam is able to personalise diet and training regiments that will best support your physical and dietary aspirations. Working as a private chef & healthy living coach in New York City, Adam divides his time between his clients and Nicaragua where he has founded a non-profit organic fruit farm (Finca Santa Marta.)