Longstanding natural health products industry member Alison Quesnel has received Natural Health Products NZ’s Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award. The award is not conferred every year and is only made in cases where someone has been truly outstanding.
Ms Quesnel has had extensive experience in the health supplements, food manufacturing and business service industries spanning three decades. She has also held several government advisor roles in relation to the natural health products, small business, and food and beverage sectors.
Between 2009 and 2020 she held a variety of roles with Natural Health Products New Zealand, including as a board member, executive director from 2012 to 2017 and, more recently, government affairs director. Despite having retired in 2020, she led the judging in this year’s Natural Health Products NZ Awards (this Award excepted).
During her time with Natural Health Products NZ, Ms Quesnel was responsible for helping the sector grow from an industry worth $1 billion to $2.3 billion today. Her efforts also saw membership expand to represent more than 80 per cent of all companies involved in this country’s natural products industry, including all major brands and manufacturers.
She also led important regulatory and public affairs workstreams, particularly in relation to the Natural Health Products Bill.
At the same time, she happily mentored many in the industry and was considered the go-to person on natural health product regulatory matters.
Ms Quesnel’s professionalism, positivity and ability to build outstanding relationships have been pivotal to the sector’s success.