Management & Staff

Board of Directors Leadership


Martin Vydra
Senior Vice President, Metals,
  Sherritt International Corporation

Vice Chairperson

Anton Berlin
Marketing Director,
  MMC Norilsk Nickel

Nickel Institute Leadership

David Butler  President

Nickel Institute Management Committee

Dr. Hudson Bates  Executive Director & Toxicologist 
David Butler  President
Clare Richardson
Director, Communications & Member Services
Gerry Schuetz  Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Veronique Steukers  
Director, Health & Environment Public Policy 
Nigel Ward  Director, Market Development 

Market Development

Nigel Ward  Director, Market Development (Sheffield, UK) 
Parul Chhabra  Market Development Analyst (Brussels, Belgium)
Gary Coates  Manager Market Development & Technical (Toronto, Canada) 
Richard Matheson  General Manager Asia (Brisbane, Australia) 
Geir Moe
Global Technical Inquiry Service Coordinator (Toronto, Canada)
Nigel Ward Coordinator, EMEA 

Health & Environment Public Policy

Dr. Veronique Steukers  Director, Health & Environment Public Policy (Brussels, Belgium) 
Claude Frieh  Public Policy Coordinator (Brussels, Belgium) 
Kai-Sebastian Melzer
Manager, Regulatory Affairs (Brussels, Belgium)
Dr. Mark Mistry  Manager, Public Policy (Brussels, Belgium) 
Christian Richter  Principal, US Public Policy (Washington DC, USA) 
Marco Vallini  Public Policy Specialist (Brussels, Belgium) 
Jeroen Vanhecke  Manager Shared Services, Brussels (Brussels, Belgium) 
Pablo Rodriguez Dominguez
Regulatory Affairs Specialist (Brussels, Belgium) 

Science (NiPERA)

Dr. Hudson Bates  Executive Director & Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Samuel Buxton  Human Health Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Kate Heim  Regulatory Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Connie Lawson  Operations Support Specialist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Tara Lyons-Darden  Regulatory Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Adriana Oller  Deputy Executive Director of NiPERA (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Emily Garman  Environmental Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Chris Schlekat  Senior Environmental Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 
Dr. Mike Taylor Human Health Toxicologist (Durham, NC, USA) 

Shared Services

David Butler  President (Toronto, Canada)
Inge Bleus  Member Services & Executive Assistance (Brussels, Belgium) 
Georgia Curtis  Human Resources Manager (Toronto, Canada) 
Isaline De Baré  Communications Specialist (Brussels, Belgium) 
Babette Holland
Executive Assistance (Brisbane, Australia)
Phil Moore
IT Manager/Senior Systems Engineer (Durham, NC, USA)
Clare Richardson  Director, Communications & Member Services (Brussels, Belgium) 
Gerry Schuetz  Chief Financial Officer (Durham, NC, USA) 
Christina Yates  Accounting Specialist (Durham, NC, USA) 


Philip Song
Managing Director China (Beijing, China) 
Christine Li  Administrative Assistant (Beijing, China) 


Shinji Esaki
Manager, Japan (Tokyo, Japan) 
Yae Saito Administrative Support (Tokyo, Japan) 

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