Our Leadership

Kirk Hardy

CEO/Founder

Kirk is the CEO and co-founder of The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), Australasia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol testing and education provider.

Kirk is tasked with creating the strategy and managing the operations that keep TDDA the market leader in Australasia for drug and alcohol testing and education services. He ensures that TDDA’s end-to-end services provide clients with compliant systems and a high level of comfort in the creation of safer workplaces.

With over 15 years of experience, Kirk is an expert on substance use and testing technologies in the workplace. He is a former long-standing board member of the U.S based Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) and National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), and the chair of both organisations’ international committees. Kirk regularly presents at international conferences on drug and alcohol use in the South Pacific, and the ever-developing drug market, and is New Zealand’s leading expert on current global and local drug trends.

Before joining TDDA in 2005, Kirk was a New Zealand Police Drug Squad Detective, involved in investigating national and international drug syndicates and targeting organised crime groups. He has maintained those contacts and is one of only four Australasian members of the Californian Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA), providing him access to the very latest in drug and alcohol testing technology.

TDDA has 65 businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand, including a dedicated drug-testing laboratory. It has achieved Australasian accreditation for on-site drug and alcohol screening throughout its 27 operations in New Zealand and in each state of Australia. TDDA is the first Australasian company to have received the Trans-Tasman ISO 15189 accreditation to the AS/NZS 4308 and AS4760 drug testing standard (further details can be found here). Two of its executive team members helped the development of the latest oral fluid testing standard, the AS4760-2019.

Kirk Hardy - Director
Kirk’s favourite quote:

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking”

HENRY FORD

TDDA Board of Directors/Advisors

Jim Doyle - Chairman

Jim Doyle - Chairman

Jim, originally from Scotland, made his way to New Zealand (via South Africa for 12 years) in 1994. Starting life as an apprentice electrician and working his way up, combining work with university studies, Jim became COO and then CEO of Navman, taking the organization from a $3 million company to a $500 million worldwide brand.

After the sale of Navman in 2006, Jim initially semi-retired and worked as a company director / consultant for various technology companies such as Fusion, BCS, Actronics, Motion Industries and Compac Sorting Equipment In 2009, Jim’s love of sport saw him take on the various roles over the last 10 years, such as CEO New Zealand Rugby League, COO of the NRL (Sydney) and Managing Director / Chairman of New Zealand Warriors. Jim is again semi-retired but continues to be a director / consultant in both business and sport.

Andrew Wong - Director

Andrew Wong - Director

Andrew Wong is the Managing Director of HealthCare Holdings Ltd, a private healthcare investment company. He qualified as a specialist medical practitioner with a Masters in Public Health and a Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. With a career of over 25 years in both public and private health in NZ and overseas he has gained extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation, leadership and operational management. 

He is a director of several companies through his HealthCare Holdings role. These include Auckland Radiation Oncology, MercyAscot Hospitals, Kensington Hospital and Mercy Radiology. Other directorships include companies providing services in the areas of interventional cardiology, medical supplies, day and inpatient surgery and endoscopy, and veterinary radiology services. 

Andrew has held government appointments with Health Workforce New Zealand, the Health Innovation Hub, as well as sitting on the Executive of the New Zealand Private Hospital’s Association. He is also a director of the NZX listed aged care and retirement village operator Summerset Holdings and an Adjunct Professor of AUT. 

Kirk Hardy - Director

Kirk Hardy - Director

Kirk is the CEO and co-founder of The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), Australasia’s leading workplace drug and alcohol testing and education provider.

Kirk is tasked with creating the strategy and managing the operations that keep TDDA the market leader in Australasia for drug and alcohol testing and education services. He ensures that TDDA’s end-to-end services provide clients with compliant systems and a high level of comfort in the creation of safer workplaces.

With over 16 years of experience, Kirk is an expert on substance use and testing technologies in the workplace. He is a former long-standing board member of the U.S based Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) and National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), and the chair of both organisations’ international committees. Kirk regularly presents at international conferences on drug and alcohol use in the South Pacific, and the ever-developing drug market, and is New Zealand’s leading expert on current global and local drug trends.

Before joining TDDA in 2005, Kirk was a New Zealand Police Drug Squad Detective, involved in investigating national and international drug syndicates and targeting organised crime groups. He has maintained those contacts and is one of only four Australasian members of the Californian Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA), providing him access to the very latest in drug and alcohol testing technology.

Callum Macdonald - Director

Callum Macdonald - Director

Callum is the principal of Buchanan Macdonald Chartered Accountants, a prominent North Shore Chartered Accounting and business advisory firm.  Previously he spent a number of years in an international Chartered Accounting firm after a period working in a large District Health Board.  

Callum splits his time between client advice, directorships, advisory board roles, trusteeships (including Auckland Volunteer Coastguard Charitable Trust and Capri Hospital Charitable Trust) and Court expert witness work.  He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Directors.

Julia Smith - Director

Julia Smith - Director

Julia Smith is Chief Commercial and Strategy for Healthcare Holdings Limited (HHL) and has BComm and FCPA qualifications.  Julia has 25+ years of partnering with CEOs and senior executive teams to execute group-wide strategic plans and lead new commercial pursuits in Australia, New Zealand and China across a number of industries, with the past nine years at HHL.  

Her experience spans M&A, finance, strategy, legal, project management, procurement, business transformation and risk management.  This includes 12 years of Big 4 consulting, corporate finance and audit assignments in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and USA.  

Julia has had franchise experience as the Group CFO for a NZ investment group which owned New Zealand Natural Ice Cream with 700 global franchisees.  

Julia is a director of the following HHL businesses – Columba at Ascot, Ascot Angiography, Veterinary Specialists Imaging, Auckland Head and Neck Surgery and Quipt Clinical Supplies.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush during his media update on Day 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown, Parliament, Wellington. 26 March, 2020.  New Zealand Herald photograph by Mark Mitchell

Mike Bush - Director

Mr. Bush served in the New Zealand Police for 42 years, progressing through the ranks from frontline policing and the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) to senior roles including Liaison Officer for Southeast Asia. He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006 for his relief work during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Upon appointment to the role of Commissioner of Police in 2014, Bush introduced changes focused on culture and operational models, including the “Prevention First” model.

Mr. Bush said, “TDDA is a respected leader in the workplace drug policy, education, and testing sphere, and I have been impressed with the company’s ability to innovate within the digital arena and establish its healthcare offerings. It is my pleasure to work with the dedicated and knowledgeable team to create safer workplaces together.

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