Dr Glen Richards
Glen is the founding Managing Director of Greencross, and was a co-Founder and Director of Mammoth Pet Holdings Pty Ltd (Petbarn) before it merged with Greencross.
Growing up on a grazing property near Richmond NW Queensland is where Glen’s love and passion for animals began. His parents owned a number of properties and farmed sheep and cattle.
At 27, Glen bought a small vet practice in Townsville and within 10 short years had developed five vet clinics and a large format pet store in Townsville, as well as two veterinary hospitals in China. From there, he went on to build a multi-million dollar integrated pet care empire, which now operates more than 200 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.
Greencross is also Australasia’s leading specialty pet care retailer, with more than 300 stores operating under the brand names Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia and Animates in New Zealand. The company employs over 6,000 employees including veterinarians, nurses, retail team members and managers.
Since moving from an executive role, Glen spends his time as a professional investor, mentor, and director with a number of companies and his favourite area of interest is helping to scale up health and allied health companies.
His is chairman of ASX-listed companies Healthia and People Infrastructure. He is also chairman of two private companies – Cardionexus and Naturo Technologies – and a non-executive director of SmartVet, Petsure (Australia) and Adventure Holdings Australia (Oztrail and Companion).
Glen continues to help foster early stage businesses, including his Shark Tank investments, through active mentoring, investing and strategic planning sessions. He regularly does public appearances and speaking engagements in the business community to share his scaling up story and his V4P message (Vision, Planning, People, Patience, Passion).
A devoted family man, Glen is married and has three daughters aged 20, 19 and 12. He still lives in Queensland. His love for animals continues, with three dogs and three horses to keep the family company.