Dr Glen Richards

Director and Investor, The Richards Group

Glen Richards 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.

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 6000 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. Most of Glen’s companies are domiciled in Queensland.

Glen is chairman and shareholder of ASX-listed companies Healthia and People Infrastructure.  He is also chairman and shareholder of two private companies Cardionexus and Naturo Technologies. He is also a non-executive director and shareholder of SmartVet, De Motu and Adventure Holdings Australia as well as being a non-executive director of Petsure.

Glen was a resident panellist and investor on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Series. Shark Tank, as well as being prime time entertainment promoted entrepreneurship and innovation and assisted early stage entrepreneurs with funding, publicity and mentorship.