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FSANZ biennial stakeholder forum - 5 March 2019


Our inaugural biennial stakeholder forum: Fit for purpose - food regulation now and in the future was held in Sydney on 5 March 2019.

Experts representing our key stakeholders explored topics relating to the food regulation system and looked at the future of food regulation, food safety and food science.

Presentations are available to download here.


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Ms Melanie Fisher

Forum Facilitator

Melanie is a Partner at Schumann & Fisher and former Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, an Australian National University endowed fund offering PhD scholarships to high potential Australian Public Service employees.

Up until June 2014, Melanie was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at FSANZ and spent ten happy years as a member of the FSANZ executive team. Prior to that her career had included working in a Minister's Office, time as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of a department, a number of years as the Deputy Executive Director of scientific research agency, and work in policy, program and human resource areas in several Australian Public Service agencies.

Melanie's academic training is in psychology and public policy and she has held an Adjunct Professor position in the School of Government and Business at the University of Canberra for the last six years.



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Mr Mark Booth

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer

Mark Booth is the Chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) - a bi-national government agency that develops and administers the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code as well as undertaking a number of other food related activities.

Prior to joining FSANZ in early 2017 Mark had a career predominantly in the health sector looking at strategic policy issues.  He has worked in the public, private and academic sectors in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.  Mark was a 2006/7 Harkness Fellow in Health policy and was also a policy advisor to Ministers of Health in New Zealand.

Mark's original background was as in health economics and he has post graduate qualifications in economics, public administration and public health.

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​Ms Robyn Kruk AO

FSANZ Board Chair

Ms Robyn Kruk AO has extensive experience as Chief Executive of national and state policy, regulatory and service delivery agencies, including NSW Health, NSW Premier and Cabinet and national and state environment agencies.She established and served as inaugural CEO/Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission. Ms Kruk is currently Chair, Board Director or member of international, national and state statutory, non-government and private entities in health, disability, aged care, emergency services, food standards, environment/planning and mental health.

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​Dr Lisa Szabo

Lisa joined the New South Wales Food Authority as its Chief Scientist in January 2006 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2015. The Food Authority is a statutory authority within the NSW Department of Industry's Division of Primary Industries and is responsible for food regulation across the food supply chain.

Prior to joining the NSW Food Authority, Lisa worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 11 years. There she led and managed long-term research projects for various food industry sectors. 

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Queensland and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in microbiology from the same university. She had post-doctoral research experiences in the United Kingdom and Germany.  She has been an expert advisor or member on several national and state government inquires and committees. Lisa represents the interests of NSW on the Food Regulation Standing Committee.

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Professor Martin Cole

Martin Cole is the Director of Food and Nutrition Flagship at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Prior to joining CSIRO, Martin was the Director of the US National Centre for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), one of the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Centres for Excellence and Research Professor of Biology at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, Illinois.

With many years of experience in food policy and the development of international food safety standards, Martin has frequently been called upon as an expert by organisations such the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the US House of Representatives. He has received numerous awards including election as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology. Martin currently chairs the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food and serves on the boards of Institute of Food Technology and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr Norman Swan

FRCP, DCH, MD (Hon Causa)

Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC's Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24 (Television). The Health Report is the world's longest running health programme in the English speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia's top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He was only the third person to be awarded the prestigious medal of the Australian Academy of Science and was given an honorary MD by the University of Sydney on its 150th anniversary.

Norman trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television.
 He was the medical host on Channel Ten's Biggest Loser for six seasons and in September 2015 made a Four Corners on waste in the healthcare system. Norman created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four part series on disease and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries.
He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence based policy and priorities in health research. He has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Norman is also co-founder of Tonic Health Media, an integrated health television channel and production company which has over 15 million viewers per month.

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Mr Alan Kirkland

Alan Kirkland is CEO of Choice. Before joining CHOICE in 2012 Alan was involved in campaigning on issues as diverse as education funding, homelessness and public transport. He has also worked on the other side of the fence, in government. As CEO of Legal Aid NSW during the global financial crisis, Alan saw the human impact of poor lending practices, which sparked his passion for consumer rights.

These days, Alan sees his job as making sure that CHOICE stays relevant to the needs of Australia's consumers, all while having a little fun along the way.

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Ms Tanya Barden

Tanya Barden is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Food and Grocery Council, which is Australia's peak industry body representing food, beverage and grocery manufacturers. Tanya brings tremendous experience and proven success at senior executive levels in both the public and private sectors, with a career spanning the public service and business. Previously the AFGC Director of Economics, Trade and Sustainability, Tanya has strong  experience with the $126 billion food and grocery sector, led the secretariat's work on  international market access and non-tariff barriers to international trade, as well as a range of issues relating to the competitiveness and environmental sustainability of the industry.

Tanya comes to the position with a strong background in competition, energy and economics policy and regulation having worked in various roles at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  Subsequent to this she worked for energy retailer ActewAGL and ran her own on-line food retail business.

Tanya holds Bachelor of Economics/ Bachelor of Arts degrees and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Professor Tapsell

Linda Tapsell is a senior professor in the School of Medicine and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Pharmacology, post graduate qualifications in Dietetics and in Medical Education, and a PhD in Public Health and Nutrition. She is a Fellow of both the Nutrition Society and the Dietitians Association of Australia, and holds an AM for significant service to health science specialising in diet and nutrition. For over 25 years Professor Tapsell has lead substantial research on the effects of diet on health while educating and mentoring a generation of nutrition scientists. She has served as Director of the Australian Research Council Key Centre for Smart Foods and the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods, and contributed continuously to national and international expert committees, including for the NHMRC, ARC, Department of Health and FSANZ. Professor Tapsell is a keen writer, publishing and editing extensively in the scientific literature on food, nutrition and health.


Dr Trevor Webb

Dr Webb is the Section Manager of the Behavioural and Regulatory Analysis Section at FSANZ. He is also FSANZ’s Principal Social Scientist with a keen interest in consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviour in relation to food. He has experience in quantitative and qualitative measurements of public perceptions, attitudes and behavioural intent and the application of social and behavioural research findings to public policy.


Barry Sterland PSM

Barry Sterland heads up a review looking at the interaction between the food regulation system and the growing demand for Australian food exports. The review team is made up of officials from the Departments of Agriculture and Water Resources, Health, Industry, Innovation and Science. Barry is on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was responsible for oversight of industry and infrastructure policy issues. Between 2014 and 2017 he worked in Washington DC as Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund, and as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Previously, Barry was Deputy Secretary in charge of international economic engagement at The Treasury including leadership of the G20 Finance Deputies group during Australia's Presidency of the G20 in 2014. He formerly held Senior Executive roles in the Australian Government leading work in the areas of climate and budget policy, and Cabinet governance.










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