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The Board

Under the FSANZ Act, the FSANZ Board is appointed by the Australian Minister for Health in consultation with the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation and must include qualified people from all walks of life. The Board has twelve members. Members are drawn from specialist areas such as public health, food science, human nutrition, consumer affairs, food allergy, medical science, microbiology, food safety, biotechnology, veterinary science, primary food production, the food industry, food processing or retailing, small business, international trade, food regulation, consumer rights and consumer affairs policy, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and government. The Board meets eight times a year (four face-to-face meetings and four by teleconference).

Read the current meeting schedule

Outcomes of FSANZ Board meetings are published on the FSANZ website.

The Board

Note: All Board members, with the exception of the CEO, are part-time.

Members are listed alphabetically after the Chairperson and CEO. The reference next to each member’s name refers to the role specified in section 116 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 which the member fulfils.

 





Robyn Kruk AM [s.116 (1)(a)]

Ms Robyn Kruk AM graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours). She subsequently completed a Masters of Public Administration

Ms Kruk began her career in the NSW public sector in 1980. In 1994 she was appointed Director-General of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and in 2002 was appointed Director-General of the NSW Department of Health.

At the end of her NSW public sector career she was Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She left the position in late 2008 and was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (later Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) in early 2009. From September 2010, Ms Kruk was suffering from cancer, and had to take extended sick leave from the role.

On her return to work in 2011, following successful cancer treatment, Ms Kruk was appointed CEO and Commissioner and set up the newly created National Mental Health Commission.

Following her retirement from the Commission, she undertook program reviews and was appointed to a range of non-executive board and statutory positions. Ms Kruk was the Independent Assessor for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) and led international taskforces assessing sustainable development in China. In 2015, she was appointed chair of the eHealth Implementation Steering Committee, to oversight delivery of an Australia-wide electronic medical record system.

She is a Chair Emerita of the US Milbank Memorial Fund (a philanthropic health research organisation) and has been a judge of the Dubai government’s annual public sector excellence awards since 2013.

Ms Kruk is a member of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, the Chair of the NSW Ambulance Advisory Council, the Deputy Chair of Mental Health Australia, the Chair of the Victorian Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions, the Chair of the WA Partnership Forum reporting to the Premier on improving community services and the Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.







Mr Mark Booth (Chief Executive Officer) [s.116(1)(b)]

Mr Mark Booth has worked extensively in health policy across most areas of the health sector in Australia, the UK and New Zealand and was a 2006–07 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at Brown University in the USA. 

Mr Booth's original background is as a health economist and he has post graduate qualifications in health economics, public administration and public health.

Mr Booth holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in the Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation (CHERE) and is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (ANU).

 
 


Emeritus Professor Mary Barton AO [116(1)(f)]

Emeritus Professor Mary Barton, AO University of South Australia.  BVSc, PhD, Dip Bact, MBA, FACVSc, FASM, Hon DVSc. Worked for many years in veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories in NSW, Vic and SA. Subsequently worked at the University of South Australia teaching microbiology and with research interests in Rhodococcus equi, antibiotic resistance in livestock and food borne infections.





​Ms Teresa Ciprian [116(1)(c)]

Ms Teresa Ciprian has a background in the commercialisation, innovation, marketing and business development of branded consumer dairy and other foods.

She has significant international business experience, having held several senior roles with Danone in both the USA and France from where she worked in a number of international markets. Her primary focus was on identifying, developing and delivering global growth initiatives with central and locally based teams. As Food Science graduate, her early career technical roles spanned quality control, analytical chemistry and product development.

Since returning to New Zealand, Teresa has advised a number of internationally focused businesses on their growth strategies and has developed a governance portfolio that also includes the boards of Zespri, Firstlight Foods Ltd, AgResearch, Aspeq and Phytomed Medicinal Herbs

 






Professor Martin Cole [116(1)(f)]

Professor Martin Cole is the Director of Food and Nutrition Flagship at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Prior to joining CSIRO, Professor Cole 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, Professor Cole 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. Professor Cole 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.



 

Professor Stephen Corbett [s.116(1)(f)]

Associate Professor Stephen Corbett has had more than 20 years of experience as a public and environmental health physician, with qualifications in public health and medicine. His interests include environmental health risk assessment and management, regulatory policy and practice, and chronic disease prevention. Professor Corbett's experience includes holding senior executive positions in NSW Health-Public Health; being Conjoint Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney and Western Clinical School, Westmead Hospital; and being Associate Editor on the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health.



 

Ms Jane Lancaster [s.116(1)(ca)]

Ms Jane Lancaster has significant regulatory and food industry experience with a professional background in science and technology.  She has experience in a broad range of governance roles over 15 years, from SOEs to the private sector and voluntary boards.  Ms Lancaster’s professional training is in biochemistry and biotechnology in plant and food science. She has been a professional member of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology since 1998. She has authored over 75 publications in refereed scientific journals, written two book chapters and has one biotechnology patent. This research background provides an evidence based framework for risk assessment and decision making.  In 2006, in recognition of Ms Lancaster’s leading role in commercialising science and technology with a wide range of companies, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  In the Not for Profit voluntary sector Ms Lancaster is interested in advocacy and support for the well-being of children and vulnerable children in particular.


Professor Mark Lawrence [s.116(1B)]

Professor Mark Lawrence is the Director of the Food Policy Unit at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University. He has 33 years’ experience working as a practitioner and academic in public health nutrition, as well as food policy and regulation, at local, state, national and international levels. Professor Lawrence is an external resource person to the World Health Organization’s Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group Subgroup on Diet and Health. He is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Cochrane Nutrition Field and a member of the joint Australian Department of Health’s and New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Advisory Committee for the review of the Nutrient Reference Values. Professor Lawrence is a member of the NHMRC’s Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence committee, a former member of the NHMRC’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and was Acting Principal Nutritionist at the then National Food Authority 1993 – 97.

 

Dr Andrew McKenzie QSO [s.116(1)(c)]

Dr Andrew McKenzie is qualified as a veterinarian with post graduate qualifications in veterinary public health and has a background working for the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with a focus on the meat, seafood and other food industries. In 2002, Dr McKenzie set up the New Zealand Food Safety Authority and led it until his retirement in June 2010. He has extensive experience in domestic food safety policy and standards, as well as international food safety and trade standards at the bilateral and multilateral level. Dr McKenzie has a continuing interest in management and governance, as well as contemporary regulatory approaches to food safety/quality and trade, particularly around standard-setting.

Registers of Board members' interests

FSANZ Board members must declare material personal interests, as well as certain broader interests, and exclude themselves from any decision making that could be considered a conflict of interest.

Under subsection 125(6) of the FSANZ Act, entries recorded in the Register of FSANZ Board Members’ Material Personal Interests must be published on the internet.

In addition, entries recorded in the Register of FSANZ Board Members’ Other Interests are also published on the website.

You can find both registers below.

Download the Registers of Material Personal Interests and Other Interests (pdf 30KB) | (word 50KB)

Board Charter

The FSANZ Board Charter outlines the objectives of the Board and the various roles and responsibilities of FSANZ Board members. Download the FSANZ Board Charter 2015-16 (pdf 456 kb) | (word 387 kb)​

Board Outcomes

Outcomes of FSANZ Board meetings are published regularly.

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