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Appendix 2 - Food Standards Australia New Zealand Board expertise and experience (2017-18)

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​​​​Sections of the FSANZ Act which apply to members’ expertise and experience:

s. 116(1)(a) Chair
One or more of the following fields: public health, consumer affairs, food science, food allergy, human nutrition, medical science, microbiology, food safety, biotechnology, veterinary science, food industry, food processing or retailing, primary food production, small business, international trade, government, or food regulation.
s. 116(1)(b) CEO
s. 116(1)(c) 2 members nominated by the New Zealand lead Minister
One or more of the following fields: public health, consumer affairs, food science, food allergy, human nutrition, medical science, microbiology, food safety, biotechnology, veterinary science, food industry, food processing or retailing, primary food production, small business, international trade, government or food regulation.
s. 116(1)(ca) 1 member nominated by the New Zealand lead Minister
One or more of the following fields: public health, consumer affairs, food science, food allergy, human nutrition, medical science, microbiology, food safety, biotechnology or veterinary science.
s. 116(1)(d) 1 member nominated by consumer organisations*
s.116(1)(e) 1 member nominated by the CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council
s. 116(1)(f) 3 members nominated by organisations, or public bodies, established for purposes relating to science or public health*
One or more of the following fields: public health, consumer affairs, food science, food allergy, human nutrition, medical science, microbiology, food safety, biotechnology or veterinary science.
s. 116(1)(g) 2 members nominated by organisations, or public bodies, established for purposes relating to the food industry*
One or more of the following fields: the food industry, food processing or retailing, primary food production, small business, international trade, government or food regulation

Robyn Kruk AO (term expires 30 September 2020)

Ms Robyn Kruk [s. 116 (1)(a)] was appointed Chair of the FSANZ Board on 2 November 2016.

Ms Kruk 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.

Emeritus Professor Mary Barton AO (term expires 6 July 2021)

Emeritus Professor Mary Barton [s. 116(1) (f)], worked for many years in veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Subsequently Professor Barton worked at the University of South Australia teaching microbiology and with research interests in Rhodococcus equi, antibiotic resistance in livestock and food borne infections

Mr Mark Booth (Chief Executive Officer) (term expires 5 March 2021)

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

Ms Sue Chetwin (term expires 16 October 2021)

Ms Suzanne Chetwin [s. 116(1B)] has been the CEO of Consumer NZ for 10 years. The organisation is a highly trusted, public-facing not-for-profit, which advocates on behalf of consumers. Research into public health, nutrition and food labelling form a significant part of Consumer NZ’s work.

Ms Chetwin is a founding member of the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue which provides insights to FSANZ. She is an experienced and award-winning journalist, having been editor of two national Sunday newspapers and the founding editor of the Herald on Sunday. She has been involved with monitoring media standards through the former Online Media Standards Authority. Ms Chetwin is a director of the NZ Banking Ombudsman scheme. She is currently studying part-time for a law degree at Victoria University, Wellington.

Ms Teresa Ciprian (term expires 30 June 2021)

Ms Teresa Ciprian [s. 116(1)(c)] 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, Ms Cirprian 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 (term expires 6 July 2021)

Professor Martin Cole [s. 116(1)(f)] is the Director of The Flagship of Food, Nutrition and Bioproducts 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 as 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 board of the Institute of Food Technology.

Associate Professor Stephen Corbett (term expires 30 June 2019)

Associate Professor Stephen Corbett [s. 116(1)(f)] 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. Associate 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 Josephine Davey (term expires 16 October 2021)

Ms Jo Davey [s. 116(1B)] is a company director and food industry consultant experienced in general management, food safety, innovation and product development in the dairy and food manufacturing sectors. She is a Director of Pirrama Consulting Pty Ltd, which provides management and technical consulting services to the food and beverage industries.

Ms Davey was the Managing Director of a start-up food company supporting people with specific dietary requirements and held senior commercial and technical roles in the Dairy Farmers Group. Ms Davey is a Director of Dairy Food Safety Victoria and of the Subtropical Dairy Programme. She was a Director of Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and its predecessor organisations and a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship for 10 years. She has served as President of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia and President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

Mr John Hart (term expires 16 October 2021)

Mr John Hart [s. 116(1B)] is Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia, Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism and on the Board of the National Centre of Vocation Education Research, the Australian Business Register and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant & Catering Australia in 1999. Restaurant & Catering Australia is the peak industry body representing restaurants, cafes and caterers across Australia. Mr Hart came to the Association from Tourism Training NSW where he was Executive Officer for five years.

Mr Hart has spent over 30 years working in the hospitality industry in operational, HR and IR roles, trained in food and beverage management at the Ecole Hotelliere Lausanne, in Switzerland, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law.

Mr Hart also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board between 2013 and 2017 and was previously on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.

Ms Jane Lancaster (term expires 30 June 2019)

Ms Jane Lancaster [s. 116(1)(ca)] 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 (term expires 6 July 2021)

Professor Mark Lawrence [s. 116(1B)] 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 (term expires 30 June 2018)

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

 

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