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Fit for purpose—food regulation now and in the future

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Waterview in Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Drive

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127


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We are hosting our first Biennial Stakeholder Forum on 5 March 2019.

Experts representing our key stakeholders will explore topics relating to our food regulation system and will take a look into the future of food regulation, food safety and food science.

The one day event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Not to missed by anyone with an interest in our food regulation system, places are limited.


Ms Melanie Fisher

Forum Faciliator

Melanie's most recent role was as the Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, an Australian National University endoed fund offering PhD scholarships to high potential Australian Public Service employees. She left the role in September 2018 to focus on her volunteer and consulting work.

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.

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.

Ms Robyn Kruk AO

FSANZ Board Chair

Robyn Kruk AO 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

Robyn 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, Robyn 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, Robyn 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. Robyn 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.

Robyn 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.

​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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Peter Abelson

Peter Abelson is a managing director at Applied Economics.

Peter has over 40 years of consulting experience in Australia and overseas, specializing in public economics and cost-benefit analysis. He also runs regular executive training courses for public servants. His recent work in Australia includes government pricing policy, major transport projects, evaluation of public health programs and hospitals, planning for infrastructure, and analyses of housing prices.

He has worked for international agencies in many countries including China, India, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2001 to 2005, Peter held a Personal Chair at Macquarie University. From 2006 to 2012, Peter was a Visiting Scholar and taught public finance at the University of Sydney.

Peter is the author of Public Economics 3E (2012, published by McGraw-Hill), the leading Australian text in public finance and the role of government in the economy.

From 2006, he has been a part-time economic advisor to the NSW Treasury. From 2012 to 2017, he was the first popularly elected Mayor of Mosman Council (Sydney).

Peter has a B.A. from Oxford University, M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D from London University.

​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

Professor Tapsell is a leading academic in the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds an undergraduate qualification in Science (Biochemistry and Pharmacology), post graduate qualifications in Dietetics and in Medical Education and a PhD in Nutrition and Public Health. Previously she has served as Director the ARC Key Centre for Smart Foods and the National Centre of Excellence in Functional Foods; as well as a discipline expert for NHMRC grant review panels, the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, and the Medical and Health Sciences panel of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA). She has contributed significantly to nutrition research translation including a 2010 PMSEIC report, Australia and Food Security in a Changing World, and the NHMRC/DoHA Australian Dietary Guidelines 2012. She is now on the Advisory Committee currently reviewing the Nutrient Reference Values for Australians and continues to serve on several international science advisory committees. She is a long standing member of the American Society of Nutrition, a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia and Editor / chief author of the textbook Food, Nutrition and Health (Oxford University Press).

Professor Tapsell experienced 15 years working in health services before becoming an academic, and is Editor in Chief of the Journal Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a strong track record in dietary trials addressing lifestyle and chronic disease risk and to date has supervised 18 successful PhD students. She has attracted over $15M in research funding including category 1 grants, and has over 170 publications in scientific journals.

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