Under the FSANZ Act, the FSANZ Board is appointed by the relevant Australian Minister 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.
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.
Ms Robyn Kruk AO [s.116 (1)(a)]
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.
Mr Mark Booth (Chief Executive Officer) [s.116(1)(b)]
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.
Mark's original background is as a health economist and he has post graduate qualifications in health economics, public administration and public health.
Mark 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)]
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 Suzanne Chetwin [116(1B)]
Sue Chetwin 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’s work.
Sue 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. Sue 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 [116(1)(c)]
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)]
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.
Professor Stephen Corbett [s.116(1)(f)]
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.
Stephen'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 [s.116(1B)]
Jo Davey is a company director and consultant experienced in general management, innovation, food safety, regulatory affairs 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.
In addition to her FSANZ role, Jo serves as a Director of the Subtropical Dairy Programme, a Regional Development Programme of Dairy Australia responsible for research, development and extension for the dairy farming sector in northern Australia, and as a Director of PPB Pty Ltd, a start-up diagnostics company.
Jo was a Director of Dairy Food Safety Victoria, of Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and its predecessor organisations and of Australian Dairy Proteins, and was a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship for 10 years. She has also served as the national and state President of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia and President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.
Jo has held senior commercial and technical roles in the Dairy Farmers Group and was the Managing Director of Diabetes Smart, a start-up company established to develop and market foods designed for people living with diabetes.
Dr Michael Dunbier [s.116(1B)]
Dr Michael Dunbier is a research scientist with expertise in genetics and plant breeding. He is a former director of DSIR Crop Research and was the founding Chief Executive of Crop & Food Research. He is currently a Director of the Foundation for Arable Research.
Previous Chair roles include Pastoral Genomics, the BioProtection Centre of Research Excellence, SunPrime Seeds (Aust), Arable Food Industry Council, Vegetable Research and Innovation Board of HortNZ and the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology International Science and Technology Advisory Committee. Previous directorships include AgResearch, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Grains Research and Development Corporation (Aust), Quality Wheat CRC (Aust), Lincoln International and Dairy InSight.
In 2005, Michael received the Bledisloe Medal from Lincoln University and in 2011 the Jubilee Medal from the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science.
Mr John Hart [s.116(1B)]
John Hart 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. John came to the Association from Tourism Training NSW where he was Executive Officer for five years.
John 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.
John currently also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board between 2013 and 2017 and was previously on the Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council.
Ms Jane Lancaster [s.116(1)(ca)]
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. Jane'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 Jane'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 Jane is interested in advocacy and support for the well-being of children and vulnerable children in particular.
Professor Mark Lawrence [s.116(1B)]
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.
Makr 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. Mark 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.
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 247 kb) | (word 54 kb)
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)
Outcomes of FSANZ Board meetings are published regularly.