Page last updated April 2021
Under the FSANZ Act, the FSANZ Board is appointed by the relevant Australian Minister in consultation with the Food Ministers' Meeting 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 members
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.
Mr Steve McCutcheon [s.121 (1)(a)]
Mr Steve McCutcheon was appointed Acting Chair of the FSANZ Board from 31 March 2021.
Steve McCutcheon has worked with the food and agriculture sectors for his entire career. From 1997 to 2007, he held senior leadership roles within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture relating to animal and plant health and food safety. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of FSANZ and remained in that role until 2017. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Plant Health Australia Limited, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Valmar Support Services Limited and a member of the Governing Board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).
Steve has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 CNZM [116(1B)]
Sue Chetwin led Consumer NZ for 13 years until her recent resignation. 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. Sue is currently studying fulltime to complete a law degree at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a director of the Financial Markets Authority, is chairing a review of InternetNZ policies and was recently appointed to a Law Society Independent Review group.
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)]
Professor Martin Cole is Head of the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide and an internationally recognised food scientist with expertise in food safety, food trends and innovation, processing and nutrition, and the translation of science into community and commercial outcomes.
Prior to joining the School in October 2019 Martin held positions including Director of CSIRO Food and Nutrition, and Director of the US National Center for Food Safety and Technology, the largest and most successful centre of excellence of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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) and as a Director of PPB Pty Ltd, a start-up diagnostics company.
Previous directorships include Dairy Food Safety Victoria, Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd and its predecessor organisations, and Australian Dairy Proteins. She 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 a start-up food company, Diabetes Smart.
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 OAM [s.116(1B)]
John Hart is Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism and on the Board of the Tourism Australia, the Australian Business Register, The Angus Knight Group, Hospitality Training Network and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
He was Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia between 1999 and 2020. 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 35 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 and a Master of 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. In 2021, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen's 95th Birthday Honours.
Professor Palatasa Havea ONZM [s.116 (1)(ca)]
Professor Palatasa Havea (Tasa) started a new role in February this year as the Dean of Pacific Students’ Success at Massey University, Palmerston North. He had a 26 year long successful research career in the dairy industry. His research focused on understanding how the molecular changes in dairy proteins can lead to the desired balance between being nutritional and functional ingredients in food products. Tasa invented a number of patented technologies that bring tens of millions of dollars of annual foreign earnings to the NZ economy. He also brings a distinguished record of leadership in the Pacific community, serving on a range of boards, committees and reference groups including the Health Research Council, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Pacific Peoples. In 2018, he received the Queen’s new year’s medal, NZ Order of Merit, in recognition of his services to the dairy industry and the NZ Pacific community.
Professor Mark Lawrence [s.116(1B)]
Mark Lawrence is Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. He has 35 years' experience working as a practitioner and academic in food policy and regulation at local, state, national and international levels. Mark's research interests focus on investigating healthy and sustainable food systems, dietary guidelines, ultra-processed foods, Nutrient Reference Values and food labelling and fortification.
He is: an external advisor to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization;
Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia; Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Task Force on Sustainable Diets; Chair of the Advisory Board for Cochrane Nutrition; Member of NHMRC's Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence committee; Team leader of the ARC-funded project, 'Reforming evidence synthesis and translation for food and nutrition policy'; Former member of NHMRC's Dietary Guidelines Working Committee; and was Acting Principal Nutritionist at the then National Food Authority, 1993–97.
Dr Roscoe Taylor (116(1)(f))
Dr Taylor is a specialist in public health medicine with a broad background in general practice, humanities and environmental science. He occupied the statutory position of Director of Public Health in Tasmania from 2002 – 2015 and was also Chief Health Officer 2012-15. He has continued to work across a number of jurisdictions, maintaining interests in environmental health, communicable diseases and chronic disease prevention.
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.
See the Register of Material Personal Interests and Other Interests
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FSANZ Board Charter outlines the objectives of the Board and the various roles and responsibilities of FSANZ Board members.
Outcomes of FSANZ
Board meetings are published regularly.