FIAL’s Chairman, Peter Schutz is a commercially astute senior leader with a proven track record within the food and agriculture industries and research community. With over 40 years’ experience and a background in biochemistry and microbiology, Peter is helping guide the future of Australian food by serving on a number of Boards, and sharing critical knowledge and insights.
Michele Allan has a background in Applied Science, Business Administration and Commercial Law. Michele is a valued Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is current Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. Michele has directly influenced a review into wheat export, Horticulture in Tasmania and the allocation of investment in cleaner technologies in manufacturing. Michele is the Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd and serves on the boards for CSIRO, Grain Growers and Innovation Australia.
Geoff Starr, has a wealth of international experience building consumer markets in Australasia, Asia, Europe and the USA. Geoff, who is commercially minded and intimately understands consumer needs, successfully served as CEO at George Weston Foods and Foodbank. In 2014, Geoff was appointed by the Minister for Industry as a Food and Beverage supply advocate. Geoff has sat on a number of Boards including Foodbank, Australian Pork Ltd and the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
Managing Director, Dr Mirjana Prica is an enthusiastic visionary with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. Mirjana has over 20 years’ experience in the research and development of food, and has worked as a senior research scientist and lecturer at Keele University in the UK. Mirjana has also worked as a scientist at Food Science Australia (CSIRO) where she contributed to the development of improves productivity and sustainability of Australian food.
Director - Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics
Dr Hermione Parsons is an Industry Professor and founding Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics. (PhD (Monash), Master Urban Planning (Melbourne); BA Hons (Monash), Dip Ed. GAICD)
Dr Parsons has extensive executive management experience in public and private sector organisations with responsibility for port landside logistics, multimodal infrastructure, competition, regulation, supply chain reengineering in the fresh produce industry, and industry government relations. Areas of research expertise include end-to-end supply chain strategy, managing supply chain complexity, and problem solving port freight logistics in metropolitan, regional and international markets (particularly South East Asia).
She is Chairperson of the Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women Initiative; a member of the VicTrack Board’s Freight Advisory Committee; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Advisory Network; a Member of the Australian Government National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee; and ‘Critical Friend’ to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources National Food Traceability Program.