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.
Terrence O’Brien, is a qualified accountant with in-depth experience and knowledge across banking and finance. He is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Company Directors, and has lectured at Monash University. Terrence was the Managing Director of Simplot for over 15 years, and serves as Chairman of the Australian Food & Grocery Council and the Retailer & Suppliers Round Table. Terrence has represented the food industry on the Federal Government’s Food Processors Industry Steering Group, the National Food Policy Working Group and the National Food Industry Strategy Group.
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.
Jane Bennett began her career as a cheesemaker in rural Tasmania, became a director at the age of 25 and now sits on several major boards, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Having previously served on CSIRO and the Brand Tasmania Council boards, Jane offers the industry in-depth knowledge and experience in vertically integrated dairy operations. Jane was recognised as the 2010 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 1997 Australian ABC Radio Rural Woman of the Year.
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.