2020 Food Safety, Risk and Compliance Conference
Achieving world class food safety and compliance systems through sustainable practices
Quality Assurance Manager
Eleanor Flynn has worked in the food industry for over 15 years and has broad experience having held roles in NPD, Quality and Production and has a focus on Process Improvement. She has a degree in Food Engineering as well as a Diploma in Marketing and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Data Science. She has worked on the commissioning of new lines, introduced real-time data capture systems as well as led the implementation of Business Process Management software to support the modernisation of a Quality Management System. Eleanor works as Quality Assurance Manager and as an Improvement Consultant at Venerdi Ltd. – a gluten-free bakery in West Auckland.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Director of Food Regulation
Ministry for Primary Industries
Paul Dansted is the Director Food Regulation in New Zealand Food Safety, a strategic business unit within the Ministry for Primary Industries. The Food Regulation directorate is responsible for setting and implementing standards for food production, processing, testing, import, and export. Paul has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Auckland. He has worked for more than 20 years in policy, operations, science, and regulatory roles in the public sector, and has contributed to and led development of international food standards.
International Keynote Speakers
Food Safety Governance Manager
Lisa has enjoyed a career in Product Development. She started her career at Peter’s Ice cream, and has enjoyed a variety of roles at, Nestle, Kraft, SPC and now Simplot Australia. In her current role, Lisa is responsible for assisting Simplot Australia’s Innovation team with food safety matters, and for developing frameworks that facilitate effective food safety governance and risk mitigation. This has afforded her the opportunity to work in the field of Allergen Management where she has enjoyed reviewing and continuously improving the company’s allergen management practices.
Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management Pty Ltd (Australia)
Robin Sherlock is Director of Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management, and provides risk reviews, analytical advice, consultation and training to the food industry. Rob’s background is in medical laboratory science and she has nearly 20 years’ experience in food science, collaborating with food producers, retailers, food service and caterers, hospitals and regulators to establish robust allergen management tools and programs to reduce risk for both industry and allergic consumers. Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management is an Allergen Bureau endorsed VITAL® Training Provider. Rob has extensive experience in the area of food allergen analysis, has participated in a number of international technical groups and contributed to a range of publications on food allergen analysis, allergen management challenges and industry based best practice for allergen management. She was part of the working group which was instrumental in the development of the VITAL ® program and several core Allergen Bureau publications and tools. She was Vice-President of the Board of The Allergen Bureau and continues her work with the Allergen Bureau as Technical Advisor (Analysis) as well as her role as Education and CPD Manager for the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).
Senior Adviser Food Claims - New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
Founder & Lead Consultant
With a focus on exports, Kathy has over 20 years working in specialist areas of regulation in the food, animal product, production sectors - including over 10 years negotiating bilateral food safety and animal health standards with overseas markets. After graduating in both social science and veterinary science, Kathy worked in animal and food science regulatory roles and worked for New Zealand’s Food Safety Authority (now Food Safety New Zealand, part of Ministry for Primary Industries). Kathy’s wide experience working in regulatory and market access roles gives her an appreciation of the challenges and change that our food sector has to grapple with. She served as a Market Access Counsellor for 11 years, after working as an animal product export verifier, engaging with both industries, standard-setters and policy-makers as well as with trade officials, government regulators and importers in South East Asia and North America. She has a vast amount of experience researching, negotiating, publishing and clarifying government export and market access standards, as well as successfully managing many official audits by overseas regulators. Her work has focused on a wide range of overseas markets including the EU, Russia, USA, Mexico, Caribbean, and South East Asia. Kathy has been involved in providing training and mentoring in a wide range of areas including export food standards, electronic export health certification, regulation of halal food certification, market access negotiation and animal welfare investigation & enforcement and veterinary nursing. All of these roles have involved working with people, many from diverse backgrounds and cultures.