Gary Kennedy, Managing Director, Correct Food Systems Gary Kennedy

Gary has an enviable reputation in the food industry as a knowledgeable food safety specialist.Gary has been Managing Director of Correct Food System for over 10 years, having worked in food technology, food safety and all aspects of healthcare, food manufacturing and food service previously. He been involved with the Cook Chill Council (now the AIFST National Cook Chill Group) for over a decade, and written many industry guidelines and codes of practice. He is a leading nationally qualified food safety auditor, qualified to audit many schemes ( RABQSA, WQA, SQF ,CLG, BRC, YUM etc) in a vast array of product scopes. Gary is recognised his peers and industry as a leader, often being approached by the media to discuss food technology and food safety issues, including, ABC Radio, Foxtel’s Channel V, Channel 7’s Today Tonight.

Gary is a National Food Safety Auditor, level 4 high risk, with a extensive range of industry scopes. He is an approved third party regulatory auditor in NSW, Vic and WA.
Gary is also a qualified workplace trainer and assessor working for Correct Training Systems, the associate Registered Training Organisation ( RTO 88118 ) to Correct Food Systems.

Gary has extensive specialist expertise in the meat industry, smallgoods, cook chill processing including sous vide , food service for vulnerable populations, the beverage industry, high pressure pasteurisation, and food microbiology.
Gary has an uncanny ability to distil and simplify complex information, to its essence, ensuring clients gain a practical realistic workable solution to food technology and safety issues. Clients include:

  • a NSW government department
  • a artisan baker supplying many major restaurants and retail outlets in NSW, ACT, and Victoria
  • several gourmet pie producers
  • a integrated agribusiness, including export of meat products
  • a high pressure pasteurisation plant
  • several gourmet producers of traditional smallgoods
  • several private hospitals and healthcare facilities

Adel Salman, Head of Supply Chain, Bega Cheese LimitedAdel Salman

Adel Salman is Head of Supply Chain for Bega Cheese Ltd, a $1.1bn Australian diary icon that produces the number one cheese brand in the market and a diverse range of dairy products including nutritionals. Adel has extensive F&B industry experience but has also held senior procurement roles in the automotive industry and government.

Bega Cheese is expanding its capabilities and product portfolio to cater for new growth opportunities both domestically and internationally, so whilst removing unnecessary costs and de-risking the supply chain have been important focus areas to protect the business, Adel has positioned Supply Chain to be a key enabler of future growth across its multiple product platforms.

Federico Bettini, Director of Strategic Procurement, Lion CoFederico Bettini

A forward thinking, contextually intelligent and visionary leader with a divergent approach to the complexity of the new and future world of business challenges.

He describes himself as an ‘Intrapreneurial leader’ with genuine curiosity to continuously learn from people and experiences around him.

Fed has professional experience ranging from start-up private companies, to family business, through to large multinational corporates, with industry experience in Agriculture, FMCG and Packaging.

Thomas Tuszynski,Group Category Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Resorts LimitedThomas Tuszynski





David Faulmann, GM Advocacy, Business for DevelopmentMHC_7483_300dpiHeadshot (2)

David Faulmann advocates for the development of inclusive value chains in the Southeast Asia region. He works with government, business, NGO’s, multilateral agencies and the academic community promoting the uptake of these inclusive business models.

Recently he led a research initiative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assessing the positive social impact that leading companies are creating in emerging markets through core business activity – the majority of these being from the food and agribusiness sector.

David regularly speaks on and facilitates inclusive business workshops and leads Business for Development’s regional partnership with the UNDP’s Business Call to Action platform. David holds a Bachelor of Arts International Studies from Deakin University and he is Chair of the Board of Offspring, an Australian NGO focused on rehabilitating women rescued from the human trafficking industry in India.

Peter Liddell, Partner – Asia Pacific Head of Strategy & Operations, KPMG AustraliaPeter Liddell

Peter has been with KPMG for 26 years and is a Management Consulting Partner based in the Melbourne office. Having recently returned from a 3 year secondment in Shanghai, he is the Australian Lead Partner for Supply Chain and Procurement Advisory Services. Peter works with his clients to identify opportunities that enhance their operational and financial performance.

Peter has commanded numerous Business Transformation programs that have driven value throughout the clients’ portfolios by accelerating opportunities to mitigate excessive business complexity and unnecessary operational costs. He applies a number of alternative methods and techniques including process optimization, strategic sourcing, uplifting business maturity and capability and he applies a very strict analytical type approach that is focussed on cost improvement.
Peter has worked with a range of clients across many industries with his key expertise being within the Consumer Products, Food and Beverage, Retail, Industrial Manufacturing, Health and Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Telecommunications, Transport and Logistics sectors.

Ann Tindale, Senior Advisor – Food & Beverage, GS1 AustraliaAnn Tindale

Ann is an accomplished manager with over 20 years’ experience  in business development, industry engagement and supply chain across multiple industries including the Food and Grocery sector.

She joined GS1 Australia in 2010 and is currently responsible for leading the development and growth of the Foodservice sector within the Industry Engagement team.  She is committed to helping Foodservice organisations understand the importance of product data implementation via GS1 standards, to drive safety and business efficiency through the Foodservice supply chain. 

With strong knowledge about the value of global GS1 standards in the Foodservice sector, Ann is project lead for GS1 Australia and the National Product Catalogue at Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) and HealthShare NSW.  She is working with both organisations and their supplier base to ensure accurate data across the supply chain.

Ann co-chairs the GS1 Foodservice Steering Committee made up of leading organisations including Nestle, Simplot, Sanitarium, Bidvest, PFD and Countrywide.

Margaret Balfour, Managing Director, Integrity Compliance SolutionsMargaret Balfour

Margaret has worked in the food industry in Australasia and America since 1994 and has developed extensive networks in business and RTOs over that time. Prior to joining ICS, she ran her own business (Diligence Systems Management) from 2008, where her services included contract auditing, training and client management to JAS-ANZ registered third party certification bodies.

Margaret has provided auditing and training services under contract to third party certification bodies (HACCP, WQA, Coles, BRC, Feedsafe, ISO22000), and second-party programs including McDonalds, National Heart Foundation, Feedsafe, ALDI, Coles, WQA, and Spotless since 2003 when she started at SAI Global and subsequently in her own consultancy.

At ICS she develops training solutions and manages contract trainers in the delivery of solutions. These include tailored training, auditing and consultancy services to industry on contract and referral basis. Training in BRC, Codex HACCP, ISO22000, Internal Audit and GMP including training senior managers of national manufacturers. Margaret is an approved training provider for BRC (Food, Storage and Distribution), one of only three in Australia.

Other companies she has worked for include Redflow Pty Ltd, Foodland, AFFS/Centre for Food Technology/QDPI, Unifoods and van den Bergh’s, in a range of progressively more senior roles with responsibility for quality assurance, food safety and risk management

Margaret holds a B. App. Sc. (Hons), majoring in medical microbiology, from Central Queensland University 1993, and is presently studying for a Grad.Cert. in Applied Law at University of Queensland.

Margaret’s standing in the industry and extensive network ensures ICS has a high profile within the food safety industry.

Sarah Hyland, General Manager- Commercial Services, AIFSTSarah Hyland

Sarah is the General Manager of Industry Services at the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. The AIFST is a national association of food professionals dedicated to advancing Australia’s position as a sustainable and world leading food industry.

Sarah has been working in the food business for over 25 years. Her professional training is in chemistry and agriculture and her career has spanned many facets of food from oat breeding, grain storage, malting, brewing, breakfast cereal manufacture, sensory science and 15 years of consumer market research.

Janine Curll BSc (Microbiology) LL.B MAIFST, Phd Candidate (Monash University), Food Regulatory Specialist/ Director, Food Janine CurllLabelling Matters

Janine Curll BSc (Microbiology) LLB MAIFST PhD Candidate (Monash University) is principal consultant of Food Labelling Matters– a consulting practice devoted to food regulatory affairs, strategy and compliance (www.foodlabellingmatters.com). Janine’s professional research focus at Monash University is strategies for ‘food fraud’ control within Australia’s food control system. She provides specific food fraud prevention consultancy services at www.foodfraud.net.au .

Janine’s work is based on nearly 20 years of experience in legal and scientific research, investigation, compliance and regulatory systems. She has worked for plaintiff and defendant law firms, a state food regulator the NSW Food Authority, and universities. She is an acknowledged expert in food labelling regulations and business compliance in Australia and New Zealand. At the NSW Food Authority Janine investigated and prosecuted serious breaches of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, including false description and labelling compliance. In August 2015 the Australian Business Law Review published the first academic contribution on food fraud in Australia, authored by Janine Curll. See Curll, J The significance of food fraud in Australia (2015) 43 ALBR 270: www.academia.edu/15784381/The_significance_of_food_fraud_in_Australia

Janine Curll has extensive experience as a food regulatory investigator within Australia’s national food control system. Combined with her PhD research on food fraud she is uniquely positioned to provide insights and assistance to help food businesses identify vulnerabilities and establish food fraud controls.

Trish Gleeson, ABARESTrish Gleeson

Trish Gleeson directs the team of agricultural commodity analysts at ABARES, which produces the outlook for Australia’s major agricultural commodities published each quarter in Agricultural Commodities and the Australian Crop Report. While her own research focus has mainly been on livestock commodities and markets, Trish was also the lead ABARES researcher on a joint CSIRO/ABARES assessment of food and fibre supply chains in northern Australia.
Prior to her role in agricultural commodities, Trish managed ABARES’ program of energy research where her team was responsible for the production of Australia’s energy statistics and projections for the International Energy Agency. Between 2004 and 2008 she worked on trade issues in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and prior to this spent a period of time in ABARES as a livestock commodities analyst covering the meat, wool and dairy industries.

Nick Peksa, Business Development Director, MintecNick Peksa

Nick works almost exclusively with the purchasing departments of global retailers and FMCG companies specialising in food and food-related markets.

Nick regularly speaks at supply chain conferences around the world, and more recently he has embarked on gathering an understanding of the risk and resilience agenda of global procurement leaders by hosting a series of CPO round tables across four continents. He also writes a regular column for European Supermarkets Magazine, as well as providing market insight and opinion to the UK broadsheet press.

Paul Oh, Global Product Manager, SAI GlobalPaul Oh

Paul Oh is the Global Product Manager for SAI Global, a world leader in risk management solutions. For the last 11 years, Paul has been in commercial leadership positions bringing to market a number of products and services, always ensuring that the voice of the customer remains firmly in the centre.

More recently at SAI Global, he has been working with clients globally in a number of different industries to build solutions to help manage their supply chain risk and was responsible for the recent SAI Global survey into supply chain risk management, with a focus the Retail Agrifood sector. With degrees in both Business and Psychology, he offers a different perspective on supply chain risk and is currently undertaking research in the individual and organisational factors that affect compliance. 

Kimberly Coffin, Director, Global Accounts APAC, SAI GlobalKimberley Coffin

Over the past 30 years, the last 16 of which with SAI Global, Kimberly has worked for and with leading food and beverage manufacturers, leading retailers and other associated organisations across the FMCG supply chain in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Australia in various technical, compliance and strategic account management roles.

Kimberly holds formal qualifications in food science – Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, USA as well as professional qualifications in food / management systems auditing/assessment and education/training.

Given her education and extensive professional experience, Kimberly has comprehensive knowledge of the complexities of the Retail-Agrifood sector and deep understanding of challenges faced by organisations with monitoring, mitigation and management of risks related to food/people safety, product quality and legality as well as sustainability and global sourcing.

Chai Alexiou, Executive Director, Supply Chain, Compass Group AustraliaChai Alexiou 150

Chai is the Executive Director, Retail and Supply Chain at Compass Group and is responsible for the procurement and logistics functions across Australia and PNG.

Compass Australia is a leading services company employing 13,000 people across over 700 locations in Australia.

Chai joined Compass Group in 2004 having previously worked for market leading local and Global Retailers, including as Buying Director at Aldi Stores and as a Category Manager for Coles Myer Supermarkets, with over 20 years management experience in multiple countries and markets, Chai has held senior positions in a diverse range of roles.

Chai is also a non-Executive Director of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC), and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing (CIPS)

Angeline Achariya, Chief Executive Officer, Food Innovation Centre, Monash UniversityAngeline Achariya

Angeline is a highly capable senior executive with extensive experience in commercialising innovation, strategy development and end to end R&D execution. Angeline’s leadership in fast moving consumer goods & food service retail in commercialising innovation across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Thailand markets has resulted in a successful track record of over 800 innovations launched across grocery and quick service restaurants. Angeline’s career in the food industry has spanned from small business, consultancy to blue chip FMCG companies like Masterfoods Japan; Fonterra, Yum! Brands and Mondelez International and has delivered significant projects in innovation and change management initiatives over her career. She is a highly sought after innovation speaker at national and international innovation conferences/workshops on innovation leadership/management and export pathways to Asia. Angeline’s strong commercial and innovation skills have paved the way for her leading and establishing a world first innovation capability and services start-up, the Mondelez International Food Innovation Centre (FIC). The FIC has now transitioned to Monash University as a timeshare innovation services start up to support the growth and revitalisation of the Australian food manufacturing industry.