This year’s attendees will hear from our international and local food expert keynote speakers including:

Dr Craig Shadbolt 

Food Incident Response & Complaints Manager

Dr Craig Shadbolt is Manager of the Food Incident Response and Complaints unit with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Australia’s only through-chain food safety agency with regulatory responsibility from farm-to-fork.

Craig has been with NSW DPI since 2004 and has over 15 years experience in ensuring that outbreaks of foodborne disease and other food hazards are managed effectively to prevent harm to human health and limit damage to the food industry. This has led to Craig’s involvement in primary production and on-farm activities, through to manufacturing and retail/foodservice, in both incident response capacity and industry awareness campaigns.

Watch Dr Craig Shadbolt present “Recent Outbreaks With High Risk Horticulture” on Wednesday, 21 August @ 11:30am

Amanda Evans – Lara

Principle Food Safety Consultant and Compliance Specialist

Principle Food Safety Consultant and Compliance Specialist, Amanda Evans-Lara, has over 25 years’ experience working with Australian and International food businesses. A strong platform of skill and knowledge has been built after initially working for 7 years as a Food Inspector for the NSW government and for the past 20 years, as a food safety auditor, educator and compliance consultant.

Amanda is an FSPCA Lead Instructor for the Preventive Controls for Human Food in addition to the Intentional Adulteration Vulnerability Assessments standardized curriculum, both which are recognized as adequate by the FDA.

Watch Amanda Evans – Lara present “Importing Requirements in USA as a Result of FSMA” on Wednesday, 21 August @ 1:25pm

Mark Field

Head of Coles Brand

Prior to joining Coles Supermarkets, Mark held the position of Group Technical Director for 2 Sisters Food Group, one of Europe’s largest Protein & Chilled Foods manufacturers as they also accelerated into their acquisition phase covering sites in Europe and the start-up operation of Fresh & Easy in the USA.

Mark joined Coles Supermarkets in December 2011, taking a number of Senior Roles within the Own Brand team and reaching his current position as Head of Coles Brand in 2015, where he leads the innovation agenda.

Watch Mark Field present “Consumer Demands Driving Product Innovation and Emerging Food Trends” on Wednesday, 21 August @ 3:15pm

Paul Saeki

Kakadu Plum Business Development Manager

Paul Saeki is the Kakadu Plum Business Development Manager for the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, and manages the Secretariat of the Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance (NAAKPA). NAAKPA is a consortium of nine Aboriginal Corporations operating across northern Australia representing about 60% of annual volume of Kakadu Plum harvested.

Watch Paul Saeki present “Food Safety and Wild Harvest of Native Foods” on Wednesday, 21 August @ 4:15pm

Ron McNaughton

Head of the Scottish Food Crime & Incidents Unit

Ron was initially a consultant for Food Standards Scotland and became the Head of the Scottish Food Crime & Inidents Unit in 2016 after being asked to build a food crime capability by the Chief Executive. A former Senior Police Officer in Scotland, he retired from the Police in 2015, after 30 years’ service. During this period he served in a number of operational policing roles. For the last five years of his police service, he was specifically involved in leading the investigation into serious and organised crime as Force Authorising Officer and Head of Intelligence for Tayside Police.  In that role he was responsible for all force covert activity. Latterly Ron worked within the Police Service of Scotland’s intelligence function and performed the role of Intelligence Commander for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Watch Ron McNaughton present “An Intelligence Led Approach to Tackling Food Crime” on Thursday, 22 August @ 9:05am

Craig McGrath

Detective Inspector, Drug and Serious Crime Group-Major and Organised Crime Squad

Detective Inspector Craig McGrath – Queensland Police Service, State Crime Command. Craig is the Operations Manager for the Major and Organised Crime Squad, which had carriage of Operation Quebec Rosella, the deliberate contamination of Queensland strawberries products in 2018.

Watch Craig McGrath present “Police Investigative Perspective – Lessons Learnt” on Thursday, 22 August @ 10:10am

Keith Chessell

Education Team, Australian Institute of Packaging

Keith Chessell has over 50 years packaging expertise with 46 of these working with the one company in the Food, Beverage & Confectionery industry (Parsons, Cottee’s, Schweppes, Pepsi, Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez). Over the last 17 years his focus has been in the training, education and assisting individuals and manufacturers in understanding the importance of sustainable packaging design. In more recent years he has been actively involved with the AIP in providing packaging technical expertise for industry-based Save Food Packaging and Fighting Food Waste programs for Australia and NZ. Keith is the AIP representative on the APCO Board and Standards Australia Environmental Labelling EV-021-05 committee.

Watch Keith Chessell present “The Role That Packaging Plays in Reducing Food Waste” on Thursday, 22 August @ 1:30pm

Krista Watkins

Food Waste Innovator

Krista Watkins is a leader in agricultural innovation and the co-founder and Managing Director of Natural Evolution, a company specializing in green banana and other waste produce products. She is an advocate for innovation and disruption, and passionate about reinvigorating the Australian Food manufacturing industry. Krista’s interest in reducing waste and finding uses for unsaleable produce led to the development of Natural Evolution in 2015. Following tireless work and research, she and husband Rob built the worlds first pharmaceutical grade green banana processing facility and pioneered the process of turning produce in functional foods and cosmetics. Krista’s efforts have earned her the prestigious Agrifutures Rural Woman of the Year 2018. 

Watch Krista Watkins present “Minimising Food Waste” on Thursday, 22 August @ 1:50pm

Ria Smith

HSE Director

An HSEQ management professional, Ria joined Sodexo in 2010 with 14 years’ experience in the food and medical industry. Ria has a proven track record in HSEQ management and management system implementation leading Sodexo’s certification for ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental), ISO 22000 (Food Safety) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety). Ria is a qualified Lead Auditor of international management system standards. Ria was appointed National HSEQ Manager for Sodexo’s Remote Sites business in May 2011 and HSE Director for Sodexo’s Australian business in September 2015. Managing the HSE team across Australia, Ria is responsible for the development and implementation of health, safety and environmental strategy and management tools business wide. Graduating from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, with honours in Food Technology, Ria has completed her Masters in Occupational Health and Safety at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Watch Ria Smith present “Sodexo’s Approach Towards a Better Tomorrow” on Thursday, 22 August @ 2:10pm

Anne Gabriel

Marine Stewardship Council Oceania Program Director

Over 25 years as a sustainability professional in international and regional roles involved in national schemes by various governments and the private sector in their procurement vision and policies on certified sustainable commodities; environmental, social and animal welfare initiatives; crisis & issues management; stakeholder mapping and engagement; consumer advocacy movements as well as traceability and eco labelling programs, spanning South East Asia, Europe, India, China, US and Oceania.

Anne has won numerous awards for regional campaigns and has also contributed her perspectives in a book on new digital media environment and its impact to communications trends, which was published in Malaysia and distributed in SEA.

Watch Anne Gabriel present “Tightening the Net on Seafood Fraud” on Thursday, 22 August @ 3:25pm

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