Dairy Food Safety Victoria's Board is an independent, skills-based board accountable to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture.
The Minister appoints the Chairman and may also appoint one member nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The remaining five members are appointed by the Minister acting upon the recommendations of an industry selection committee.
Each member holds office for a term not exceeding three years and is eligible for re-appointment.
Anne is the former inaugural CEO of the Victorian government’s authority, Dairy Food Safety Victoria. She previously held senior executive positions in the Victorian public sector for 30 years working in food policy and regulation, public health, agriculture, minerals and petroleum, natural resources and environment, land administration and forensic science. Prior to this, Anne was a Senior Tutor at Monash University where she conducted biomedical research and lectured to science and medical undergraduates.
Anne is currently Chair of the Board of the Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre, the Sir William Angliss Institute of TAFE, the SafeFish Partnership, the Australian Industry Skills Council’s Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee and the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council’s Code of Practice Complaints Committee. She is a Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant and a member of Australia’s Health Star Rating Advisory Committee, and independent member of EnergySafe Victoria’s Audit and Risk Committee. In 2016, she was appointed as a Trustee of Kildare Ministries, elected to the Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria and appointed to New Zealand’s Food Safety Science and Research Centre’s International Science Advisory Panel.
She is the immediate past Chair and President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), the Australia and New Zealand Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR), CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee and Wellsprings for Women Inc, She has previously held Directorships at Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd., Dairy Australia, the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens and until April 2011, was Chair of the Victorian Minister’s Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel.
In 2016 Anne was awarded the John Bryant Gold Medal for outstanding service to the dairy industry. In 2011, she was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Victorian Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the dairy industry, national food regulation and rural women. In 2010, she was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her work in biochemistry and as an advocate of women’s leadership, and in that year, was awarded the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her leadership to the Australian dairy industry, the first woman to receive this.
Dr Michele Allan – B App Sc (Biomed), MMgmt Tec, MComm Law, DBA, FAICD, FATSE
Michele has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law, and held senior positions and directorships in food and agribusiness and as an advisor to government on a range of issues related to horticulture, food manufacturing and export. She is currently Chair of the Boards of Apple and Pear Australia Limited, Meat and Livestock Australia and Chancellor of the Board of Charles Sturt University. Michele is also a non-executive director of the Food Agility CRC, the Food and Agriculture Growth Centre, CSIRO, Nuffield Australia and Grain Growers Limited.
Noel has been a dairy farmer for 35 years and a strong representative and advocate for the dairy industry over that time. He has held the position of Australian Dairy Industry Council Chairman, United Dairyfarmers of Victoria District Council President and Secretary, Chairman and Director of Bonlac Foods and Bonlac Supply Company and Director of Genetics Australia. As an Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) Board member, Noel led its restructure process in 2011–12 and held the position of ADF President from 2012 to 2015.
Julie Johnson – BVSc, MVPHMgt
Julie is a veterinarian, with a Masters in Veterinary Public Health Management. She has a professional background in private veterinary practice and veterinary public health and has held a number of leadership positions in the public sector. As a regional and state manager in the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, she successfully delivered animal biosecurity and welfare outcomes. She is a former director on the Ballan and District Health and Care Board of Governance and currently operates a consultancy business focused on business leadership.
Peter Moloney – BEc, GAICD, Chartered Accountant
Peter was appointed as a director in 2012. He is an experienced risk and audit practitioner, working over 32 years with a broad range of organisations across the public and private sectors. As a past Partner of Ernst & Young and William Buck, Peter was responsible for managing substantial risk practices in both organisations. Peter has held a number of board roles including William Buck and Friends of the Zoos and is also an audit committee member for Department of Justice & Community Safety, Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC); VicHealth and South Gippsland Water.
Dr Julie Simons – BSc (Hons), PhD, AICD
Julie is an experienced representative of the Victorian Government and brings expertise in strategic policy formulation and implementation, industry research and development, and agricultural and rural stakeholder engagement. Julie has worked for the Victorian Government since 1988 in various roles including Senior Research Scientist and currently as Director of Rural Development and Transition Policy in DEDJTR. She has led key rural industry achievements including the recovery response for farmers affected by natural disasters, establishing the Victorian Government's Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council, and overseen the State government's partnership with the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Dr Joanna Wriedt – MSc PhD JD GAICD
Joanna’s professional experience spans the commercial law, government and medical research sectors. She has completed a Juris Doctor in law and a PhD in medical research and is experienced in corporate governance. She previously worked as a commercial lawyer in the transport and shipping sector dealing with transport incidents and regulatory matters. Joanna’s work in the public sector includes as policy adviser to the Federal Health Minister from 1998 to 2001 and she currently sits on three government regulatory advisory committees. She is chair of the Victorian Government’s Radiation Advisory Committee, an independent director of the National Asthma Council and sits on a number of not-for-profit boards. Joanna is also involved in commercial scale farming in Victoria and Queensland.