Management structure

DFSV is managed by an executive team, which provides support and advice to the Board, leads implementation of the DFSV strategic plan and oversees day-to-day operations of the organisation.

Executive team

Jennifer McDonald – Chief Executive Officer

The role of the Chief Executive Officer is to provide the leadership and the strategic direction to enable DFSV to meet its statutory and corporate objectives.

Jennifer has extensive experience in public service, from health and community services roles across a number of local government authorities and with the state government, to food safety delivery and development of regulatory policy.

Jennifer first worked in the food safety field as the manager responsible for food regulation and population health at the then Victorian Department of Human Services. During her time at DHS, Jennifer played an active role in representing Victoria at the national level and developing collaboration between the agencies delivering food safety in Victoria. She then moved to the Commonwealth to perform a similar role, taking her representative duties to the international level.

After returning to Melbourne, Jennifer moved to a position with the Victorian Department of Health, taking responsibility for regulatory policy, including regulation of private health services and health practitioners.

Jennifer commenced in the role of CEO on 28 January 2014.

Karen Armitage – General Manager, Planning and Business Services

The role of General Manager Planning and Business Services is to lead DFSV strategic thinking and planning, communication and engagement processes and to analyse and report against strategic objectives.

Karen has worked in the dairy industry for a number of years with previous senior roles at Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd and Dairy Australia where her focus was on facilitating positive regulatory outcomes related to dairy food production (including food safety across the value chain) for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing market access. Karen has also worked at the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Deon Mahoney – Chief Scientist and General Manager, Industry Support

The role of the Chief Scientist is to provide high level, contemporary scientific and technical advice on dairy food safety issues to enable DFSV to meet its strategic objectives.

Deon has an extensive background in food science and food microbiology, with a focus on risk assessment. He has worked in various sectors including higher education, industry development, R&D program management, capacity building and food regulation.

Deon has previously worked at Food Standards Australia New Zealand as Principal Microbiologist heading up the microbiology risk assessment team supporting the development of primary production and processing standards for foods. More recently he was with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Chief Technical Advisor leading a major food safety reform project in Bangladesh.

Richard Burton – General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement

The role of General Manager Compliance and Enforcement is to lead delivery of DFSV’s core function of regulatory oversight of Victorian dairy production. This includes monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements and initiating enforcement action when appropriate in response to non-compliance.

Prior to joining DFSV, Rick led compliance and regulatory operations at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. He has also held positions in the areas of regulation, quarantine and biosecurity operations with the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and at the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in regulation, compliance, audit, risk and project management.

Rick also brings with him experience from a 13 year career in policing and law enforcement in Victoria and at the national level.


DFSV organisational chart