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.
Amanda Hill – Chief Executive Officer
The role of the Chief Executive Officer is to provide the leadership and strategic direction to enable DFSV to meet its statutory and corporate objectives.
Amanda has a strong understanding of the food regulation system, and well-developed national and international networks. In her previous position at Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Amanda was responsible for development of primary production and processing standards, food safety standards and recall and incident management. She was also the Australian Delegation Leader to the Codex Committee for Food Hygiene.
Amanda chaired the Food Regulators Incident Response Working Group and led the establishment of the Food Incident Forum, to facilitate government and industry collaboration on potential food safety issues including preparation, response and recovery. More recently, Amanda led the national strategy to promote and improve food safety culture, working with a broad range of stakeholders including food regulatory agencies and food businesses.
Amanda’s background is in immunology, microbiology and molecular biology and involvement in science management in joint ventures between research, commercial and service delivery organisations.
Andrew Wilson - General Manager, Compliance, Enforcement and Technical Services
The role of General Manager Compliance, Enforcement and Technical Services is to lead delivery of DFSV’s core function of regulatory oversight of Victorian dairy production. This includes monitoring compliance and responding to non-compliance and is supported by the technical services team providing scientific advice.
Andrew joins DFSV from Safe Food Production Queensland, where he worked for almost 10 years and was the Manager, Science and Strategy. Andrew has a broad range of experience across primary production and processing from both a practical and technical standpoint with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science focussing on production animal science and ruminant nutrition and a PhD in ruminant microbiology. Previously in his roles at Safe Food, Andrew has worked with meat, dairy, seafood, egg and horticultural industries to improve operational food safety systems and compliance monitoring through the application of information capture, analysis and exchange, data modelling and food safety culture.
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.