DFSV welcomes new Chair

05 January 2018

Dairy Food Safety Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Anne Astin as Chair of the DFSV Board, following the retirement of Michael Taylor OAM.

Dr Astin is a biochemist who started her career in biomedical research and teaching at Monash University, before moving to the Victorian public sector where, over 30 years, she held senior executive positions in food policy and regulation, public health, agriculture, minerals and petroleum, natural resources and environment, land administration and forensic science.

From 2000 until 2011 Dr Astin served as inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Food Safety Victoria and since then has maintained her involvement in food policy and regulation through her appointment to numerous boards and committees. These include as current Chair of the Board of the Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre, 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 directorships at Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd. and Dairy Australia.

Dr Astin’s significant contribution to the dairy industry has been widely recognised. She has been awarded the John Bryant Gold Medal, the Public Service Medal (Vic) and Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Outstanding Service Award, and 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.

In continuing her long association with the dairy industry, Dr Astin said “I look forward to building on the good reputation of DFSV and the Victorian dairy industry. The industry’s food safety record is integral to its growth and ongoing access to domestic and international markets.”

Looking to the future, Dr Astin emphasised the importance of innovation in a time where health-conscious consumers demand greater levels of transparency about the origin, integrity and safety of the food supply. “The industry must be willing and able to innovate to respond to rapidly changing consumer preferences and in turn DFSV must be ready to respond to the business innovations that are likely to emerge.”

Dr Astin commenced in the position of Chair of the Dairy Food Safety Victoria Board on 22 December 2017. Her full profile is available here.