AIFST appoints new President

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 15th July 2011

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, industry body for the food technology industry, has announced the election of Mrs Jo Davey as President of the Institute, a veteran of the Australian dairy industry.

“Jo brings to the position a wealth of experience in the Australian food industry through her participation in numerous facets of the industry including leadership roles in food industry associations and industry technical and research committees,” said a release from the AIFST.

Davey has spent most of her career in senior commercial and technical roles in the Australian dairy industry in areas covering research, microbiology, quality assurance, quality systems, marketing, business development and innovation.  She has been recognized by the Dairy Industry Association of Australia for her services to the Association and to the Australian dairy industry, as a recipient of its highest awards.

Davey has also operated as an independent consultant in innovation and strategy and is currently Managing Director of a start-up food company focusing on a consumer health sector.

“The focus of my term as President will be on providing excellent and relevant services to the members of this great Institute,” said Davey.  “Our members play a critical role in ensuring food security, food safety, good nutrition and enjoyment of food by the Australian public.  We have to be prepared to confront the challenges presented by climate change, growing world population, diet-related chronic diseases and a demanding food regulatory environment.

“The role of the Institute is to support the members in their capacity to meet these challenges through their professional development and by providing outlets for them to network and access the resources they need.  This is about promoting education, research, product and process innovation, entrepreneurship and communication.

“I am looking forward to leading the Institute through the implementation of important programs such as the Continuing Professional Development program launched in July at this year’s Convention in Sydney, the development of our new and exciting web site, and the re-vamp of our flagship publication, Food Australia,” said Davey.

The AIFST is a national, not for profit industry body representing individuals from all sectors of the food science and technology industry.

Davey has been an active member of the Institute since her student days, serving in particular on the NSW Food Microbiology Group for ten years, and as its President for three years.  In 2004, she was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute.