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Tristan Kitchener

Tristan Kitchener
Managing Director, HARPS

Biography

Tristan is an ex-retailer, having previously held senior positions with Sainsbury’s (UK) and Coles supermarkets, and is now a management consultant providing advice and support along the grocery value chain, from major retailers through to manufacturers and primary producers. He has a focus upon fresh foods and was the Group Merchandise Manager, Fresh Produce, at Coles Supermarkets (2005-09).
Tristan has his own consulting business, Kitchener Partners Pty Ltd, focused upon providing strategic and advisory support. Increasingly Tristan assists businesses understand the implications of the changing retail and consumer environment and helps identify solutions to key business challenges.
Tristan also manages and operates the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) on behalf of the major grocery retailers in Australia (ALDI, Coles, Costco, Harris Farms, Metcash (IGA) and Woolworths) and Hello Fresh and McDonalds.

Workshop: Produce Safety and HARPS – an Update for Growers and Suppliers
Wednesday 1 September, 1-2pm AEST
The HARPS Management Team will provide an update about HARPS, particularly in regard to the development and release of Version 2 of the HARPS standard, with an opportunity to ask questions and explore other challenges within the horticulture industry that could be solved using the HARPS business model as a platform to address wider industry issues.

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Belinda Millard

Belinda Millard
General Manager, HARPS

Biography

With over 20 years experience in the Quality Assurance industry, Belinda is a passionate and enthusiastic professional having been involved with the HARPS Project since 2014. Belinda is currently General Manager at One Direction ANZ, the managing entity of HARPS, the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme.​
Prior to her role with the HARPS, Belinda worked within the Group Quality Technical Services Team for Australia’s major retailer, Woolworths Ltd. Reporting to the Head of Group Quality Technical Services  in the role of Supplier Approval Manager, she was accountable for audit program management across Woolworths’ eight operational business divisions including WQA – food safety and quality program, WQA –  Consumer Goods and the Woolworths Ltd Ethical Audit Program. Belinda managed teams locally as well as in Hong Kong, China and Bangladesh.​

Workshop: Produce Safety and HARPS – an Update for Growers and Suppliers
Wednesday 1 September, 1-2pm AEST
The HARPS Management Team will provide an update about HARPS, particularly in regard to the development and release of Version 2 of the HARPS standard, with an opportunity to ask questions and explore other challenges within the horticulture industry that could be solved using the HARPS business model as a platform to address wider industry issues.

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Dr Jo Rush

Dr Jo Rush
Co-author of the Rapid Diagnostic Methods Report

Biography

Dr Jo Rush has a wide-ranging educational and career background as a scientist, university lecturer, television journalist, documentary filmmaker and educational travel guide. Graduating from the University of Sydney with a BSc (Hons) and later a PhD in the field of nutrient pollution, she has spent her career using her scientific knowledge and interests to communicate and engage with a wide range of audiences in many formats.
Dr Rush has continued engagement with scientific research and advances as a science communicator.  She currently sits on the Ethics Committee of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, is involved with academic programs as an industry expert in the field of journalism and owns and operates an educational travel business.

Workshop: Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry
Wednesday 8 September, 1-2pm AEST
A key issue facing the fresh produce industry is the time, expertise and cost of testing for pathogenic microorganisms to ensure produce safety. Despite the challenges presented by fresh produce, emerging Rapid Diagnostic Techniques may ideally make it possible to test on-site using inexpensive, simple and robust devices. It is important to compile information about industry requirements and preferences for RDMs. This interactive workshop will focus on potential ways to develop useful, robust prototype RDMs suitable for the “real world” environment.

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Jane Siebum

Jane Siebum
Chief Executive Officer, Freshcare Limited

Biography

Freshcare is a not-for-profit organization that provides training, support, and assurance standards to Australian fresh produce and wine grape industries.
A veteran of the non-profit and advocacy sector, Jane Siebum is committed to exploring emerging technologies to help all Australian producers meet Freshcare certification, which is recognized in domestic and international supply chains as evidence that products are produced in a safe, sustainable manner.
A former rural business owner and President of Bowen Pastoral Agricultural Association, Jane’s diverse experience has given her empathetic insight into the valuable contribution farming families provide to regional communities and she is passionate about sharing these values throughout the fresh produce supply chain.

Workshop: Challenging Perceptions: Unifying Industry’s Approach to Food Safety
Wednesday 15 September, 1-2pm AEST
Freshcare is hosting this engaging session aimed at challenging perceptions to unify our approach to food safety. Freshcare will explore food safety from the growers’ perspective, particularly food safety compliance. This session will be very interactive: participants will be asked to explore what it’s like to walk in the grower’s shoes. It is for anyone involved in the fresh produce industry who wants to engage with the grower’s perspective – from those who grow our food, to those that sell it and everyone in between.

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Peter McGee

Peter McGee
Co-founder, Victual

Biography

Peter has twenty years’ experience in the risk and insurance industries. He has multiple post-graduate qualifications that combine to provide a unique knowledge base of technical risk understanding complemented with commercial business acumen.
Peter’s career has been spent delivering risk management solutions for organisations and has continued to grow and focus his attention on the needs of the food and beverage industry leading to the founding of Victual.  Peters role as co-founder is to deliver tailored risk management advice, while establishing a proactive approach to risk and crisis response within the food and beverage industry alongside managing the overall strategic direction of the business.

Workshop: Sharpening the Axe: Preparing for a Food Safety Crisis
Wednesday 25 August, 1-2pm AEST
The saying goes that if you have six hours to chop down a tree, spend the first four sharpening the axe. The same goes for navigating a crisis. The more you prepare the more likely you will successfully navigate. This workshop will step your through a scenario to help you understand some of the things you will need to think about in preparing for a crisis.

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Bianca Cairns

Bianca Cairns
R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Biography

Bianca Cairns is an R&D Manager with the Horticulture industry Research and Development Corporation, Hort Innovation. Bianca has been with Hort Innovation for nearly six years during which she has managed the Industry development, Industry Communications, Study Tours and Emerging Technology portfolios. She currently manages the Leadership, Training and Product integrity portfolios which encompass food safety and quality. Bianca is based in Brisbane and was trained as a Biotechnologist at University of Queensland. She is an avid triathlete in her spare time and has a passion for fresh produce as a long-term vegetarian.

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Joanna Rothwell

Joanna Rothwell
Ph.D. student

Biography

Joanna Rothwell is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Dee Carter and Dr. Mark Bradbury at the University of Sydney as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre For Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry.
Joanna’s PhD project involves investigating the efficacy of current and novel post-harvest sanitiser treatments in order to reduce waste and eliminate the risk of food borne pathogens in fresh produce. Prior to this, Joanna completed her Bachelor of Science with an honours project testing a novel anti-fungal drug against invasive mould species. Joanna is also a committee member of the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS) group.

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Elizabeth Frankish

Elizabeth Frankish
Food Safety Consultant / Ph.D. candidate

Biography

Elizabeth Frankish is a food safety consultant with extensive experience in diagnostic microbiology and risk management for the food industry, including the seafood, dairy, meat, and horticulture sectors. With experience in business and project managementshe has delivered practical solutions to companies large and small to meet the challenges of microbial contamination, product development, monitoring programs, and training needs from a holistic perspective. She has helped develop numerous food safety guidelines for horticulture and continues to pursue her passion for prevention of food safety incidents through better understanding of the interactions between food systems and foodborne pathogens.

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Dr. Max Teplitski

Dr. Max Teplitski
Chief Science Officer at Produce Marketing Association (PMA),

Biography

Dr Teplitski is responsible for the produce safety, ag. technology, supply chain and sustainability programs, and government relations.  Prior to joining PMA, Dr. Teplitski was a National Program Leader at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he oversaw the research investment portfolios in produce safety, microbiology and nutrition.
An author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Teplitski was a Professor at the University of Florida, a Fulbright Specialist in Agriculture, U.S. Embassy Science Fellow, and G.E. Burch Fellow in Theoretical Medicine (Smithsonian Institution).  He is a recipient of J.E. Feeley Award in Recognition of Significant Contributions in Environmental Microbiology,
Animal Conservation Award (Lindberg Foundation), and W.E. Krauss Director’s Award for Excellence in Research (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center).

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Deon Mahoney

Deon Mahoney
Head of food safety at PMA A-NZ

Biography

Deon Mahoney, provides advice, technical support, and guidance addressing food safety for the fresh produce industry. Deon has wide-ranging, long-term experience in food safety.
He has post graduate qualifications from the University of Sydney, and over his career he has undertaken many roles including: training and education, microbiological risk assessment, risk communication, food policy development, development and enforcement of food legislation, and establishing quality assurance programs.
Deon has previously worked for the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as with Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and Dairy Food Safety Victoria. During his career he has worked in over 25 countries. Deon is a fellow of Australia Institute of Food Science and Technology and a non-executive Director on the AIFST Board.

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