Anne astin -  chair

2011, Anne was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Victorian Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the dairy industry, national food regulation and rural women. 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 2010, she also received the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her leadership in, and services to, Australia’s dairy industry and in 2016 was awarded the Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s John Bryant Gold Medal for outstanding service to the industry.

Anne was the inaugural CEO of the Victorian Government’s statutory authority, Dairy Food Safety Victoria. She previously held a number of senior executive positions in the Victorian public sector, working in food policy and regulation, public health, agriculture, minerals and petroleum, natural resources and environment, land administration and forensic science. Prior to this, Anne was a senior tutor at Monash University, working in biomedical research and education.

Previous positions she has held include President and Chair of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Implementation SubCommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR),  Wellsprings for Women Inc., and  Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd,  Dairy Australia,  and the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.

Anne is currently the Chair of:

  • Food Agility CRC
  • The William Angliss Institute at TAFE
  • SafeFish
  • Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council’s Code Complaints Committee

She is also:

  • Non-Executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant, & Trustee for Kildare Ministries

She is a Member of:

  • EnergySafe Victoria’s Audit and Risk Committee
  • CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee
  • The Commonwealth Government’s Health Star Rating Advisory Committee, & Catholic Social Services Victoria.
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

Anne holds the degrees of Ph.D (Biochemistry), B.Sc (Hons) (Biochemistry) and B.Sc (Chemistry). She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management


Phil Morle is a General Partner at the CSIRO's Innovation Fund - Main Sequence Ventures.

His mission is to transform Australia's world-class research into massive global businesses. Before that, Phil also co-founded Australia's first Silicon Valley style incubator, Pollenizer and is well known as a 'founding father' of the Australian start-up ecosystem. While at Pollenizer, he pioneered silo-busting innovation programs in agriculture including projects for CSIRO, NSW Department of Primary Industry and various RDCs.


Michael Eyles has performed and led research and development related to the food industry in a variety of roles, including appointments as Chief of Division and Group Executive in CSIRO and Chief Executive of Food Science Australia, a large joint venture between CSIRO and the Victorian Government. Michael has led or participated in research collaborations with a wide range of food companies, industry organisations and government agencies in Australia and overseas and has contributed to the work of government policy bodies, such as the National Food Industry Council. He has been elected to leadership positions in several professional organisations, including President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Michael also has significant experience leading change management in science-based organisations. At present he is employed at the University of Technology Sydney. He has been a member of the boards of three former food-related Cooperative Research Centres.

Michael holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering as well as a Fellow of the AIFST. His awards include a Centenary Medal for contributions to food science and technology and AIFST’s Award of Merit.

Mirjana Prica - BOARD DIRECTOR

Mirjana is a business-strategy leader with over 20 years experience in the food and agribusiness industry, with a passion for connecting ideas and devising solutions to deliver maximum benefit. 

Some of her roles include business development for an intrapreneurial start up within Associated British Foods where she helped establish a global feed ingredients business; led an analytical testing business within a large multinational; and was a senior research scientist and lecturer at Keele University in the UK. She also spent part of her career as a scientist at CSIRO.

Currently Mirjana is the Managing Director of Food Innovation Australia Limited, a national organisation established on behalf of the Federal Government to lead the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, and is responsible for driving innovation and market initiatives for the Australian food and agribusiness industry.

Dr Michele Allan - BOARD DIRECTOR

Michele is currently Chair of the Boards of Apple and Pear Australia Limited, Charles Sturt University and Meat and Livestock Australia.  She is a non-executive director of Innovation and Science Australia, CSIRO, Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, Nuffield Australia and Grain Growers Limited.  Michele is a member of the Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda: Leadership Group.

Until 2008, she was CEO/MD of a listed food manufacturer and marketer.  Prior to that role, she was Group General Manager Risk and Sustainability for Amcor Limited, General Manager of Amcor Research and Technology. She held executive roles with Kraft Foods, Bonlac Foods Limited, ICI, Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence Tasmania, Johnson and Johnson and Nestle. 

Michele has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biomedical) from University of Technology Sydney, Master of Management of Technology from Melbourne University, Master Commercial Law Deakin University and Doctorate from RMIT in advanced strategy.  She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors  a professional member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Ben van Delden - BOARD DIRECTOR

Ben van Delden - Partner, AgTech Leader and Head of Markets, KPMG Australia

Over his 20 years at KPMG Ben van Delden has specialised in providing audit, accounting, innovation and business growth services to public and private organisations operating in agribusiness, consumer and industrial markets, transport and logistics, entertainment, media and real estate. In Ben’s career at KPMG he has held roles of Audit Partner, Head of Markets and Innovation for New Zealand, Head of Markets and Head of AgTech in Australia. 


Mick Keogh - Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute.  Mick Keogh grew up on a farm in southern NSW. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in agriculture, both obtained at the University of NSW. His career has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a University researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agricultural lobbyist and policy advisor.

  • 2003 – Appointed Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute
  • 2011 - Appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government panel to review drought policy in Australia.
  • 2012 – 2015 Chairman of Australian Government’s National Rural Advisory Council
  • 2016 - Appointed part-time Commissioner for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Member of:

  • Australian Government’s Emission Reduction Assurance Council
  • CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Advisory Council
  • Council of the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Dr Rob Wilson -  board director

Rob is currently Chairman of Westpork Ltd, the largest pork producing company in WA with a market share of around 35%. Rob has more than 30 years industry experience and is recognised for his significant contribution to the Australian Pork Industry, through his expert knowledge of intensive animal production, animal welfare, environmental and waste management systems and commercialisation of innovative technologies.

Rob has Chaired specialist R&D strategy groups for Australian Pork Ltd and was the commercialisation manager for the Pork CRC and R&D program manager for the Pork CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork.

Rob also has a number of complementary roles including;

  • Chairman, Pork Innovation WA Inc.
  • Chairman, Curtin University Health Innovative Research Institute.
  • Immediate Past President, Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
  • Chairman, Agricultural Shows of Australia.
  • Advisory Board, Harvest Road Group Pty Ltd.


Ros Harvey - Founder and Managing Director, The Yield. Ros Harvey is an experienced entrepreneur and executive in the field of technology – particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and user-centric design. Ros is committed to creating public good through the innovative use of technology, which is reflected throughout her career. Ros now leads an experienced team at The Yield which brings together leading engineers, data scientists, agriculturists and technologists

Ros founded the globally-recognised Better Work program, and co-founded the Food Agility Consortium and the Knowledge Economy Institute with Dr Michael Briers. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the QUT Institute for Future Environments in Intellisensing.