Chair of the Food Agility Board, Dr Ann Astin is a distinguished food scientist and highly regarded administrator. She has held numerous board and senior executive positions across government, industry research and development and advocacy organisations. Alongside her role as Chair, she is a member of CSIRO's Food and Nutrition Advisor Committee, the International Science Advisory Panel and the SafeFish Partnership.
In 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 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.
Her wealth of leadership experience includes; 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.