governance

About the SFPQ Board

The Board provides strategic leadership and direction to enable the response to food safety issues to be prioritised and for the development and implementation of food safety initiatives.

It ensures the effectiveness of planning processes and governance practices and the integrity of reporting systems. It is also responsible for ensuring the organisation operates according to sound financial management strategies and practices.

The Board maintains an overview of the administration and policies of the organisation but it has no direct management responsibility nor does it play a regulatory role.

The Safe Food Queensland Board has a specific role to:

  • decide the strategies and operational, administrative and financial policies to be followed by Safe Food Production Queensland
  • receive advice or recommendations from Food Safety Advisory Committee and make recommendations to the Minister about the level and structure of fees proposed to be included in a food safety scheme
  • ensure Safe Food Production Queensland performs its functions in a proper effective and efficient way
  • review annually the performance of Safe Food Production Queensland's Chief Executive Officer.

Members of the Board are:

Kathryn Helen Adams, Chair

Ms Adams has previously served on the Safe Food Board from 2007 to 2013. She has extensive experience in board services and is currently a non-executive director of several primary industry-related boards. Ms Adams’ qualifications include a Master of Business, Master of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Hons), Diploma of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Graduate Diploma of Administration. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Queensland and New South Wales Law Society and the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Ms Adams’ has extensive experience in the Agricultural industry within Queensland and New South Wales in addition to her experience in legal practice.

Mr Peter White

Mr White has extensive experience in meat business operations in both domestic and export markets. Peter was General Manager for Marketing for over 20 years at Australia Meat Holdings and was Joint Chief Executive Officer and Director from 1998.
Prior to that Peter worked for over 15 years in senior management roles at Thomas Borthwick & Sons in both Australia and in London.

Elizabeth Homer, Director

Mrs Homer has a strong background in primary production and manages the operations of a grazing property with 4000 head of cattle in Central Queensland. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been named in the Top 100 Women in Agribusiness.

Sophie Dwyer Director, Director since 2010

Ms Dwyer is the Executive Director of the Health Protection Branch in Queensland Health. The Branch is responsible for health risk assessment and regulation in environmental health (including food safety, poisons, radiation safety and water and general risks to public health). Her career has covered a wide range of public health responsibilities, including the management of local public health units and Queensland Health’s health promotion programs and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons), a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters of Public Health.

Malcolm Letts, Director since 2016

As Deputy Director-General, Agriculture, Mr Letts leads the development of policies, research and interventions that deliver an efficient, innovative, productive and successful agricultural sector. Mr Letts has extensive experience in agricultural policy and industry development, having been instrumental in designing and delivering extension and frontline service components of major restructures in the dairy and sugar industries. Most recently, he was Executive Director, Regions and Industry Development. For five years he was also responsible for the trade and investment area of the food and agribusiness industries. Mr Letts has worked with the Queensland Government for 23 years. He has a particular interest in supply chain improvement, and in modernising extension and broader service delivery to better meet the needs of food and agribusiness companies.

As at 27th June 2016