About Us

The Infant Nutrition Council Ltd was established in 2009 and is an amalgamation of the Infant Formula Manufacturers’ Association of Australia (IFMAA) and the New Zealand Infant Formula Marketers’ Association (NZIFMA).
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INC represents the major manufacturers, marketers and ingredient suppliers of infant formula and toddler milk in Australia and New Zealand as well as local manufacturers who are producing product for export.

 

As the trusted voice of the Australian and New Zealand infant formula and toddler milk industry, INC promotes optimal infant nutrition, including  supporting the proper use of breast milk substitutes and toddler milk drinks.

Board Directors

Board Director – Chair and Associate Member Representative

Hamish Reid

Executive General Manager – Bega Nutritionals. A division of Bega Cheese Limited.

Hamish is the Executive General Manager Nutritionals, Bega Nutritionals. A division of Bega Cheese Limited

Hamish worked in technical and product development roles within Fonterra, holding the position of Global New Product Development Manager – Dairy Foods, before moving to Taiwan on assignment. In Taiwan and then later in the Philippines Hamish held senior FMCG marketing roles developing a range of categories including adult nutritionals and growing up milk products as well as more mainstream cheese, butter and UHT milk ranges. Following completion of his assignment Hamish joined Tatura Milk Industries, a Bega Cheese Limited company.

Hamish gained a MSc in Environmental Microbiology from Canterbury University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program in the Silicon Valley.

Hamish was elected as a Director to the Board of the Infant Nutrition Council on 10 November 2015, representing the Associate members.

He was elected as Board Chair in February 2018.

Board Director – Deputy Chair

Victoria Landells

Victoria is the General Manager of the Group Regulatory function for Fonterra.

Victoria is the General Manager of the Group Regulatory function for Fonterra. In this role she is responsible for Fonterra’s regulatory strategy globally. From a dietetics background Victoria had a diverse range of experiences including community dietitian, Food Service Manager, Snr Nutritionist at FSANZ and DHS Victoria before joining Fonterra in 2007.

Victoria has been an active member of the INC for 10 years and in February 2018 was elected as Deputy Chair of the INC Board.

Board Director

Yan Qi

Dr. Yan Qi is the Group Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs in The a2 Milk Company.

Dr. Yan Qi is the Group Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs in The a2 Milk Company. Yan has rich international experiences across a number of disciplines in strategically commercial businesses, she has been appreciated as a valuable business partner.

She holds a PhD of pharmaceutical Science and spent the first 10 years of her career working for several Chinese central government agencies. In 2006, she moved to L’Oreal China as head of Regulatory & Government Affairs for China. Later joining Johnson & Johnson where she held several leadership roles covering regulatory and medical affairs, corporate government affairs and policy, both at Asia Pacific region and at a global level for the consumer, pharmaceutical and medical device businesses where she was based in the US.

Yan joined Danone in 2015, where she was initially based in France, then moved to Netherlands. She was the Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs for Danone Early Life Nutrition business first, then for Danone’s Specialised Nutrition business covering both worldwide Early Life Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. Yan was the Board Member of the Specialized Nutrition Management Board.

Board Director

Philippe Mele

Philippe is the General Manager Nutrition Oceania at Lactalis International.

Philippe is the General Manager Nutrition Oceania at Lactalis International, and was appointed to the INC Board in November 2019.
Board Director

Xavier Payrard

Xavier is currently the Business Executive Officer Nestle Infant Nutrition Australia / New Zealand.

Xavier is currently the Business Executive Officer Nestle Infant Nutrition Australia / New Zealand.
He has been in this category for over 10 years inclusive of previous postings in Europe and Asia.
Board Director

Nick Hammond

Nick is the Chief Operating Officer at Spring Sheep Milk Co.

Nick is the Chief Operating Officer at Spring Sheep Milk Co. He joined the INC Board as an Associate member representative in September 2019.
Board Director

Melinda Harrison

General Counsel & Company Secretary Bellamy's Organic

A versatile General Counsel with over 25 years experience in private, ASX & Nasdaq listed entities specialising in private & public merger & acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, corporate restructuring and complex commercial transactions
Seasoned company secretary, risk, compliance & governance expert
Experienced at resolving complex negotiations and disputes
Focused on providing sound legal advice that is practical and solution focused
Various industry sectors including FMCG, IT, Software & Services, Manufacturing and Healthcare
Board Director

Rodrigo Lima

Rodrigo is the Managing Director Nutricia Oceania at Danone.

Rodrigo is the Managing Director of Danone Nutricia in Oceania. He started his career in 1999 as a pharmaceutical sales representative and since then has accumulated a diverse range of experiences moving across different functions (Finance, Sales, Marketing and General Management) in Pharma and FMCG. During this period, he has also had the opportunity to work in 6 different countries in local or global roles.
Rodrigo has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil and an MBA from Michigan State University, USA.
Board Director

Suzan Horst

Suzan is currently the Director of Quality, Regulatory and Laboratory Services at Synlait Milk Ltd.

Suzan is currently the Director of Quality, Regulatory and Laboratory Services at Synlait Milk Ltd. Her last role was Director Quality Affairs, Business Group EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) for FrieslandCampina.
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Heinz representative

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Secretariat

CEO

Jan Carey

Jan Carey is the CEO of the Infant Nutrition Council and is the industry representative on the Ministry of Health’s Compliance Panel in New Zealand and the MAIF Complaints Committee in Australia

Jan Carey is the CEO of the Infant Nutrition Council and was previously the Executive Director of both IFMAA and NZIFMA for the past 2 years, prior to their amalgamation. She is the industry representative on the Ministry of Health’s Compliance Panel in New Zealand. In 2013 Jan was appointed to the Executive of the Governing Board for the International Special Dietary Food Industries Association (ISDI). ISDI is based in Brussels, represents the industry globally at Codex, World Health Assembly meetings and WHO Executive Board meetings.

Prior to her appointment Jan was responsible for driving the work of SIDS and Kids, Australia. She was influential in expanding the SIDS organisations’ research and family services both nationally and internationally into the perinatal area to include stillbirth and neonatal death.

Jan was Chair of SIDS and Kids Scientific Advisory Committee, a member of the Global Strategy Task Force for education and SIDS and Kids’ representative on SIDS International from 2001. She was also an Executive Board member of the International Stillbirth Alliance from 2004 to 2007 and is a cofounder of the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA).

Jan has presented papers on a number of issues including Indigenous infant mortality, the importance of peer support, safe sleeping for infants and strategies to reduce stillbirth to scientific and other forums including SIDS International, the European Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Death, the International Stillbirth Alliance and the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

She has been nominated for and received a number of awards for her work with SIDS and Kids including:

2002 – Finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year, Hudson Community and Government Award
2006 – International Women’s Day Award for outstanding contribution to saving babies lives
2006 – SIDS and Kids Award for outstanding contribution in driving the advocacy strategy to reduce perinatal, infant and young child mortality.

Principal Regulatory Advisor

Carole Inkster

Carole is the Principal Regulatory Advsior of the Infant Nutrition Council and also the Consultant Principal Policy Advisor to the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.

Carole is the Principal Regulatory Advsior of the Infant Nutrition Council and also the Consultant Principal Policy Advisor to the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.

Carole has over 25 years experience in government policy, strategy and legal areas in both Australia (in the primary industries/agriculture portfolios) and New Zealand (in the agriculture, health and food portfolios).

Carole’s previous positions include:Consultant Technical Expert, Food Policy with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority; Director, Policy Group with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority; and various positions with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and Ministry of Health (MoH).

Trade and Market Access Manager

Simon Woolmer

Simon is an experienced executive with an extensive public and private sector background in international business development and government relations.

Simon is an experienced executive with an extensive public and private sector background in international business development and government relations.

Prior to joining the Infant Nutrition Council as Trade and Market Access Manager, Simon was Head of Government Relations for Swisse Wellness (part of the H&H Group), with responsibilities for Australia and New Zealand.

Simon has had an extensive career working in the government sector, at federal, state and territory levels, with business development roles in Australia and offshore.

He was Special Investment Advisor at Austrade for four years, helping to facilitate significant inward investment projects from markets such as China, Japan Western Europe and the US.

Previously, as Executive Director of Invest Victoria, Simon was responsible for leading a range of international development initiatives for the Victorian Government. These included attracting foreign direct investment to the State and facilitating export initiatives such as Super Trade Missions to India and China.

Simon has also held various positions in Canberra, for both the Federal and ACT Governments.

Executive Officer

Emma Goodwin

Emma is currently on maternity leave.

Emma commenced as the Executive Assistant with the Infant Nutrition Council in April, 2014.

Emma has considerable administration experience with not-for-profit organisations and in the Public Service. She completed a traineeship, and gained a Certificate IV in Business. At the end of Emma’s traineeship, she was awarded ACT Trainee of the year.

She has also studied event management, project management and human resources.

After returning from maternity leave in late 2018, Emma was promoted to Executive Officer.

Finance Officer

Kathy Aikins

Administration Assistant

Emily Coveny

Emily commenced with the Infant Nutrition Council in September 2019

Emily has a over ten years' experience within an office environment with a comprehensive background in healthcare administration and finance.
Executive Assistant

Samantha Lenik

Samantha is covering for Emma Goodwin while she is on maternity leave.

Samantha is covering for Emma Goodwin while she is on maternity leave. Samantha has over fifteen years’ experience in Executive Assistance, event management, communications and public relations roles in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She is also the vice president of a charity and prior to her role at INC she was a fashion stylist and blogger.
Government Relations (NZ) & Communications Manager

Brent Webling

Brent has more than 40 years’ experience in the media.

Brent has a background in writing for and editing newspapers both in New Zealand and Australia.
He has worked as an adviser/media director for a Cabinet Minister in the New Zealand Government, and is now a media consultant and adviser specialising in crisis management.

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