Australian Food & Grocery Council

Key Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Dawson

Mr Dawson joined the AFGC in July 2012, from Thales Australia where he was the senior executive in charge of corporate affairs, communications and strategy. Prior to this he filled a similar role at the ABC, managing strategy and communications.

Gary has worked at the highest levels of government, spending five years as a Senior Advisor to Prime Minister John Howard, covering both media and policy, and four years as an advisor to ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell. He also worked as Director of Communications at the NSW Law Society.

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Health Nutrition and Scientific Affairs

130320-AFGC-033smallDr Geoffrey Annison
Director, Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs

Dr Geoffrey Annison joined the AFGC in October 2007. He has wide experience in food regulation and innovation, having held a number of senior technical and management roles in industry in Australia and overseas, in academia, and in public policy.

His career has spanned a number of sectors including the FMCG sector with Goodman Fielder and the AFGC, the rural sector with organisations such as Australian Pork Ltd and AWB Ltd. and research providers such as Massey University in New Zealand and the CSIRO, providing him with an extensive knowledge of current industry issues, particularly in the technical arena. Dr Annison has a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales.

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Media, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations

James Mathews

Director of Communications

Sustainability and Trade

Tanya Barden

Director, Economics & Sustainability

Industry Affairs

Samantha Blake

Director, Industry Affairs

Legal and Regulatory Affairs


Chris Preston

Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Membership Services

David Hall

Director, Business Development