Meet the team
We have a strong Board and leadership team that ensures we are a progressive, influential and sustainable organisation. The Australian Food and Grocery Council operates from Canberra to maintain close relationships with government and has team members located around Australia to stay connected with the industry and our members.
Tanya Barden, Chief Executive Officer
Tanya Barden is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She is honoured to represent members for Australia’s peak body for food and grocery manufacturers and suppliers. To lead a team that delivers services, which offers tangible value to members, Tanya draws on her extensive experience in senior private and public sector roles. She understands member needs having held the position of Director, Economics, Trade and Sustainability with the AFGC for seven years. This gives her deep insights into the types of issues faced by members and the opportunities and challenges they can face in these areas. Her previous work experience for ActewAGL and running her own online food business augment this knowledge. Prior to this, various roles with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission exposed Tanya to the regulatory and economic policy development processes for competition, energy and economics. Tanya is passionate about the success of the industry and individual members and ensures she engages with people on the coal face every week.
Dr Geoffrey Annison, Deputy Chief Executive
“We have operated for over 25 years with integrity and deliver high quality services to members.”
Dr Geoffrey Annison is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. He leads a team of experienced health, nutrition and scientific professionals that provide specialist services to members. To deliver high quality advice and industry resources that help members and the industry, he leverages his wide experience in food, regulation and innovation. Dr Annison has held a number of senior technical and management roles in Australia and overseas. This has included positions within the industry such as with Goodman Fielder, Australian Pork Pty Ltd and the Australian Wheat Board. Other academic roles with Massey University (New Zealand) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) give him deep technical knowledge of research and public policy. Dr. Annison has a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales. These skills and experiences enable him to understand current industry issues from a number of perspectives and to offer solutions and services that support members.
Samantha Blake, Director, Industry Affairs
“I help members identify supply chain efficiencies and strengthen relationships with retailers to grow their revenue.”
Samantha Blake is Director, Industry Affairs at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. She works with members on a wide range of commercial, supply chain and retail trade issues impacting the Australian market. Some of the ways Samantha helps members and the industry is work on the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, end-to-end value chain opportunities, commercial and sales capabilities and enhancing the financial competitiveness of the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. Members draw on her insights from 18 years’ experience working in the industry in Australia and United Kingdom. This work encompassed all areas of food operations including executive management roles in manufacturing, technical and supply chain divisions of FMCG organisations. She was responsible for production, maintenance, engineering, quality, product and process development so has a deep understanding to support members. Contact Samantha here.
Jack Gevorgian, Director, Finance & Administration
“I help members with the financial arrangements for their membership with us.”
Jack Gevorgian is Director, Finance and Administration for the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC). He is responsible for helping members pay their invoices and ensuring the functional operations and financial planning support the sustainability of the AFGC. Jack was exposed to the industry early in his career as a Trainee Manager at Coles in Warriewood. He went on to study accounting and has spent four decades working in private and not for profit sectors. Jack is passionate about the not for profit sector and worked for Regional Arts NSW before joining AFGC. This makes him aware of the importance of allowing members some flexibility in financial management processes, along with guiding AFGC through many phases of business progression. Contact Jack here.
Barry Cosier, Director, Sustainability
“I enjoy working with members to help them understand the ways they can reduce their environmental impact and comply with legislation.”
Barry Cosier is Director, Sustainability for the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC). He helps members navigate the complexities of sustainable practices by drawing on his extensive experiences in the grocery and resource recovery industries. Barry worked in Customer Development and Trade roles for Johnson and Johnson Pacific, Sanofi, Reckitt and Colman. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Madura Tea and served as a Board Member and Chair of the SME Forum for AFGC. To expand his knowledge, Barry moved into the resource recovery industry and was the Contracts and Corporate Affairs Manager for Solo Resource Recovery. He stays at the forefront of this industry by serving as a member of the Department of Environment and Energy Food Waster Steering Committee and the National Wast Policy Industry Reference Group. This helps Barry support members that are striving to reduce their environmental footprint and care for the community and environment. Contact Barry here.
Donna Alexander, Director, Membership & Marketing
“My goal is for every member to receive value from their membership contributions.”
Donna Alexander is Director, Membership and Marketing for the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC). She leads a team of marketing and events professionals that strive to delight members and build awareness of AFGC. Donna started her career in the retail sales industry with Estee Lauder and understands some of the challenges members face. This is enhanced by other management roles with Crabtree & Evelyn, Sunglass Hut and Westpac. Donna holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Business, which gives her a deep understanding of consumer behaviours and delivering services that meet member needs. To learn more about the not for profit sectors, Donna served on the Board of Keep Australian Beautiful worked and RSL. Prior to joining AFGC, Donna worked as an Assistant Director for the Australian Digital Health Agency to gain government experience. This breadth of skills, qualifications and experiences allows Donna to appreciate a range of member perspectives and requirements. She connects with members to ensure all members get great value from their membership. Contact Donna here.
AFGC Board members
The Board is made up of leaders from the industry, including:
|Name||AFGC Board Position||Industry Position|
|Clive Stiff||Chair||Chief Executive Officer, Unilever|
|Amanda Banfield||Deputy Chair||President Australia, New Zealand & Japan, Mondelez|
|Andrew Loader||Treasurer||General Manager, Mars Confectionary Australia|
|Sandra Martinez||Chair Health, Nutrition, and Scientific Affairs Committee||Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Australia Ltd|
|Doug Cunningham||Chair Supply Chain Committee||Vice President and Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd|
|Reg Weine||Chair Sustainable Practices Committee||Managing Director, SPC|
|Jodie Goldsworthy||Chair SME CEO Forum||Director, Beechworth Honey Pty Ltd|
|Kathy Karabatsas||Director||Managing Director, Lion Dairy & Drinks|
|Umit Subasi||Director||President, Campbell International|
|Danny Celoni||Director||Chief Executive Officer Australia & New Zealand, Pepsico|