Our role is to ensure that:
We have been operating in the challenging environment of managing food safety risk since 2000. Collectively, we have hundreds of years of experience in dealing first hand with the business of food, the people, the processes and products and how these elements fit together to make food safe.
Safe Food funding comes from two sources: a shared funding agreement with the Queensland Government and charges for accreditations and other services.
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 Board has a specific role to:
Mrs Best currently serves as Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council, Chair of the Audit Committee of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Electoral Commission of Queensland and a member of the State Award Committee for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Mr White has extensive experience in meat business operations in both domestic and export markets. Mr White 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, Mr White worked for over 15 years in senior management roles at Thomas Borthwick & Sons in both Australia and the UK.
Mrs Homer has a strong background in primary production and manages the operations of a grazing property 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.
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.
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.