Anne M. Astin

Anne Astin
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Anne M. Astin's Biography

Type Of Business:
Sole Trader
Marketing Area:
State; International
Science; Change management; Executive management; Corporate Governance; Risk Analysis and Management
Major Product/SVS:
Strategic Advisory, Regulatory services in food and food safety. Non Executive Director in Not for Profit Organisations. Professional mentoring
Favorite Business Publication:
Business Review Weekly
Spending quality time with family; Crosswords; Entertaining friends; Walking
Education Degrees:
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University of Liverpool (1976); Honors Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Liverpool (1973); Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Liverpool (1973)
Affiliations Awards:
Chair, William Angliss TAFE Institute (2015 - present); Chair and President, AIFST-Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (2011-Present); Director, CSIRO Food, Nutrition and Bio-Products Advisory Committee (2015 - present); Member, Health Star Rating Advisory Committee (2014 - present); Chair Safe Food Forum (2013 - present); Chair, Safe Fish (2014 - present); Director, Audit Committee, Energy Safe Victoria (2011-Present); Member, Operations Risk Committee, Energy Safe Victoria (2011-Present);Chair, Implementation Subcommittee, Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (2000-2014); Director, Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd. (2012 - 2015); Member, Dairy Industry Association of Australia (2000-present); Member, AIFST-Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (2004-present); Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) (2005-present); Observer, Victorian Food Safety Council (2004-2011); CEO Forum (2000-2011); Australian Institute of Management (2000-2011); The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Incorporated (1987-2010); IPAA (1995-2010); Chair, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women in Primary Industries (2005-2010); Director of the Board, Dairy Australia (2003-2008); Chair, HR Committee, Dairy Australia (2003-2008); Chair, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women in Rural Communities (2000-2005); Member, Food Safety Council Victoria (1996-2004); Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (1996-2000); Chair, Audit Committee, Department of Natural Resources and Environment (1996-2000)
Place of Birth:
Children's Names:
Claire, Elizabeth
Work History:
Director, Anne Astin (2011 - present); Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Food Safety Victoria (2000-2011); Director, Land Registry, Land Victoria, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria (1998-2000); Executive Director for Performance Evaluation, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria (1996-1998); Director, Resource Allocation and Management Improvement Project (RAMP), Minerals & Petroleum Division, Victoria (1995-1996); Manager, Quality Assurance, Resource Protection and Standards Division, Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals (1994-1995); Manager, Chemical Standards Branch, Resource Protection and Standards Division, Department of Agriculture (1993-1994); Manager, Special Projects, Resource Protection and Standards Division, Department of Food and Agriculture 1991-1993); Statewide Coordinator for Chemical Standards, Chemical Standards Branch, Department of Agriculture (1989-1992); Senior Scientist, Environmental Health Standards, Health Department Victoria (1988-1989); Senior Scientist, Drugs and Poisons Section, Health Department Victoria (1985-1988); Scientist, State Forensic Science Laboratory, Ministry of Police (1981-1985); Senior Tutor, Biochemistry Department, Monash University (1976-1980)
Spouse's Name:
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlights of her career include receiving two public service medals in 2011.
Member, Finance Council, St. Paul Apostle (2005-Present); Chair, Wellsprings for Women Inc. (2008-Present); Chair, School Education Board, St. Paul Apostle (2000-2005)
Number Of Years In Profession:
Number Of Years In Current Position:
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her strong educational background, good career planning, and taking advantage of opportunities as they arose, even though they involved taking risks. She is also grateful to have worked with great teams of people and received incredible support from other professionals and her family.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession through a progression of opportunities. She was originally encouraged by her mother to enter the field. In addition, her mother pushed her to pursue nontraditional female roles.
Extended Bio Profile:
Dr. Astin has had a distinguished career in public service. She was the chief executive officer of Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) from the time of its inception as a new government organization in 2000 until her retirement from full-time employment at the beginning of 2011. Her many accomplishments included developing new regulatory service delivery models, transitioning the organization from government to industry funding, leading two successful dairy and food safety conferences, and making international presentations. In addition, she mentored many women and young people and led the Victorian delegation to the Third International Congress for Rural Woman that was held in Madrid, Spain, in October 2002. Since her retirement, Dr. Astin has established herself as a consultant and volunteer. She has taken on several strategic review, negotiation and facilitation roles with Dairy Australia, the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Queensland Health and Victorian government departments. She also continues her work on behalf of the dairy industry as the president-elect of AIFST, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. In addition, Dr. Astin has been the chair of Wellsprings for Women, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering isolated women, since 2007. Prior to working with DFSV, Dr. Astin held a variety of scientific, management, executive and senior executive roles in state and federal government. Between 1996 and 2000, she was affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). She began her tenure there as executive director for performance evaluation and subsequently became the Land Registry director for Victoria. Dr. Astin has authored a number of peer-reviewed research articles and technical publications.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Education Certifications:
Graduate Certification in Public Sector Management, Griffith University (1995)
Public Service Medal, Victoria Division, Queen's Birthday Honours, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (2011); Australian Public Service Medal (2011); Inductee, Victorian Women's Honour Roll (2010); Outstanding Service Award, Australian Dairy Council (2010)
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Dr. Astin plans to continue to undertake contract and voluntary positions for government and food industry organizations. In addition, she intends to mentor women in dairy, primary-sector industries and beyond.
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