The FIET Board

Dr Kevin Marshall – Chairman

Dr Kevin Marshall

Dr Marshall, a biotechnologist and chemical engineer, has had a distinguished career in a range of industries including dairy, fruit, meat and seafood. He brings with him a wealth of expertise, from previous roles as managing director of ViaLactia Biosciences Ltd, group director R&D of the New Zealand Dairy Board and chief executive of the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute (now Fonterra Research Centre).

Dr Marshall currently serves on a number of important committees, He is Chair of the Riddet Institute CoRE, Chair of the NZ Food Safety Science and Research Centre and Chair of the Industry Advisory Group of High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge He is a board member of Seafood Innovations Ltd and a member of the MBIE College of Assessors

A Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST), Dr Marshall was awarded the NZIFST JC Andrews Award for Distinction in Food Science and Technology in 2006 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. In 2016 Dr Marshall received the International Dairy Federation Award for outstanding contribution to progress in dairying worldwide.

Dr Marshall chaired the Thought Leadership Team that the Riddet Institute commissioned to research and author A Call to Arms – A contribution to a New Zealand agri-food strategy, published in 2012.

Katy Bluett

Katy BluettKaty is passionate about growing NZ’s F&B industry in bold new ways, and has recently taken up the role as Establishment Director for Future Food Aotearoa. The new movement is driven by nine founders wanting to propel a new generation of Future Foods businesses to be worth over $500m.

Until recently Katy led Callaghan Innovation’s F&B sector mission, working with more than 400 of NZ’s most innovative and promising F&B businesses. Katy has worked in a variety of local and international leadership roles across top FMCG, Ingredients and Foodservice companies, launching over 1000 F&B products along the way.

Professor Pare Keiha

Pare Keiha is the Pro Vice Chancellor for Maori Advancement, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Dean of Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, at the Auckland University of Technology. He has also previously held the position of Pro Vice Chancellor for Commercialisation.

His business experience covers strategic and business planning, project management and marketing. His present academic pursuits include mobile and digitally based solutions for enhanced teaching and learning, corporate governance, competition law and policy, intellectual property law, and Maori and Pacific development.

Professor Julian Heyes

Professor Julian Heyes

Julian Heyes is Head of the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University, New Zealand. Prof Heyes is Professor of Postharvest Technology and has a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

His work on postharvest physiology of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers is used to support export-oriented industries in New Zealand. He is just wrapping up a five-year programme supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop higher-value horticultural supply chains with small farmers in East Indonesia. Increasingly his research is directed towards supporting differentiated fresh food products that have evidence-based claims for their impact on health and wellbeing.

Previously he was a Science Group Manager with the NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research.

Anna Yallop

Anna Yallop

Anna is the General Manager of the Bioresource Processing Alliance, an R&D programme creating high value products from biological by-products from the primary sector. Anna is also the General Manager of Seafood Innovations Ltd, a research and development programme co-funded by the seafood industry and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in order to add value to the seafood sector. Anna is a Director of Wool Industry Research Limited, an innovation R&D programme in the wool sector, she has spent over 16 years as a conduit between industry and the science system, including currently being on seven industry advisory groups and she established, ran and subsequently sold her own manufacturing business in 2010.