Management Committee

The Management Committee of Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) has a diverse range of passionate visionaries who wish to see food security become a reality in New South Wales and Australia. It includes:

Liz Millen has been working in health promotion and community development for 25 years. For the last eight years she has focused on food security, managing a project in South West Sydney which works to develop community-based projects to increase access to healthy food at the local level, and advocating for a more systemic and planned approach to food access and food systems to meet future need in NSW. Liz is a founder member of SFFA.

Catriona Macmillan is a long-standing advocate of biodynamics, organics, and whole foods who was inducted into the Sydney Morning Herald’s Food Hall of Fame as an organic pioneer in 2010. Catriona published The Organics Directory (97-07) with over half a million copies distributed across Australia and co-founded the Organic Traders and Consumers Network (OTACnet) (04-10). She has produced international and national conferences, exhibits, events and tours for the organic sector and high profile food advocates. Catriona is a founder member of SFFA and is aligned with many groups including Lock the Gate and Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

Brigit Busicchia has a Master in Policy and Social Research and is currently a PhD candidate at Macquarie University Sydney researching the dimensions of food security policy in developing economies. She is a regulator and contributor to the Conversation (www.theconversation.com.au) discussing issues of food security and systems, biofuels, and food prices. In a past professional life, she was also an electrical engineer specialising in energy generation and transmission projects. Brigit is particularly interested in the dynamics shaping national food systems and its impact on health, environment and society. She is a founder member of SFFA.

Sinead Boylan (PhD) is currently working as a research fellow at The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders and Physical Activity, Nutrition & Obesity Research Group (PANORG) at the University of Sydney. Sinead has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and a PhD in nutritional epidemiology. She has previously worked at University College London where she investigated the dietary habits of a large cohort in Central and Eastern Europe. At Boden, Sinead has worked as a research fellow monitoring and analysing a national health survey, completing government reviews and reports, lecturing on the Master of Sustainability program and collaborating internationally on non-communicable disease prevention. She is also currently employed as a Needs Assessment Fellow for the Collaboration of Community Obesity Prevention Sites (CO-OPS) supporting practitioners involved in community-based healthy weight initiatives nationwide. Sinead’s interests include the impact of the built and natural food environment on health.

Debra Hector (PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Physical Activity, Nutrition & Obesity Research Group (PANORG) at the University of Sydney.  Deb has had a varied career in academia, with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences, a Master of Public Health and a PhD in crop-soil water relations and simulation modeling. Deb spent a number of years researching and teaching in biology and human nutrition in Papua New Guinea and Darwin before joining the NSW Centre for Public Health Nutrition in 2000 (subsequently part of PANORG). Deb works closely with the NSW Ministry of Health providing research evidence to support government policy and planning with regard to healthy eating and active living. She also has a personal interest in the sustainability of the planet, the reduction of packaged foods and a return to whole food cooking.

Amy Lawton holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) from the University of Western Sydney and is currently completing a Master of Social Change and Development (Food Security and Sustainable Rural Development) at the University of Newcastle Australia. Amy currently works as a Community Development Worker in local government. Her primary research interest revolves around the role of local government in addressing community food security, particularly through food policy and planning. Passionate about seeing the community as healthy as it can be, Amy also has a personal interest in the growing obesity epidemic and the addictive nature of fast food.

Marina Knight is a sustainability specialist with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Social Ecology with major in Environmental Education and Advocacy), Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies and Master of Sustainability. As an environmental educator, Marina has designed, developed and delivered programs for over twenty five years, working with a variety of cultural institutions, community groups and government departments. She has designed and built an environmentally sustainable dwelling, founded and run her own business, and designed and managed a small rural land holding. She is also a creative artist and writer and has been an active advocate for a range of environmental and social causes.

Susan Ainge originally studied in the field of Arts Law (with qualifications in environmental biology) but embarked on a national and international career in finance. In 1996, Susan returned to Australia to follow a long held desire to become a primary producer and today is co-owner and manager of a successful Merino wool and Shorthorn beef operation on 8000 acres. Susan has passionately advocated on a variety of agricultural committees and is currently the President of NSW Women in Agriculture. Highly sought after as a presenter and agricultural consultant, she has recently been recognised for her work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities at the 2012 Royal Agriculture Show.

SFFA Associate Members

SFFA also has a number of long-serving associate members dedicated to the cause of food security in New South Wales and Australia including:

Jocelyn Howden has been with SFFA since its inception in 2005. She was part of the Sydney Farming Network at that time and saw the need for a broader association of people and groups involved in trying to protect and preserve farmland from housing development over land that was the food bowl of Sydney. Jocelyn views healthy, sustainable, affordable food as a right for all people. Ideally in the Sydney Basin, this food can be produced in an environment that also respects the natural local biosphere and protects surrounding bush land with all its native flora and fauna.

Lynne Saville is a founder member and past president of SFFA. Lynne’s passion with health and food has deep family roots as her great grandparents founded Batchelors in the United Kingdom in the 1890s, packaging dried, and later canning vegetables, until the family business was sold in 1940s. Lynne has been a Project Officer for Hawkesbury Food Program, a founding member of Hawkesbury Harvest and is a registered nurse with experience in clinical settings, education, community health, health advocacy and health promotion. Currently, Lynne is serving her third term as a Councillor (Greens) for Willoughby City Council and is a lecturer at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania (Rozelle Campus, Sydney). Lynne is passionate about a community development approach to food security and is proud of SFFA’s consistent, strategic approach and strong advocacy to this cause.

Interested in being part of the SFFA Management Committee?

Members of the SFFA Management Committee are elected annually. For more information, contact SFFA on 0410 145 473 or info@sydneyfoodfairness.org.au.