FIA is pleased to welcome Kim Leighton as the newest member of the Secretariat as he takes up his role as Chief Scientific Officer, starting 5 June.

Having worked in the food regulation environment since the 1990s, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the FIA Secretariat. In his previous role as the Director of Food Policy and Regulation with the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), Kim was involved in formulating industry positions on scientific, technical and trade-related regulatory matters. Liaising with major retailers and key industry associations in Australia and New Zealand, Kim was also responsible for providing high-level advice on the policies and regulations impacting the food and grocery sectors in each country.

As a board member of Australia’s National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and a representative on Government-industry Codex committees, Kim has been involved in providing support to various consultation forums and committees and has previously worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO), providing training on food safety in the developing countries in the Asia/Pacific region.

“I’m excited to be joining FIA, particularly at a time when Asia’s regulatory environment is developing at such a rapid pace and when the industry is leading significant developments such as the launch of the ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance (AFBA). I’m eager to be part of this growing organisation and work alongside members and stakeholders to achieve our collective goals,” Kim said.

At FIA, Kim will oversee the organisation’s science and regulatory activities, and will manage the Science & Technical Committee. He will also play a major role in supporting the harmonisation objectives of the ASEAN Food & Beverage Alliance (AFBA).

“We are delightedto have Kim on board. His experience and knowledge in regulatory affairs will contribute greatly to the organisation’s development and I look forward to building our capacity in this area.,” said FIA Executive Director, Bev Postma.

Kim holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Western Australia; a Postgraduate Degree in Business Management; and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Technology from the Western Australia Institute of Technology.