Food Frontier team grows with new hires

Food Frontier is delighted to announce the appointment of two new team members, with Rob Cairns joining the...
June 8, 2022 Food Frontier news
Food Frontier team grows with new hires
|Rob Cairns - Head of Public Affairs, and Susie O'Neill - Head of Industry Engagement.

Food Frontier is delighted to announce the appointment of two new team members, with Rob Cairns joining the team as Head of Public Affairs and Susie O’Neill taking on the role of Head of Industry Engagement. 

Food Frontier CEO, Jane Sydenham Clarke, explained that the experience and skills Rob and Susie bring with them will be critical to delivering on Food Frontier’s mission now and into the future. 

“Food Frontier’s Founder Thomas King and the Board have spent the past five years building a strong team, bringing together expertise across research, policy, communications and industry to grow the organisation’s impact through the programs it delivers. With the appointment of these two key hires, Food Frontier is well-positioned for the next critical phase of the organisation’s work.”

Rob joins the Food Frontier team as Head of Public Affairs with 20 years of experience in agriculture, government relations and consulting with numerous high-profile global NGOs and corporations. 

With a passion for creating robust, resilient rural communities, Rob is known as a values-based leader with expertise in all facets of corporate and public affairs – with a focus on natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and international trade. Rob is excited about bringing his global and domestic experience to support Food Frontier’s work in furthering the alternative proteins sector and helping progress Australia’s agricultural sector in turn.  

Susie joins the Food Frontier team as Head of Industry Engagement with extensive experience in the agriculture and forestry sectors. Susie is an experienced stakeholder manager with an extensive career working with and across primary producers, government, R&D, regulatory and supply chain organisations. She has held executive positions with VicForests and Bayer, the latter of which included overseeing the development of the company’s grains industry supply chain management plan for canola. 

Susie has recently completed an MBA and says she is excited to bring her experience and new skills to envision future pathways for the emerging alternative proteins sector: 

“I really enjoy taking complex scientific data and turning it into valuable insights and also creating opportunities for collaboration across the supply chain” Susie explained.

In discussing the recent appointments, CEO Jane Sydenham-Clarke highlighted that Food Frontier’s small yet passionate team will continue working closely with all partners in the collaborative way that has made the organisation so effective to date.

“The alternative proteins ecosystem across Australia and New Zealand will benefit from our evolving capacity to deliver important insights and initiatives where they’re most needed.”

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