SRAS Advisors


Pat Silcock

Product Development Research Centre, University of Otago

As a specialist food scientist, Pat has an expert understanding of how the many different components of foods interact and contribute to the final product. As Manager of the Product Development Research Centre, Pat provides professional consulting services for food companies on both technical and food safety issues. His specialties are food and flavour chemistry and new product development. His research interests include factors influencing flavour perception and flavour generation.


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Dr John Monro

Principal Scientist, New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research

Dr Monro's recent research and publications have been principally on the glycaemic impact of available carbohydrates in the diet, its modulation by other food components and food structure, how to measure it in a physiologically valid way, and how to communicate its effects to consumers so as to guide healthier food choices. He has also researched and published on the properties of dietary non-starch polysaccharides and their relationship to health outcomes. Dr Monro is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops in his areas of expertise, and has served in national and international advisory groups on carbohydrates, dietary fibre and health. 

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Jeni Pearce

Dietitian, Performance Nutrition Lead at High Performance Sports NZ

One of the world's leading health and sports Dietitians, Jeni Pearce returned to NZ in 2013, from the UK. There she was Head of Performance Nutrition at the EIS (English Institute of Sport), being actively involved with the British Olympic Team for Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Earlier, Jeni ran her own private nutrition clinics for over 22 years and has been held positions such as Chairperson of the NZ Nutrition Foundation and Executive Officer of Agencies for Nutrition Action. She has also authored 12 books and has given countless lectures, and conference addresses in NZ, and internationally.


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Neil Mann

Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne

Neil Mann currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Science at RMIT University, Melbourne, having previously held the position of Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry. Neil has over 30 years' experience in nutrition research, co-ordinating projects in the areas of long-chain fatty acids, obesity, diabetes, acne and aspects of metabolic syndrome. Adjunt Professor Mann has provided his diverse expertise to the roles of Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) Professional Affairs Committee chairperson and past chairperson, Trustee of Asia Pacific Region International Life Sciences Institute(ILSI) for six years and scientific director of the International Diabetes Institute - Food GI testing program for five years. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, School of Anthropology for three years and is an author of over 70 refereed research papers and more than 100 national and international conference proceedings.


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Nicole Senior

Nutritionist, Sydney

Nicole is an accredited Nutritionist, author, speaker, cook and food enthusiast with an interest in turning evidence based nutrition guidelines into simple, achievable, responsible and enjoyable everyday eating advice.




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