Steve McCutcheon is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree with a major in rural economics from Sydney University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University.
From 1980-87, Steve worked in a number of positions in the banking sector related to rural lending. Since then, he has spent nearly 30 years working in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. In the early years he worked with the grains, sugar and horticulture sectors to implement government economic reforms. In his later years as Executive Manager of the Department’s Product Integrity Animal and Plant Health Division he administered the government’s role in national biosecurity arrangements. He also held executive responsibility for the Australian Government’s participation in the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the representation role of the Chief Plant Protection Officer on the IPPC.
Steve has held a number of board positions, including the Dried Fruits Research and Development Council, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, Australian Plague Locust Commission and Food Standards Australia New Zealand. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.