Nutrition Australia Vic Division Board of Directors

John Wills


Chair: John Wills

John has extensive experience as a CEO and board member in both the not for profit and commercial sectors including education, retail, manufacturing, disability services, health, zoos and property development. During his career John has had a number of pivotal senior roles across a range of industries including CEO of the Centre for Adult Education (CAE), CEO of Zoos Victoria, General Manager of strategy and research for Lend Lease, Director of Susan Corporation, General Manager of Palmer Corporation and General Manager of Myer.

John has also contributed to various medical and school boards including Victorian TAFE Association, Australian Pracising Nurses Association (APNA) and Victorian Relief.

John holds Masters degrees in education, counselling and business and a graduate diploma in organisational behaviour. He is passionate about conservation, nutrition, health and wellbeing and education and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society.



Deputy chair: TBC


Dean Laurence

Treasurer: Dean Laurence

Dean is an experienced company director who serves and has served on not for profit, government and private sector boards. He brings a background in strategy, leadership, and risk management as well as governance. He is also a mentor and alumnus of Leadership Victoria.

Dean’s corporate career encompassed more than 20 years in Executive Director, CFO / General Management roles within ASX and large private companies, both within Australia and overseas, across a range of industry sectors including construction, property, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, UK and PNG, and in Australia in NSW and Victoria.

Dean has a Master of Business Administration, UNE and Master of Commerce, Sydney University. He’s passionate especially about supporting not for profit entities in the aged care, healthcare, mental health or associated sectors.



Board member: Blake Robinson

Blake is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a keen interest in the role the food industry can play in improving the health of Australians.

He has experience in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors across technical, regulatory and policy projects as well as consumer insights, marketing and communications and strategic partnerships.

Blake also has an interest in sports nutrition and is undertaking the accreditation process with Sports Dietitians Australia.


Teri Lichtenstein

Board member: Teri Lichtenstein

Teri is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian with over 17 years’ experience within the food and healthcare industries.

Teri is the director of FoodBytes, a nutrition and digital consultancy that empowers brands and organisations to raise their nutritional profile through digital channels. Prior to establishing FoodBytes, Teri worked at Nestle for almost a decade, where she gained valuable brand marketing and digital expertise. She has a wealth of experience across a range of FMCG, nutrition and healthcare industries.

Teri is a regular speaker on the topics of social media and digital marketing and contributes to a range of digital and nutrition publications.


Maria Robbins

Board member: Maria Robbins

Maria has an extensive career in human resources and general management roles across a wide range of organisations and industries, in the private sector, in government and in not for profit.

In addition to her HR expertise, Maria brings strategic and management skills to her role at Nutrition Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Behaviour and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Pauline Lucas


Board member: Pauline James

Pauline is a strategic minded and results-driven professional with 12 years’ experience in product and service design, digital, analytics and customer insight across Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

A natural innovator with proven ability in greenfield and ambiguous environments. Pauline is marketing degree qualified with strengths in data-driven decision making, and relationship management.


Sarah McNaughton


Board member: Sarah McNaughton

Associate Professor McNaughton is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and a nutritional epidemiologist, supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. She leads a program of research that focuses on dietary patterns across the
life-course and the implications for public health.

She completed her PhD in the School of Population Health, University of Queensland in 2003 and was subsequently appointed a Research Scientist in the Nutritional Epidemiology section of the Medical Research Council Collaborative Centre for Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge (UK). Since joining Deakin University in October 2005, she has held research fellowships from the NHMRC, Heart Foundation and Australian Research Council.



Chief Executive Officer: Lucinda Hancock

Lucinda is an Accredited Nutritionist (Dietitians Association of Australia) and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrition Australia Vic Division. She is responsible for the implementation of all business strategies and operations across the division including the development of sustainable statewide and national nutrition education programs.

Lucinda’s experience in health promotion spans over the past 12 years from working on specific projects in the area of public health and community nutrition to managing a non-government, non-profit national community nutrition education organisation.

She is a public health nutritionist and has completed a Masters in Human Nutrition Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree and is currently completing her Masters in Business (Philanthropy and Social Investment). She is passionate about food, enjoys frequenting the farmers’ markets, is a devoted member to slow food and is married to a chef whose culinary talents lie in French cuisine.



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