Karen Perry

My food industry journey began as a laboratory technician for an ice-cream company in Cardiff, Wales.

This first introduction into food manufacture sparked my interest in developing my first of many, food safety management systems for small to medium sized food businesses within the UK and Ireland.

This produced a series of contract projects and employment opportunities across different food categories (fresh produce, processed meats, dairy desserts, food processing and manufacture).


  • Registered MPI Food Safety Consultant.
  • HND Science (Technology of Food)
  • BSc (Hons) Food Marketing & Business Studies
  • Adult Education & Training Level 4

After several years working as a technical intermediary between the supplier and the customer, I relocated to New Zealand with my family and embarked on another journey of raising children. During my children’s early years, I volunteered my services to Plunket as an educator to schools within the Wellington region delivering ‘Basic Needs of Young Children’, NZQA courses. I found this work hugely rewarding and embraced the challenge of delivering course content in a fun and interactive way while managing my toddlers in a classroom environment!

Following Plunket, I turned my focus towards becoming a Food Act 2014 regulatory compliance auditor for a certification body within New Zealand. This position opened a new career path in verification, evaluation, and facilitated food industry training.

I have and continue to enjoy the legislative side of my role. I am fully familiar with the Food Act 2014, Food Regulations 2015, Food Standards Australia, New Zealand (FSANZ), Dietary Supplement Regulations 1975, and the Fair-Trading Act 1986.

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