David Platts

David Platts

  • Position Committee Member and Subject Area Lead for Food and Drink


David is a Fellow of IChemE and a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. Until late 2018, he was owner/MD of PDV Consultants (which he founded in 1991) - a consultancy service to the food, dairy and bioscience industries in the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, and UK.

He served on the board of IChemE in New Zealand for six years and was chair, 2010-2012; was a co-opted member of Council, 2014-2016; served on the industry advisory boards for two New Zealand Universities; received the Council Medal in 2013 (awarded annually for exceptional service to the institution on special projects); and was awarded the Chemeca Medal in 2018.

Election statement

As a member of the LSC, I aim to bring wide ranging experience in food and bio-science gained from working across many industry sectors, which include Research, Operations, Manufacturing, Quality Systems delivery, Engineering Design and Project Management.

I have been involved with the deployment of automation from the first PLC’s to fully integrated distributed smart control systems in the food manufacturing sector. I have witnessed the Asia Pacific Region’s growth in the production of foods and manufacturing capability.

I have a strong commitment to the work of Safety Centre and have promoted its value proposition both to large organisations and to the very important food sector SME companies.

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