Australia

Stephen Ellis
Stephen Ellis

Managing Director

B. App. Sci., B. Management.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Professional affiliations
  • Member, Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS)
  • Member, Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Ltd. (A.I.F.S.T.)
Professional experience

Commencing with DWC FoodTech in 2005, Stephen actively represents the company across all facets of services whilst working with food processing establishments throughout Australia and internationally.

As a Process Authority (Approved Person) for thermally process foods, Stephen manages DWC FoodTech’s Thermal Process Authority division (specialising in retorting), managing and conducting process evaluation and temperature (and heat) distribution studies, optimisation of heat treatments, thermal processing training courses, HACCP evaluations and packaging hermetic seal integrity analysis.

James Lauer
James Lauer

Food Process Engineer

B. Chem. Eng. (RMIT)

Professional affiliations
  • Member, Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS)
  • Member, IChemE (Institute of Chemical Engineers)
Professional experience

With experience in managing the operations of a food pilot facility, James brings to DWC FoodTech his food process engineering skills to work nationally and internationally in the design and validation of UHT aseptic and microwave systems.

As a Process Authority (Approved Person) for thermally processed foods, James manages DWC FoodTech’s UHT and continuous processing division.

With his experience in working with (and training of) numerous food processing technologies, James adds to DWC FoodTech’s already well established industry training programs and Process Authority services.

Dr. Darian Warne
Dr. Darian Warne

Principal Consultant

ARMIT, BA Melb, MSc Lond, PhD Tas.

Professional affiliations
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Ltd. (A.I.F.S.T.)
  • Member, Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS).
Professional experience

Over 30 years experience in the Australian and international food and beverage processing and packaging industries and Academia, and the previous Managing Director of DWC FoodTech. Consultant to national and multinational food manufacturers and packaging material suppliers and regulators. Authored the manual for, and is the lead presenter for, the Approved Persons Course (APC) which is conducted in partnership with CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences. This course, which is the only one of its type in Australia and New Zealand, has been presented since 1997 and represents the highest level of training in thermal processing that is available in these countries. In parallel with the APC, DWC FoodTech also offers a similar program which deals with UHT processing and packaging. These courses provide national and international participants with the necessary skills to design and implement safe and commercially viable thermal schedules for the processing of food and beverages using conventional retorting, pasteurisation and UHT systems.

New Zealand

Kris Tong
Kris Tong

Director – Food Process Engineering (New Zealand)

B.Tech. (Massey), Certified Food Scientist (IFT/IFSCC)

Professional affiliations
  • Member, Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS)
  • Member, Engineering NZ
  • Member, European Hygenic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG)
  • Member, NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST)
  • Member, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)