NAC Institute Board


Dr Karen Abbey

Chief Executive Officer

PhD. B Sc. Hon Human Nutrition Grad Dip Nutr & Diet Masters Health Science Management Cert IV Training and Assessment Cert III Commercial Cookery.

Foodservices has played a central role in Karen career, working across the sector in consulting, management and teaching. Karen has a passion for foodservice science and translating it into practical solutions for foodservices. All of the parts of this website illustrate Karen's passion for foodservices and the NACI is bring the very best of foodservice science together.


Professor Sandra Capra


BSc(Hons) University of Sydney
DipNutr&Diet University of Sydney
MSocSc University of Birmingham
PhD University of Queensland
Fellow Dietitians Association of Australia

Professor Capra’s professional career started with 15 years in practice as a clinical dietitian, manager and dietitian-in-charge of nutrition and food services. She then ventured into her highly respected academic career at QUT, the University of Newcastle and now at the University of Queensland. In 2003 she was appointed a Member, Order of Australia, for her contribution to nutrition and dietetics and community health. She is a Fellow and Life Member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She served three terms as President of the Dietitians Association of Australia, President of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations from 2004-2016 and one of three Independent Directors of Health Workforce Australia, 2010-2014. She has served on the NHMRC committees which developed the nutrient reference values for Australia and the Australian Dietary Guidelines. In 2014 she was named one of the 100 Financial Review/Westpac most influential women in Australia. She is regularly invited to speak at local, national and international events on many aspects of nutrition and dietetics and has more than 200 written works.

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Judith Brown


Judith Brown, BCom, DFP, C.dec,

Practice Principal - AMP Advice Cairns & Townsville

I am a highly motivated and experienced Senior Manager with a broad range of skills and knowledge to successfully develop and advance any organisation or industry. By providing strategic support and management, I demonstrate high-level leadership capabilities to influence change, improve services and functions, and drive organisations forward.


John Cooke


Bachelor of Laws Macquarie University, Sydney NSW
Cert IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
Diploma of Management (BSB51107)
RABQSA International – Auditing Management Systems
Honours Graduate – Associate of Occupational Studies Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts
Honours Graduate – Associate of Occupational Studies Restaurant Management

I commenced my adult working life in the early 90’s at a real estate training company, assisting the owner in developing a web site and database that would allow the students to complete their education requirements online. After a backpacking sabbatical to Europe I returned with a passion to pursue my love for the hospitality business and undertook studies of classical French cooking at a Le Cordon Blue Culinary Institute in conjunction with restaurant management.

NAC Institute Advisors


Kathy Rees

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Lead Auditor qualifications - including specific state and territory schemes
Master of Organisational Development & Training
Diploma of Workplace Training & Assessment
Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling & Mediation; Human Resource Management)

Kathy Rees has over 30 years of experience in the disability sector and since the year 2000, has managed a funded organisation for people with disabilities and conducted PhD level research into long-term support of compensable individuals. She has also directed the development and subsequent sale of a Registered Training Organisation that had operated from 2002 until 2016. Throughout the project, training and auditing work undertaken across sectors and regions of Australia, she has developed an appreciation for the nutritional requirements of vulnerable individuals and has worked with individuals and services that seek better outcomes for all. As a result of her background and interest in sound business management practices, Kathy brings a wide array of experience to the NACI Board.


Maurice Kemp

Welcome to a new section in the NACI journal from Maurice Kemp CFSP with a Doctorate in Food Service from NAFES the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers. Maurice began his career in Hospitality back in 1963 in Melbourne, Commercial Cookery at William Angliss Food School. A successful career in International Hotels & Restaurants Maurice in 1973 joined a major food manufacturer as Product Development Chef, from there to being the National Product Manager for a major Catering Equipment Company. In 1984 Maurice established Maurice Kemp & Associates, Catering Equipment Systems, until his retirement in 2018. During his career, Maurice was President of the International Trade Fair Committee, President of NAFES, National Australian Food Equipment Suppliers, Australian Team Captain to the Culinary Arts Festival in Canada, Vancouver BC. MKA  is now known as SKANOS Catering Equipment Systems, is still a major player with innovative products. Having travelled the world Maurice brings a wealth of experience to the NACI Journal.

Cooking is my passion.

In 1963 I began my career at Eliza’s Restaurant in The John Batman Motor Inn Melbourne. Eliza was the wife of John Batman the founder of Melbourne. I was the only Australian in a Kitchen Brigade of seven. The Executive Chef, The Souse Chef, The Cold Larder Chef, The Grill Cook, The Ala Carte Cook, The Kitchen Man, & me. We worked at 09:00. Hrs to 14:30 Hrs. returning for the evening at 17:00 Hrs. till 22:00 Hrs. five days a week. I still had a day in the week to attend William Angliss. Friday & Saturday evenings were our busiest serving around 100 guests a three-course meal. It was the top end, meaning a very high standard, discipline a must in a busy kitchen. The kitchen was very functional. Later in years, I found out it was designed by the inaugural president of FCSI Food Consultant Services International member Mr Don McCartney Don migrated in the 1950s from England. His company became McCartney Taylor Dimitroff. The company is still active under new owners in Melbourne. The highlight for me as a teenager was The Rolling Stones were our house guests in 1964.


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