One of the key objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is to recognise individuals who are making a significant contribution to the packaging industry and the Institute is pleased to honour some extremely deserving people in 2020.
AIP Honorary Membership
The first AIP special award is an Honorary Membership which is designed to recognise an individual who has contributed to and significantly supported the Institute and over a long period of time.
The AIP Board are proud to recognise Mark Kelton, Member Services Manager, AIP Australasian Office as an Honorary Member.
The Board would like to acknowledge Mark Kelton for his unwavering and tireless input into helping to create the successful Institute that we see today. Mark has been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the AIP for close to 15 years and looks after the members, the event bookings, the website, the accounts and so much more with professionalism and ease. Anyone that is a Member of the AIP will receive emails from Mark in the early hours of the mornings and even on weekends and he goes out of his way to help every Member.
The grade of Fellow is the highest recognition to AIP Members and is designed to recognise the significant and sustained contribution to the technology, science or application to packaging in the industry.
This year the AIP has one Fellowship to award…Joe Foster, Co-Founder & Director, OF Packaging.
Joe Foster FAIP has had a passion for flexible packaging for most of his life and has run four businesses across four countries over the last forty years. Joe has spent the majority of his career working to not only understand flexible packaging at its core but progress the possibilities of flexible plastics with a continued focus on packaging innovation. Joe Foster’s true legacy has nothing revolves around his resoundingly passionate attitude towards flexible packaging. Joe sees beyond what flexible packaging is, to what it can be, and hopes to create an evolved understanding of flexible packaging and the place it holds in society. His goal is to improve the relationship we have with flexible packaging and plastics, helping inspire new respect for packaging and improving consumer and waste behaviours along the way.
AIP Life Membership
The next AIP Special Award has only ever been awarded five times in 57 years. The Life Member award is designed to recognise someone who has consistently contributed to not only the packaging industry but also to the AIP as a volunteer. This person has been a Member of the AIP for over 35 years, is a Past President and Fellow of the Institute and has been an influential and consistent contributor the wider industry for 60 years.
The AIP are very pleased to announce that our newest Life Member is Terry Waterson FAIP.
Terry Waterson owns a specialist packaging and processing operation Metalprint Australia which holds the international licences for several packaging technologies and his contribution to economic development of packaging is exemplified in his perseverance to introduce the Spouted Pouch packaging system to Australia for Baby Food and Dairy companies. Outside of his tireless contribution to the industry. In the last 35 years Terry has never wavered from helping others and being available to help the AIP whenever needed.
2020 Harry Lovell Award
In 2006 the AIP acknowledging the important role of packaging education and training, established the Harry Lovell Award in recognition of the commitment and contribution of Emeritus Professor Harry Lovell, OAM, to education and training over thirty years in the Institute, and in particular to the Diploma in Packaging Technology. The Harry Lovell Award is presented to graduates of the Diploma in Packaging Technology who have achieved exemplary results in their examinations. This award is not awarded each year and is only presented to outstanding students in packaging technology. The Harry Lovell Award has only been awarded to five students in the last fourteen years – Aleah Back, Maria Indrayati, Misbah Khan, Nina Cleeve-Edwards and Sarah Squire.
The AIP Education Team would like to present not one but two Harry Lovell Awards to Alysha Baggett MAIP, Senior Packaging Technologist, Global Packaging Support Team, Suntory Monozukuri Expert Ltd in and Alexandra Brayshaw MAIP, Senior Technical & Design Lead, Arthritis Australia’s Accessible Design Division, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement as students leading to attaining the Diploma in Packaging Technology.
This follows their global recognition in late 2019 by the United Kingdom when Alysha was awarded the Best Student Award for 2018/19 and Alexandra Brayshaw was awarded Best Packaging Related Research Project 2018/19 for ‘Understanding the consumer’s experience of difficult-to-open packaging and the factors contributing to these negative experiences, especially for the ageing population’. Alysha and Alexandra are two exemplary young packaging professionals who are making a difference in their fields.
The AIP Founders Award has been named to honour the Foundation Members of the Institute and to recognise their significant contribution to the development of packaging technology and the industry in Australia and New Zealand. The Founders Award shall be given for outstanding performances which in a real way enhances the profession of Packaging Technology.
The Founders Award has only ever been attained by four other people in 57 years – Professor Harry Lovell OAM, FAIP George Ganzenmuller FAIP, Llewelyn Stephens FAIP and Prof. Pierre Pienaar, FAIP, CPP.
It is a privilege to announce that the fifth AIP Founders Award goes to Ralph Moyle, FAIP, CPP.
Ralph Moyle FAIP, CPP, is an experienced food-packaging consultant with 40 years in the food processing industry and 25 years focused on packaging. Through a unique range of senior management experiences in Packaging, Operations, Technical and Quality Assurance in large and medium FMCG businesses, Ralph has brought increased value to many organisations through the value of smarter packaging at less waste. Ralph’s packaging knowledge has resulted in successful contemporary designs and material selections, improved shelf life, lower material costs, shorter supply chains and environmentally friendly selections that have provided greater economic value. Ralph’s role as a trainer and lecturer within the AIP Education team has been invaluable and he alone has been instrumental in training over 1000 people in the last 12 months in Sustainable Packaging, 2025 National Packaging Targets, the Australasian Recycling Label and PREP. Ralph is a past President, Regional Chairperson and Fellow of the AIP and a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP).