Packaging veteran awarded

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to advise that Emeritus Professor Harry Lovell, FAIP has been awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours 2008.

Emeritus Professor Harry Lovell a fellow of the AIP, has been recognised for his outstanding and significant contribution to business and commerce through the food and packaging industries, particularly as an advocate for education and training.

“On behalf of the AIP National Board and Members we offer well deserved congratulations to Harry,” says Llew Stephens, FAIP, National AIP President.

“There is little doubt that without his hard work, usually in a voluntary capacity, the AIP would not be in existence today.”

“We also have Harry to thank for the healthy state of our education offerings and there are several thousand Australians with a better understanding of packaging and food as a result of Harry’s teachings and seminars,” Stephens says.

“This is a wonderful honour to Harry to be awarded the OAM,” says the AIP’s Pierre Pienaar.

“It is encouraging to see that such an enthusiastic gentleman has been recognised for his untiring focus and dedication to hard work usually in a voluntary capacity.”

“The AIP and packaging education is in Harry’s blood. There are hundreds and hundreds of past students who are most grateful to his dedication to training that now have a better understanding of packaging as a consequence of his free sharing of his vast knowledge through lectures and seminars.”

“This recognition shown to him is well deserved, congratulations.” he says.

“It was wonderful to read Harry’s name in the paper on Australia Day and the award truly reflects the enormous effort Harry has for the packaging industry and how he continues to inject his passion and enthusiasm into the lives of those around him, across our industry and especially in the AIP,” says George Ganzenmuller, FAIP.

“Without Harry’s close relationship and continuous communication with the IoP in England, the Diploma would not be currently running in Australia.”

“His role as organiser, advocate, nurturer and mentor for the diploma has ensured that the Australian packaging industry has the educated staff they need and deserve.”

“The OAM was long overdue for someone who has tirelessly and quietly played a hugely significant role in packaging education in Australia,” says Ganzenmuller.

“Now at last his important contribution has been recognised”

Professor Harry Lovell is a chartered packaging technologist and food technologist with over fifty years industry experience in packaging and food manufacturing.

Please join with the National Board and congratulate Harry Lovell on receiving his OAM and acknowledging one of the finest gentlemen in the packaging industry in Australasia.

Harry is always available to offer well thought out guidance for the current AIP Board and its Members. He is a mentor and an example of what can be achieved at any age if you have the enthusiasm and commitment to a cause, or in his case a range of causes.

Background on Emeritus Professor Harry Lovell FAIP, OAM His record with the Australian Institute of Packaging is as follows:

  • He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging.
  • His service to the Institute was recognised when he was given a Founders Award.
  • He has been the Chairman of the AIP Education Committee since 2000
  • He was President in 2004-5 and 1995-8.
  • He was Vice President 1993-1995.
  • He is currently the QA Manager and Co-ordinator for the AIP’s Education Program.
  • He is a judge for the Southern Cross Packaging Awards and the Australian Packaging Awards run by the Packaging Council of Australia.

Harry Lovell took on the Presidency of the AIP again in 2004 at the age of 73 when the Institute was having a difficult time.

In the main, it was by his decisions, efforts and generous donation of time and skills he has put the Institute back on a firm financial and organisational footing.

During 2004/2005 Harry waived all of his tutor and office expenses and has never accepted a free invitation to any branch meeting, even if he was the main speaker.

He continues his voluntary work for the AIP by assisting with arranging speakers for AIP seminars and conferences through his extensive network of local and overseas contacts.

He is constantly promoting the AIP and its’ educational offerings and regularly speaks at AIP functions. The AIP recently recognised Harry’s contribution to the industry by launching the Harry Lovell Award for education.

The award honours and recognises his commitment and significant contribution over twenty five years to education and training in the AIP and in particular with the Diploma of Packaging Technology in Australasia.

He was associated with the National Packaging Covenant as a joint peer reviewer of the Nolan ITU Report which reported and made recommendations on the first five years of the covenants operation.

He has participated in an advisory capacity to government instrumentalities in respect to the Covenant and acted as an adviser to a number of companies in respect to its implementation.

He has been a technical consultant to the food and packaging industries since 1972 working in Europe, Middle East, USA and the Asia Pacific region.

Harry Lovell has been an Emeritus Professor since 1995. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious designation of Chartered Scientist from the UK for his work in packaging in Australia and overseas after being nominated by the Institute of Packaging in the UK.

He is also a designated Chartered Scientist under the Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK).

He was Vice Chancellor of Gatton College University of Qld 1994-95 and a Director 1991-1995. He was a professor in the Department of Food Studies in 1990.

He was also Dean of Food Studies Qld Agriculture College 1981.

Principle Lecturer 1978 Head of Food Technology and Department Head of Faculty Food Blackpool College of Technology and Art.

His career has seen him as Product Development Manager Cadbury Schweppes Ltd UK 1966, Technical Manager Fisons Foods (Nthn Ireland) in 1956.

Area Microbiologist CWS Ltd (London) 1947. He was Chairman of the Qld Food Industry Training Council 1989-90. Member of the Education Committee Board of Advanced Education 1986-1989.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology(UK), Australian Institute of Food Technology and the Technical Institute of Packaging (UK).

He was a member of the Ministerial Task Force for Food Res (Qld) in 1989, Qld Hospitality and Tourism Industry Training Council 1980-1988, the Advisory Board Food Facility Department of Health since 1980.

He was also a member of the Institute of Biology UK 1959-1982, Society Applied Bacteriology 1956-82, Institute of Meat (UK) 1973-78, Society of Dairy Technology 1952-80.

He has consulted for Colgate Palmolive Ltd 1973-78, APV Ltd 1975-78, Air Products 1973-78 and the Royal Household Sultanate of Muscat and Oman 1976-78.

He is a member of the Education Committee for the Institute of Packaging (UK), National Diploma Dairy Technology Reading University and Guilds London Institute.

He has run a food and packaging consultancy since 1991 and has provided advice and technical expertise to a range of government on non government bodies.

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