DTS Food Assurance prides itself in the high level of service and quality we deliver to customers every day. In a complex and ever changing landscape, our team of talented technical experts are available to provide invaluable advice and support to our customers.
Lee Kennedy, Technical Manager Chemistry
Lee leads the Technical Services team at our Chemistry Centre with over 35 years industry experience. He joined DTS in November 2011, and is responsible for providing technical support to the chemistry lab, and our clients.
Lee is an Authorised Analyst (Victorian Food Act and Health Act for the Chemical and Physical Analysis of Food, Water, Drugs, Substances and other articles,) plus an Approved Analyst (Section 81 of the New South Wales Food Act 2003). He is also a NATA Technical Assessor (Food Chemistry).
Dr Tass Karalis, NSW Business Unit Leader / Microbiology Technical Specialist
Tass joined DTS in July 2015 leading the our NSW operation and has extensive experience in the food microbiology industry. His particular focus is working with clients to identify issues and implement industry best practice.
Tass has a PhD, Applied Biosciences (Microbiology) from the University of NSW; is a current Committee member of the AIFST Food Microbiology Group (NSW); and is a member of the Australian Society for Microbiology. Plus he is a NATA Assessor/Auditor (Biological) and a Certified Public Analyst.
Margaret Tentser, Technical Manager Microbiology (VIC)
Margaret has more than 30 years of experience in food microbiology after gaining a Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne. A key contributor to the growth and success of DTS, Margaret has enjoyed roles in laboratory operations and management, plus innovation and technical services.
Margaret is currently responsible for providing advice and support, including the provision of suitable methodologies, or the interpretation of complex specifications and results. Her membersips include AIFST, DIAA and IAFP, plus a significant role as a member of the Standards Australia Committee FT035 – Food Microbiology.
Jasmine Lacis-Lee, Technical Manager Microbiology (QLD)
Jasmine joined DTSQ in July 2015 bringin almost 20 years’ experience as a microbiologist. She is a customer-focussed professional with significant first-hand experience.
Jasmine provides support to manufacturing teams with relation to microbiological risk assessments, trouble shooting, equipment installation and validations. She also gives operator training in food safety risks, GMP and internal audits.
Jasmine is outcome driven and gets great satisfaction from making a difference – whether it be helping a trainee to understand the reason for cleaning or seeing a product produced for the first time on a new manufacturing line.
Leonard Davies, Council Manager
Leonard is a specialist in labeling and legislation. He is an Authorised Analyst (Chemical and Physical Analysis of Food, Water, Drugs, Substances and Other Articles) and also an Approved Analyst (Chemical and Physical Analysis of Food). Plus, Leonard has 45+ years experience in Analytical Chemistry as a Public Analyst in Australia and the UK.
Len is a former partner in Dunn, Son and Stone. His awards include a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry and “Scientist of the Year” by AsureQuality Australia.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science and has been with DTS since 2008 where she started as Section Leader – Instrumental Chemistry. In 2013 she transferred to Milk Analytical Service where development and implementation of Quality and process improvement were the key focus.
Kate is driven by continuous improvement initiatives to improve customer experience and staff empowerment through training and development programs.
Gavin joined DTS in 2014 as Microbiology Technical Services and Innovation Leader, before taking on the role of National Manager for Biological Science in 2017.
Prior to joining DTS Gavin worked for bioMérieux Australia as an Applications Specialist. It was during this time he developed a passion for new technologies and innovation. Gaining extensive experience in the implementation of novel technologies into commercial laboratory operations, Gavin’s focus was on automation and process improvement. He also has worked within the poultry industry, specialising in food and veterinary microbiology, molecular biology and R&D.
Gavin is a graduate of Monash University with a BSc in Applied Biology.