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Meet Angela Rowan

  • August 16, 2017
  • 1 min read

You may have seen our latest ad that’s currently on TV, exploring the work we’re doing to unlock more of milk’s potential.

Complex lipids are special fats that occur naturally in milk - they are also the building blocks of cells in humans and may help make connections between cells. Scientists at the Fonterra Research and Development Centre have been working on investigating their potential role in brain health for over a decade, and have partnered with Australian scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Our General Manager of Nutrition, Angela Rowan, has been heavily involved in the work, and featured in the ad. We caught up with her to find out more about her career, her work at Fonterra, and how she got into nutrition.

What attracted you to nutrition as a career?

“I studied biochemistry at University and found the impact of nutrients on the body fascinating. I did my post-graduate studies in protein nutrition, but I really wanted to be an industry nutritionist rather than an academic.

I was fortunate to get what I considered to be my dream job as a nutritionist at the New Zealand Dairy Board, and quickly became responsible for our research in the area, which has grown considerably over the years!”

What’s it like to be involved in a project like Complex Lipids?

“I’m not just the GM Nutrition, I’m also a farmer supplying Fonterra milk, so I feel very privileged to help unlock more of milk’s potential.

This project in particular has been very exciting because, while there’s a lot of work to do to really know more about the effects of complex lipids, the potential is incredible. My team and I are passionate about providing a strong science backing to all we do - we make recommendations and develop products for consumers across a wide range of ages and stages of life, and people rely on the advice we give them.

As a farmer, it’s reassuring to know Fonterra treats our milk with respect and has top scientists adding value to our great product.”

What are you most proud of in your time at Fonterra?

“I have had lots of highlights! I was part of the leadership team to establish a large research programme on milk bioactives, I loved supporting the global Anmum team and leading the nutritional innovations of the products. I am also extremely proud to have lead the setup of the considerable research programme that has supported this complex lipids and cognition work too!”