Dr Brightwell was appointed to the role of NZFSSRC Associate Director in October 2016. In addition to this role, Gale is the Science Team Leader for AgResearch’s Food Assurance team. Over the last 15 years Dr Brightwell has built excellent working relationships with a number of important stakeholders both within the meat industry and wider fields. She has been active in developing these relationships along the whole farm to fork continuum to integrate scientific outcomes into practical solutions for both the dairy and meat primary sector industries.