Nerida Kelton, Australian Institute of Packaging

Nerida Kelton talks all things Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), sustainable packaging and 2025 National Packaging Targets.


Nerida is the Executive Director for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Vice President Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

She has worked in the Packaging industry for over 24 years, is the lead for the Save Food Packaging Consortium project within the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and was the packaging representative on DAWE’s National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee.

Nerida is passionate about educating the industry on the important role that packaging plays in minimising Food Waste and how designing Save Food Packaging can make a difference. She is also one of the creators of the annual Xmas Foodbank hamper program which is designed to help those who are vulnerable and in need. The volunteer program has packed over 14,000 hampers to the value of over $1 Million AUD over the last 11 years.

Nerida is also committed to helping educate and train packaging professionals in the importance of sustainable and circular packaging design and recognising best practice in this area.
Nerida Kelton is a qualified public relations practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Double Major in Japanese), a Bachelor of Business in Public Relations and a Post Graduate Degree in Public Relations and Communications. Nerida is also a full member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), a Member of the International Packaging Press Organisation (IPPO), a full member of the Australian Institute of Packaging and is the youngest and first female to have ever received Life Membership to the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia for her significant contribution to the association and the wider industry. Her articles are published in an extensive range of publications across Australasia on a regular basis.

With over 28 years’ experience in Association & Event Management and Public Relations Nerida has spent the majority of her career working with non-profit industry-based educational organisations and has extensive experience in working with volunteer driven associations.

Australian Institute of Packaging

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is the peak professional body for packaging education and training in Australasia; helping to shape the careers of generations of packaging professionals – from packaging technologists to international packaging business leaders along with a host of people in associated disciplines – sales and marketing, purchasing, production and environment.