The 2017 Young Packaging & Processing Professional of the Year Award was given to two people who have already made great strides in their packaging careers.

Both Arthritis Australia's Alexandra Brayshaw and Nestlé Australia's Nina Cleeve-Edwards were recognised for their contributions in this year's PIDA Awards.

Alexandra Brayshaw MAIP, an accessible packaging researcher for Arthritis Australia, won the APPMA Diploma in Packaging Technology scholarship in 2015 and has already achieved excellent results, according to organisers.

During her time at the Accessible Design Division of Arthritis Australia, Brayshaw has worked with Nestlé, SPC, and Kellogg’s to test and provide advice on how to develop accessible packaging.

She has also worked to improve packaging accessibility through the development of the national Packaging Accessibility Rating Database, used by Health Share NSW, Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), and the Institute of Hospitality in Health Care (IHHC).

Brayshaw plans to continue to work with the packaging and processing industry to further its understanding of consumers’ needs and abilities.

Nina Cleeve-Edwards MAIP is the manager of the Oceania innovation acceleration team at Nestlé Australia.

She is an AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology graduate and was the second recipient of the Certified Packaging Professional designation in Australasia.

She has also been awarded a Harry Lovell Award and has contributed the eco-design tool PIQET.

She successfully rolled this tool out in Nestlé to more than 500 packaging technologists across the globe.

Cleeve-Edwards industrialised the packaging for Nestlé Carnation Lite Cooking Cream and designed the opening feature for Maggi Wet Recipe Bases pouches.

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