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Barry Irvin AM - Chairman

Chairman - Giant Steps (Sydney)
Director – Gardiner Foundation
Director – Capitol Chilled Foods Australia (CCFA)

Barry Irvin has extensive experience in the dairy industry and has been Chairman of Bega Cheese since 2000.  Barry's leadership has seen Bega Cheese grow from a small regionally based dairy company to now one of the largest dairy companies in Australia, supplying a large range of dairy products in Australia and around the world.

Barry's depth of knowledge of the industry includes a significant understanding of the issues affecting Australian dairy farmers, the key investments required to meet changing consumer needs, and the management of long term customer relationships.

Barry was awarded the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 2009.  Barry is very aware of the importance of social responsibility. He has been Chairman of Giant Steps, an organisation providing services to children and young adults with autism since 2002.  In 2008 Barry was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to children with disability and the Australian dairy industry and in 2010 Barry was named Rabo Bank Agribusiness leader of the year.