Dr Megan Sheehy - IBD Board Trustee and General Manager Classification for Grains Australia

Megan brings to the IBD Board a breadth and depth of knowledge having worked in the food & beverages and agriculture industries and for the not-for-profit sector. With a strong skillset in Management, Continuous Improvements, Troubleshooting, Malting and Brewing Science, Megan proves the global reach of IBD as an institution with strong roots and high engagement in the Asia Pacific region.

Megan joined the Board of Trustees in March 2022, and she has been part of the IBD Awards Committee since January 2021. In her role as an Interim Deputy President and Trustee, her main responsibilities are to support the President in guiding the strategy of the organisation, ensuring fiscal, governance, risk and compliance integrity, and enabling organisational well-being.

Her career started at Lion in Adelaide in Australia in 2000 in several positions, the last one as a Packaging Quality Team Manager. After this, Megan joined Joe White Maltings, where she was responsible for ensuring that research projects on barley, malt and other related products, malt production, brewhouse performance and new products, including utilising a pilot brewery.

Later on, Megan became part of Cargill Malt as Technical Services Manager in a vital position that brought together Technical, Operations and Marketing to help achieve strategic goals around market volume and profit targets.  

In January 2016, Megan joined Barley Australia as Executive Manager, moving on to the position of Executive Chairperson in late 2017.  During her time with Barley Australia, she gained extensive experience within the barley and the broader grains industry.

Since February 2022, Megan is General Manager – Classification at Grains Australia in a key executive position where she is responsible for the coordination and delivery of Australian grain variety classification outcomes. 

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Megan holds a Ph.D Degree in Food Microbiology for the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Microbiology and Hons Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Technology for the University of South Australia.

Megan is a Fellow of the IBD and a former Director and Chairperson for the Board of Management for the IBD’s Asia Pacific Section.

Megan has also been closely involved with the planning and management of the Internationally renowned Australian Barley Technical Symposium (ABTS) for the past two and upcoming symposia, holding the role of Symposia Secretary for the 2017 Hobart Symposium and serving as a member of the organising committee for the recent 2019 and the upcoming 2022 Symposia.

In her free time, Megan likes cooking, reading and gardening.