Dr Megan Sheehy

Megan is the IBD's second successive female President and the fourth woman in this role in the history of the organisation.

As the new President, Megan’s primary responsibilities will be Board leadership focused on the strategic growth and development of the IBD, with a key element being the implementation of Chartership.  Her role will also concentrate on promoting membership engagement and value.

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 improvement, 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.

Her career started at Lion in Adelaide in Australia in 2000 in several operational positions in brewing and packaging, the last one as a Packaging Quality Team Manager. After this, Megan joined Joe White Maltings, where she was responsible for research projects on barley, malt and other related products and the operation of the 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 three symposia, holding the role of Symposia Secretary for the 2017 Hobart Symposium and serving as a member of the organising committee for the 2019 and 2022 Symposia.

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