Barbara McGeoch - Director
Barbara is co-owner and a director of McGeoch's Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd, which has been at the forefront of developing export markets for Australian ornamental horticultural products over the last 20 years. The company currently has a large production facility in China and offices in Hong Kong and Macau.
Over the last ten years, Birkdale has built an extensive global network of suppliers to ensure that it can be competitive and meet the diverse and demanding requirements of clients markets throughout Asia and the Middle East. This encompasses complex logistical and quarantine management in supplying a diverse range of plants from seedlings up to large 12 metre high mature trees and palms from multiple countries, and training staff from other cultures to meet the exacting requirements of high profile clients.
Barbara is a director of the Queensland Air Freight Council, member of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International and past member of other national and
state industry bodies.
In 1995, Birkdale received a Federal Government Citation for Export Achievement for its outstanding contribution to Australia’s export efforts. Barbara also received an Australian Export Heroes Award in 1999 for her contributions to the Australian export industry and in 2002 was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in St. Petersburg by Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales of which Women Chiefs of Enterprises International in Australia is affiliated.
Over the last 15 years she has endeavoured to assist exporters by speaking at numerous Australian and international events on the challenges and complexities
involved in developing export markets.
Dee-Ann Prather, Down Under Enterprises International
NSW Women in Global Business Award winner
Member of the ECA
“90% of our business is export based and we are expanding rapidly throughout Asia. As we move into new countries and regions it is important to understand the country, culture and business norms and ECA has helped us do this through their programs. ECA has also helped us improve our shipping and documentation efficiency, especially with the new GHS requirements. Overall, ECA is a wealth of information and knowledge and have always been very helpful when we have specific issues or questions.”Become a Member
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