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.
Leandra Coffey, Director, Fruity Sacks
Member of the ECA
“Our business is about making it easy for people to make environmentally friendly choices. We are looking to expand into new overseas markets and the ECA have been a huge help in this endeavour. The ECA have given us introductions to key businesses that can help us in the markets we are looking at, and their workshops and seminars on topics relevant to exporting were extremely useful. All up, our association with the ECA has been a great asset to Fruity Sacks.”Become a Member
Homart Group has been established for 27 years, and specialises in manufacturing and marketing high quality Australian health supplements. Their products include two major segments of health supplements; skin care and dairy products. Their biggest export challenge is the regulations each country has for the import permits. It normally takes long time to get the registration approval before they can sell the goods into that country.