Mr Geoff Gorrie

Geoff GorrieBEc BA (ANU) BSc DipEd (UNE) PSM

Geoff Gorrie has a long history in agricultural policy and programs, food policy, regional development and natural resources management at Australian Government level as well as extensive experience in change management and administration.  He was involved in the implementation of food regulation reforms, water reform policies, water management in the Murray Darling Basin, the establishment of the Regional Forest Agreements and the Decade of Landcare which led into the establishment of the Natural Heritage Trust.

Geoff is a former Chair of the Board of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd.  He is a Director of Australia 21.  He has held directorships with Safe Food Production Queensland, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, the Australian Wheat Board, AWB Ltd, the Wheat Export Authority, Landcare Australia Ltd, the Forests and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation and the Woolmark Company.  He was Commonwealth Commissioner on the Murray Darling Basin Commission between 1994 and 1998, Chair of the National Land and Water Resources Audit Advisory Council between 2003 and 2008, and a Director of the Co-operative Research Centre on Biosecurity.

Geoff has a very high affinity with rural Australia - he was born in Gulgong, grew up in Binnaway and then attended high school in Bathurst and went on to university in Armidale and Canberra.  From the mid 1970s Geoff's public sector work dealt with aspects of rural and regional Australia.

Geoff was awarded the Public Service Medal on Australia Day 2002.  He retired as Deputy Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in January 2003.

Appointed a Director of UNE Foundation Ltd on 12 May 2009.