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Institute of Brewing & Distilling appoints new president

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) has named Dr Megan Sheehy as its new president, taking on the role from Bhavya Mandanna.

The move will see Sheehy become the IBD’s second successive female president and the fourth woman in the role in the history of the organisation. 

The announcement was made at the 19th IBD Annual General Meeting this week, in which Mandanna finalised her two-year tenure. However, she will remain on the board of trustees.

In the same AGM, it was revealed that Raphaël Grisoni, an international drinks industry leader with a wealth of experience in the Scotch whisky, Champagne and rum industries, will become vice president of the IBD.

In the role of president, Sheehy’s primary responsibilities will be board leadership, prioritising the growth and development of the IBD. Sheehy will concentrate on promoting membership engagement and value following the recent granting of chartership status.

Based in Adelaide, Sheehy has over 20 years of experience in the barley, malting and brewing industries, having worked with Joe White Maltings, Lion, and most recently Barley Australia, prior to joining Grains Australia Limited as general manager classification in February 2022.

Sheehy is also a fellow of the IBD and a former director and chairperson for the board of management for the IBD’s Asia Pacific Section.

Speaking about the appointment, Sheehy said: “It is an honour and a privilege to accept the role of the president of the IBD and I would like to thank Bhavya and the board of trustees for the immense amount of work that has been completed over the last two years.

She explained: “The IBD is the leading technical education provider and global network of professionals working in brewing, distilling and allied industries which sets the gold standard and excellence in technical knowledge in the sector. I am proud to have the opportunity to lead the board through this important time and to continue growing the global relevance and reach of the IBD.”

Tom Shelston, IBD chief executive officer added: “We are delighted to have Megan as our new president. She is passionate about the industry and brings a lot of experience from her impressive career which will further support our ambitions. I’d also like to recognise the fantastic job that Bhavya has done in the last two years in continuing to grow the global reach and reputation of the IBD. Megan, Raphaël and Bhavya reflect the breadth and reach of the IBD board’s expertise and experience, providing incredible oversight and strategic direction for the IBD at this exciting point in our history.”

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