Minderoo Foundation20 Jul 2022

Barry McGuire joins Minderoo Foundation Board

Dr Andrew Forrest AO and Nicola Forrest AO today announced the appointment of prominent business and cultural leader Barry McGuire to the Board of Minderoo Foundation.


Mr McGuire is a proud Balladong Noongar man, and a descendant of the Wadjuk and Yued people.

A highly regarded entrepreneur and negotiator, Mr McGuire has worked as a consultant for local, State, and Federal Government. In addition to his role as Chairman of Spear Group Holdings, Mr McGuire was recently appointed as the cultural advisor to the Indigenous Emerging Business Forum, an organisation designed to help and support Aboriginal-owned businesses make the most of technology to grow business and opportunities.

He is also a Director of the Spear Foundation, a not for profit providing cultural understanding to service organisations working within the Aboriginal community of the Perth metropolitan area.

Dr Forrest and Mrs Forrest, the Chair and Co-Chair of Minderoo Foundation respectively, today welcomed Mr McGuire’s appointment.

“We have admired and worked with Barry for a very long time and we are thrilled that he has chosen to take up our offer to join the Board of Minderoo Foundation,” the Forrests said.

“Barry will provide his unique wisdom and expertise across our important work nationally and internationally.”

Mr McGuire said he was excited by the depth and breadth of the issues tackled by Minderoo Foundation and inspired by Minderoo’s Indigenous employment pillar Generation One.

“Andrew and Nicola Forrest have never shied away from tackling the hard issues.

“I’m humbled by this appointment and eager to join their cause, and the cause of Minderoo Foundation’s partners around the globe, to arrest unfairness and create opportunities to better the world,” Mr McGuire said.

In addition to his work with the Spear Foundation, Mr McGuire currently serves as a Director of the Western Australian Planning Commission and as an advisory board member of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia.

“These roles allow me to exercise my passion for sharing cultural understanding and safety across all nations of Australia, while contributing to local economic development across urban, regional and remote parts of our national community,” Mr McGuire said.

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Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, we are a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration in cancer and community projects.

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