Ange Barry is the Chief Executive Officer of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Ange joined Stephanie Alexander in August 2006 to manage the growth of the organisation and to pursue the Foundation goal of growing the Kitchen Garden Program. She has led the development of an incredibly successful, close-knit Foundation team, and has overseen the expansion of the Program from three Victorian schools in 2006 to over 800 schools across Australia in 2015. The lives of thousands of children and their families are now being enriched by this innovative, successful model of pleasurable food education.
Ange’s previous experience includes a career in regional management in the financial sector, instrumental management and leadership roles in the community sector, and ownership of a small business during her family years.
She has played a vital role in building the Government, corporate and community relationships that have fostered the rapid growth of the Kitchen Garden Foundation. The Foundation’s work is supported by all levels of government, including Health and Education Departments, and is referenced by health prevention bodies as a key contributor to promoting healthy behaviours in children and addressing the current childhood obesity crisis. The Kitchen Garden Program model attracts international interest from many other agencies, and Ange continues to mentor many organisations looking to the Foundation as a leader in food education for children. The Program is currently being replicated by Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project, which is bringing a similar model to hundreds of schools across the UK.