Australia’s first lady of artisan cheese, Kris Lloyd has been announced as one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence for 2015.

Recognised in the Business Enterprise category for her contribution to artisan cheese making, Lloyd said that he was thrilled to be included with “such an outstanding group of Australian women.”

“Across Australia women are a significant, if not dominant, part of the Australian Artisan Specialty Cheese Industry,” says Lloyd. “Collectively we are integral to the industry from production to plate, even in the media, and in just a few decades have succeeded in making Australian cheeses a must on any cheese plate. I would like to think this is an award for us all.”

Now in its fourth year, the Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are 10 categories in total including: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Culture and Social Enterprise, with winners selected by a panel of esteemed judges.

“Women have countless opportunities to be a driving force for change in Australia and shape our nation’s future through their respective fields,” said Ainslie van Onselen, director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion at Westpac.

“Kris Lloyd is a shining example for how women can be truly influential in their career and have a profound impact on long term outcomes. She joins an illustrious group of Australian women as part of the Women of Influence alumni, which continues to grow each year with diverse and exceptional talent.”

Fellow cheese maker, Sandra McCuaig, founder of NSW’s Bodalla Dairy and Cheese Factory, was also awarded a place on the list under the Local/ Regional category.

Click here to read the full list.

Hospitality caught up with Lloyd eariler in the year to chat about her unlikely transition from the world of marketing to cheese making. Click here to read the full article


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