Mr Barry Buffier, NSW Department of State and Regional Development
NSW Department of State and Regional Development
The University of New England
Mr Barry Buffier was appointed Director General of the NSW Department of State and Regional Development in January 2008. DSRD is the NSW Government’s key economic and business development agency with responsibility for facilitating business investment; increasing business competitiveness; advocating for business; marketing the strengths of Sydney and New South Wales; and supporting research, development and innovation.
Mr Buffier was previously the Director General of the NSW Department of Primary Industries from 2004 to 2008. He has an extensive track record in both the private and public sectors in primary industries, agribusiness and finance.
Mr Buffier is a Churchill Fellow, a Commissioner with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He began his career with the NSW Department of Agriculture after graduating with a Bachelor of Rural Science (Honours) and a Master of Economics from the University of New England. In 1991 he was appointed Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Agriculture.
In 1993 he took up the position of National Manager, Agribusiness with Westpac Banking Corporation, and, subsequently, was also appointed General Manager of Regional Banking for New South Wales.
Mr Buffier is Chair of the NSW Manufacturing Council and is on the board of Tourism NSW, NSW Industry Capability Network, NSW Wine Industry R&D Advisory Council, Small Business Development Corporation and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research