Successful Geelong businessman and lifelong Cats supporter and member Barry Fagg will join the Geelong Football Club board as an appointed director.

“Barry has a wonderful track record in both business and community service, and the club is fortunate to have added him to the board,” retiring Geelong president Colin Carter said.

“Barry has been a passionate member and contributor to the club over many years. He will help the club’s board moving forward and has strong ties to local business and community leaders.”

Fagg is thrilled that he will now join the board after having such a strong affinity and passion for the club.

“I have had a great love of the club since I was a child, and to be able to contribute now as a director is gratifying,” Fagg said.

“The club has enjoyed great success on and off the field for a long time, and I know that the directors, management, staff and all associated with our teams are committed to continuing that success.

“I will be looking to bring strong business acumen and deep community roots to the board as we forge ahead.”

Fagg joined the family hardware and timber business, Fagg’s Mitre 10 in 1980. Over the next 32 years, together with brother Keith, they managed and developed the business.  Since 2012, he has continued as Board Chair and the business now comprises four Mitre 10 stores, including Belmont Timber, across the Geelong region employing over 200 people.

The Fagg’s business was established in Geelong in 1854 and is the eighth oldest continuously operating family businesses in Australia. Fagg has previously worked with Rio Tinto and has been a director on Victorian and National Mitre 10 boards, including periods as Chair.

Born in Geelong in the premiership year of 1951, Fagg is also active in the local community, and is currently Treasurer of the Geelong Art Gallery, Campaign Appeal Chair for Anam Cara House Geelong and Treasurer of Geelong College school council. He is a previous President and Campaign Director of Give Where You Live (previously United Way Geelong). He was an inaugural Director of the Geelong Community Foundation and has served as Chair.

Fagg’s contribution to the community has been recognised by the Committee for Geelong, who in 2012 awarded him their annual Leadership Award for outstanding leadership to the Geelong community. He was also awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal for service to the Geelong Community in 2001.

Barry is married to Jan and they have a daughter Anna.