2022 Recipients

WIA congratulates the Australian Wool Industry Medal 2022 recipients.



Ms Judy Turk        Wool Metrology

Judy’s professional career was as Laboratory Technician and Manager working for Michell Wool for 42 years but her ongoing contribution to industry through the various FAWO/WIA/IWTO Technical Committees and Standards Australia extended well beyond 2004.

Judy’s expertise and input is highly sought after particularly her consideration of how complex technical innovations may impact the commercial sector. 

Judy’s commercial perspective is valued by all wool processors globally and not just her employer. 

In addition, Judy gave lectures in relevant wool courses at tertiary level at UNE, delivered training across Australia and developed learning resources for tertiary-level wool courses.




Mr Barry White          International Trade Relations

Barry forged an extensive career representing and promoting Australian wool interests internationally.

Barry was General Manager of International Market Development of AWC/AWRAP for 20 years forging close ties with customers and notably emerging markets, including China.

Barry was instrumental in China’s decision to join IWTO, was a Board Member of Australia China Chamber of Commerce, past President of Australia China Business Council (Victoria Branch) and successfully established the China-Australia-New Zealand Wool Contract, based on the IWTO Blue Book, the foundation for today’s Green Book. 

Barry, further became the CEO of the International Fibre Centre (2004-2010).





Mr. Adrian Hooke      Administrative Support Services

Adrian has had a long and distinguished career in the wool industry since 1972, the past 18 years as AWH Wool Exchange Administrator – Southern Region.

Adrian joined Dalgety as a member of their IT team and later joined Port Philip Wool Trading, prior to commencing with AWH.

Adrian managed AWH’s WoolEx systems which facilitates nearly 50% of all wool traded in Australia.

Adrian is a trusted and conscientious source of services, respected by both buyers and sellers for the contribution he has made, particularly during the recent COVID years.





Mr Allan Casey          Genetic Research and Extension (was not able to attend)

Allan is well-known and respected advisor to the sheep industry particularly for his involvement and leadership in researching and implementing advancements in Merino genetics.

Allan was a member of the NSW DPI (Merino Breeding Group), and foundation member of Advanced Breeding Services.

He provided valued and sought after advice to projects including Merino Lifetime Productivity Project, Rampower and SheepCRC.

Allan was also lead author of the published Merino Bloodline Performance (1982) and Merino Superior Sires (1994).

Allan’s skill is to take genetic research and implement it on-farm in a practical way.