Ian Kieran

Educated at The Armidale School in Northern NSW, Ian became a builder in the construction industry, specialising in historic restorations.

Throughout his life, Ian has also been a passionate yachtsman, sailing competitively for more than 40 years. He has represented Australia at the Admiral's, Southern Cross, Dunhill, Clipper, Kenwood and Trans Pacific Cup competitions.

In 1986/ 87 Ian fulfilled a long-held dream by representing Australia in The BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. Ian finished sixth out of a fleet of 25 yachts from 11 nations, setting an Australian record for a solo circumnavigation of the world.

Instigator of the first Clean Up event in 1989 sparked national interest in the simple but effective community-based idea. In 1990, the first Clean Up Australia Day took place on Sunday, January 21. Ian was astounded by the response – more than 300,000 Australians volunteered their time to help make a difference to the health of their local environment.

Since then over 5 million people have volunteered on this annual event. Ian is now the full-time Chairman of Clean Up Australia Limited, a national non-profit organisation that co-ordinates Clean Up Australia Day. The event has now gone international – contact the bureau for more details on Ian’ s achievements.

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