Our Board

The Board is established and governed under the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013. It has a Chair and between five and seven directors. The current Chair has been appointed for a two-year term that ends 30 June 2017. The current Board has been appointed for a three-year term that ends 1 October 2018.

Our Board comprises eight non-executive members appointed by the Minister.

Mr Brian Walsh (South Australia) – Chair
Mr Brian Walsh (South Australia) – Chair

Brian boasts a 24-year career at Yalumba, spanning roles of Chief Winemaker, Director of Production and Director of Strategy and Business Development, as well as 20 years working in winemaking and management positions in McLaren Vale.

Brian has previously held roles including President of the South Australian Wine Industry Association, Chair of the South Australian Wine Tourism Advisory Board, Chair of Barossa Winemakers Committee, Chair of the Wine Innovation Cluster, and is currently Independent Chair of Riverland Wine. Brian has been a strong supporter of the Australian wine show system and has been both Chairman of Judges at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Chair of its Wine Committee.

Brian lives in the Barossa and now works as a wine sector consultant.

Mr Brian Croser AO (South Australia) – Deputy Chair
Mr Brian Croser AO (South Australia) – Deputy Chair

Brian Croser began as a winemaker with Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1969.

He attained a Masters from The University of California at Davis and established the Wine Science program at Charles Sturt University.

By 1976 Brian had established Petaluma and in 1986 established Argyle winery in Oregon (US).

Brian served as Chair of the Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney wine shows and twice as Winemakers' Federation of Australia President. For his service to Australian wine he was awarded an Order of Australia, the Maurice O’Shea award and was Decanter Man of the Year in 2004.

Brian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Adelaide and from Charles Sturt University.

Brian is the winemaker for Tapanappa and Tunkalilla Vineyard in Oregon.

Ms Eliza Brown (Victoria) – Director
Ms Eliza Brown (Victoria) – Director

Eliza Brown is from a fourth-generation wine family from Victoria, Australia.

She studied advertising/business at RMIT University and earned a role as Account Manager at the international advertising firm J. Walter Thompson.

After her years at the firm, Eliza decided to move to All Saints Estate & St Leonards Vineyard in Wahgunyah to join her father's business.

Currently Eliza is the CEO/Director of All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyards, located in Wahgunyah, and a director of Brown Brothers wines. Eliza currently serves on the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council.

Eliza believes strong leadership is essential within the wine sector; she completed the Future Leaders wine program in 2007 and for three years was Chair of Winemakers of Rutherglen.

Mr David Dearie (Victoria) – Director
Mr David Dearie (Victoria) – Director

David has held senior leadership roles at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) and Brown-Forman, where he oversaw large-scale business restructuring for sustainable growth, organisational culture change, market share building, and identification of new and emerging markets.

From 2009–2013, David was head of the wine business now known as TWE, overseeing the de-merger from Fosters Group Limited and the listing of TWE on the stock exchange in 2011.

Prior to this, David spent more than a decade at Brown-Forman holding a number of roles including Managing Director of Brown-Forman Beverages for Western Europe and Africa, and President and COO of Brown-Forman Wine Group.

Currently, David is Managing Director of Eastwind Consulting, providing strategic, brand and financial advice for clients in the wine and spirits sector.

Mr Edouard Peter (South Australia) – Director
Mr Edouard Peter (South Australia) – Director

An investment banker, Ed is the cornerstone investor, majority shareholder and founder of Dural Wines with approximately 350 acres under vine.

Dural is a controlling shareholder of Kaesler Wines, the Clare Valley Wine Company, Naswauk Wines, Yarra Yering and Warramate.

Ed is Chairman of Duxton Capital, which he founded in 2009 and grew from $310 million in assets to $870 million today, with investments in more than 20 agricultural products.

In 2014, Ed created Duxton Capital Australia and today Duxton has nine projects in Australia across cattle, dairy, fruit, grain and cotton, and wine, where Duxton Vineyards produces approximately 4.5 per cent of Australia's wine grapes.

Ed is also an investor in the South Australian hospitality sector with interests in the Crafers Pub and 2KW in Adelaide.

Ms Mary Retallack (South Australia) – Director
Ms Mary Retallack (South Australia) – Director

Mary Retallack is Managing Director of consulting service Retallack Viticulture and has more than 20 years’ experience in the global wine sector.

Mary is an Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma graduate, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a Future Leaders graduate. She has previously served on the boards of WCA, GWRDC, SAWIA and was a founding member of the WGGA – Decision Support Network.

Mary is on the Adelaide University Wine Alumni Steering Group, the Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker Journal editorial panel, and the ‘Women of the Vine’ Global Symposium advisory board.

Mary was inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2017, she was the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation ‘Rural Woman of the Year’ in 2012 and a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2014.

Mr Keith Todd (South Australia) – Director
Mr Keith Todd (South Australia) – Director

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Keith has extensive global experience in food, beverage and agricultural processing, most recently in his role as General Manager of Global Operations at Accolade Wines, a position he’s held since November 2013. Keith is responsible for overseeing all of Accolade’s wine sourcing, wine production and wine packaging activities in Australia, the UK, North America, South Africa and New Zealand.

A qualified mechanical engineer, Keith spent 12 years at Graincorp Malt, 5 of those in the position of Director of Operations and Engineering where he was responsible for the production and operations of Graincorp Malt’s North American facilities.

Keith brings in-depth knowledge of business strategy planning and implementation from the perspective of Australian wine and grape operations and supply chain economics.

Mr Kim Williams AM (New South Wales) – Director
Mr Kim Williams AM (New South Wales) – Director

Kim Williams has held numerous Chair and Board positions and is currently Chair of the Copyright Agency, Vidcorp, the State Library of NSW Foundation and Cranlana. He is a current board member of Thomson Reuters Original Share Company, Myer Family Investments, Executive Channel Inc., the University of Western Sydney Foundation, Australian Schools Plus and the Myer Foundation. He is also a commissioner of the Australian Football League.

Kim’s has served as Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia.

He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 and was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University in 2009 for his contribution and services to the arts.