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
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
Brian Croser began as a winemaker with Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1969.
In the early 70s Brian attained a Masters from The University of California at Davis and went on to establish the Wine Science program at Charles Sturt University.
By 1976 Brian had established Petaluma and in 1978 gave it a home in the Piccadilly Valley; and in 1986 established Argyle winery in Oregon (US).
Brian served as Chairman of the Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney wine shows and twice as President of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia. For his service to Australian wine he was awarded an Order of Australia, the Maurice O’Shea award and was the Decanter Man of the Year in 2004.
Brian was Deputy Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2007 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his service, having also received the same honour from Charles Sturt University.
Brian still lives at the Tiers Vineyard in Piccadilly Valley and is the winemaker for Tapanappa and Tunkalilla Vineyard in Oregon.
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
David brings a wealth of global wine and business experience to Wine Australia, having lived and worked in 8 countries across 4 continents over the past 30 years.
David’s career has seen him take on leadership roles at organisations including Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) and Brown-Forman, where he oversaw large-scale business restructuring for sustainable growth, organisational culture change, the building of market share, and the identification of new and emerging markets.
From 2009–2013, David was head of the wine business now known as TWE, overseeing the de-merger of the business 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
An investment banker who has worked for some of the world’s biggest financial institutions, 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 (Barossa Valley), the Clare Valley Wine Company (Clare Valley), Naswauk Wines (McLaren Vale), and Yarra Yering and Warramate (Yarra Valley).
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 lastly 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
Mary Retallack is a third-generation viticulturist, who over the past two decades has worked in a wide range of practical, extension and consultancy roles in the wine sector both in Australia and overseas.
Mary has tertiary qualifications in conservation and park management, natural resource management, education, arbitration and viticulture.
Mary is currently Managing Director of Retallack Viticulture, which offers a broad range of viticultural consulting services throughout Australia.
Her many professional accomplishments include graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma course, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a Future Leaders gradate, a past Director of WCA, a past Non-Executive Director of the GWRDC, a past member of the South Australian Wine Industry Council and a past founding member of the WGGA – Decision Support Network.
Mary is a current a member of the Adelaide University Wine Alumni Steering Group, an editorial panel member of The Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker Journal, and advisory board member of the ‘Women of the Vine’ Global Symposium.
She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide studying the use of native insectary plants to boost beneficial arthropod populations in vineyards. Mary 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
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, prior to Accolade Wines 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
Kim Williams has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chair of the Copyright Agency (current), Chief Executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia.
Kim has also held numerous Board positions (and Chairmanships) in commercial and public life over more than three decades including as foundation Chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation; Chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Viva Australia; chair of several media entities; and most recently as the Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 until 2013.
He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. In October 2009, he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally.
Kim is the chairman of Vidcorp, the State Library of NSW Foundation and Cranlana. He is also 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.