Five new directors appointed to Wine Australia board

The five new directors to the Wine Australia board bring a variety of skills including experience in fisheries, livestock and viticulture.

The board will lead the industry with investments in research and development including a $50 million export and regional wine support package.

The new directors were appointed by the Australian minister for agriculture and water resources David Littleproud in late-September.

“The new directors have invaluable experience which will make sure our world class wine industry is a world leader,” said Littleproud.

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The new directors and re-appointments are:

  • Dr Michele Allan, chair of Meat and Livestock Australia and Apple and Pear Australia, non-executive director of Grain Growers and Innovation and Science Australia and chancellor at Charles Sturt University
  • Catherine Cooper, deputy chair of Australian Fisheries Management Authority, deputy chair of the Australian Egg Corporation and director of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr Brian Croser, a winemaker and director of Tapanappa Wines has been reappointed
  • Professor Peter Hoj, vice-chancellor and president of the University of Queensland
  • Cath Oates, owne and operator of Oates Ends and Cath Oates Wine Consulting
  • Mary Retallack, the managing director of Retallack Viticulture has been reappointed
  • Mitchell Taylor, managing director and winemaker at Taylors Wines

Littleproud said the directors will be working hard to increase returns to Australian wine producers by growing local and overseas markets and upholding the industry’s reputation.

The Australian wine industry has set itself an ambitious target to boost wine exports to $3.5 billion and attract 40,000 extra international tourists to our wine regions over three years, he said.

“I’m confident this new board has what it takes to achieve the industry’s goals and will use the research funds available to do the job,” said Littleproud.

The $50m export and regional wine support package comprises four programs which are focused on international marketing campaigns, wine export grants, capability development workshops, state-based and competitive grants, and development of a brand strategy for the cider industry.