Australian Vignerons is delighted to announce the election of the inaugural independent board for the national advocacy body.  The board election was part of a suite of reforms that received unanimous endorsement from members at a special general meeting in September last year, and follows on from the changes to membership, adoption of the new Constitution and a renewed focus of Australian Vignerons.  

Joanna Andrew, Independent Chair of Australian Vignerons said: “The new board comprises individuals who have a wide array of skills from across the wine sector, including grape growing, viticulture, winemaking, wine marketing, research and development, biosecurity knowledge, and general wine business.  This reflects the whole of industry focus of Australian Vignerons in working toward an improvement in profitability for its members, and the whole sector.”

The newly – elected board members include Mardi Longbottom, Ben Rose, Colin Bell and Brett Proud, who served on the interim board.  New members include Jonathan Lord, Anna Hooper, Simon West and Vince O’Brien.  Joanna Andrew continues in her role as Independent Chair.

The new board will be starting work immediately across numerous issues such as the implementation of the recently announced Export and Regional Wine Support Package, Research and Development priorities, commercial trading, raising awareness of biosecurity issues and committing to better collaboration and alignment between existing industry bodies. 

Andrew Weeks, CEO of Australian Vignerons said “This wonderfully positive move follows a concerning time for the national advocacy body and, while there is more to do to in order to secure the long term future for AV, there are capable and committed people working for the benefit of those who grow and make wine.”

For Questions, Please Contact Andrew Weeks, CEO of Australian Vignerons on 0403 520 242.