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Female representation growing on new SAWIA Board

Female representation growing on new SAWIA Board

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has achieved its greatest representation of females on its Board in history, with women appointed to six of its 13 Board positions for 2019/20.

The AGM appoints and elects the Board, a unique blend of seven appointed representatives from South Australian regional wine organisations and the election of six member companies from its broad membership

“This year, history has been made for SAWIA with the make up of its 2019/20 Board being seven male and six female members for the first time,” said Brian Smedley, Chief Executive of SAWIA.

“This is an important outcome given male dominated industries have taken time to move actively toward leadership positions for women. By comparison, last year the SAWIA Board was made up of eight males and five females, while a decade ago in 2009, the make up was 11 males and two females.

“SAWIA has made a conscious effort over successive years to encourage nominations that assist in achieving greater diversity in representation. Input from a diverse range of people is very important for successful operations at SAWIA, to the benefit of the South Australia wine industry.”

The 2019 /20 members of SAWIA’s Executive Committee (Board) appointed and elected are:

• Kirsty Balnaves, Balnaves of Coonawarra, Coonawarra Grape and Wine Inc

• Olivia Hoffman-Barry, Jim Barry Wines Pty Ltd, Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association Inc

• Jeremy Blanks, Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd • Nicole Clark, Kimbolton Vineyards Pty Ltd, Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Inc

• Jason Duldig, Accolade Wines

• Anna Fisher, Zonte’s Footstep, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association Inc

• Tom Keelan, The Pawn Wine Co, Adelaide Hills Wine Region Inc

• James March, Heathvale Wines, Barossa Grape & Wine Association Inc

• Ivanka Moularadellis, Kingston Estate Wines, Riverland Wine Industry Development Council

• Sue Rana, Treasury Wine Estates

• Robert Taddeo, Pernod Ricard Winemakers

• Nick Waterman, Yalumba Family Winemakers

• Paul Zerella, Project Wine Pty Ltd

“The 2019/20 SAWIA Board membership provides strong continuity from last year with one change in personnel being Olivia Barry representing the Clare Valley,” Smedley said. “This is in contrast to past years where a regular turnover of two to three members of the Board has occurred.”