the drinks association Board
the drinks association board is made up of 27 engaged and pro-active Directors. Each Board Member completes a comprehensive induction programme. the drinks association Board recently transitioned from an operational board to a strategic board, leading the association into the future.
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To view the constitution please click the link below:
Ralph Dunning - Chair
Commenced : 28 November 1996
Title : Independent Director
Ralph Dunning has spent more than thirty-five years working in the Australian wine industry representing wineries from across Australia and across the globe. He is a widely respected top-level wine executive who, for more than 27 years, at different times, headed both the Sales and Marketing divisions of the Yalumba Wine Company. He has been the Treasurer of the Wine Communicators of Australia, a consultant to the wine industry in general, founding partner of Byron & Harold Wines as well as currently serving as the Executive Officer of Australia’s First Families of Wine – a cohort of 12 of Australia’s most successful and respected family wine businesses. Ralph is passionate about wine and the liquor industry at large and for twenty-two years has been an active and enthusiastic board member of the drinks association of Australia – serving for the last fourteen years as Chair of the Board.
Shane Richardson - Deputy Chair
Commenced : 30 March 2011
Company : Coca-Cola Amatil
Company Title : Managing Director, Alcohol and Coffee
Prior to joining Coca-Cola Amatil as Managing Director, Alcohol and Coffee, Shane was the Managing Director of Campari Australia. He has also held a number of senior management roles within the Fosters business.
Mark Churi - Executive Director
Commenced : 20 May 2013
Company : Casella Family Brands
Company Title : National Sales Manager
As the National Sales Manager at Casella Wines, Mark brings many years of experience working in sales positions within the Australian wine industry at companies including Cheviot Bridge Wine Group, Tucker Seabrook Australia and Mildara Blass Wines.
Tim Gilberd - Treasurer
Commenced : 28 November 2013
Company : Lion Beer Australia
Company Title : Sales Strategy & Services Director
As the Sales Strategy & Services Director, Tim is responsible for
sales strategy function across the Lion beer and cider business, as well as
the national contact centre and customer support and national operations
Michael Ritoli - Executive Director
Commenced : 18 April 2012
Company : Asahi Premium Beverages Pty Ltd
Company Title : General Manager Sales
Michael has spent many years in the industry at CUB and CCA. Michael is
General Manager Sales at Asahi Premium Beverages and has been in this role
Commenced : 01 February 2018
Company : Independent Liquor Group Co-operative Limited (ILG)
Company Title : CFO
Karen joined ILG in 2010, and during this time has held various positions before moving into her current role as CFO. Karen is a highly-accomplished professional with over 17 years' experience in accounting. She has extensive experience working for listed companies across different industries which include Hair, Beauty, Baby Accessories, Retail Hangers, FMCG and now Liquor.
Commenced : 4 May 2016
Company : De Bortoli Wines
Company Title : NSW/ACT State Manager
Warwick Brook has
worked for De Bortoli Wines for over 20 years, holding various positions during
his tenure. His dedication to the business has seen Warwick help shape a family
business into one of Australia's leading wine companies. Along the journey he has been responsible for Key Accounts, National Key
Accounts and the Major Chains. He presently holds the position of NSW/ ACT
State Manager, which he has done since 2002.
Commenced : 8 February 2016
Company : Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards Pty Ltd
Company Title : General Manager, National Sales
At Brown Brothers, Shane holds the position of
General Manager, National Sales. Shane has extensive experience in the
industry, having worked at Diageo, Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine
Commenced : 16 July 2014
Company : Bacardi-Martini Australia Pty Ltd
Company Title : Managing Director
Denis Brown is the Managing Director of Bacardi-Martini, having
previously held the position of Managing Director at Bacardi Lion. Denis spent
many years at Diageo in a variety of executive positions.
Commenced : February 2018
Company : Proximo Australia
Company Title : Managing Director
Joining Proximo Australia as Managing Director in 2017, Justin has extensive experience within the liquor industry having held various positions within Diageo Australia, including Head of Endeavour Drinks Group and Head of Planning & Execution.
Commenced: 14 February 2017
Company Title: Commercial Director
Andrew joined Diageo Australia as Commercial Director in February 2017 and has over 28 years’ experience in FMCG; gained in a variety of food and drink categories across multiple markets. Andrew was most recently with Ingham’s Enterprises, Australia’s leading Poultry company, where he acted as CEO. Andrew is an experienced leader who delivers results. He loves brands, people and customers and has a down to earth and warm style that builds powerful relationships and drives collaboration.
Commenced : 14 August 2013
Company : Australian Vintage Ltd
Company Title : General Manager - Australasia/North America
With over 25 years experience in blue chip FMCG roles, including
Director of Sales at Arnott’s Biscuits and National Category Marketing Manager
of Coca-Cola Amatil, Cameron joined Australian Vintage in 2006 as the General
Manager - Australasia/North America.
Commenced : 2 October 2012
Company : Carlton & United Breweries
Company Title : Business Unit President - Australia
Peter Filipovic was appointed to Sales Director in August 2012. Prior to
this he has held various roles within CUB, the most recent being Sales Director
On Premise. He has held the position of Commercial Finance Director
at CUB, and the General Manager of Taxation. He has been an employee with CUB for over 16 years.
Commenced : 4 January 2016
Company : William Grant & Sons Australia Pty Ltd
Company Title : Head of Finance & Operations
During her time at William Grant & Sons, Deborah has been responsible
for the financial planning and reporting function for the commercial arm of
William Grant & Sons based in London. She ensures the delivery of a robust
and relevant financial control framework across all areas of the international region, including subsidiaries, joint ventures and third party operations,
making sure they deliver accurate, timely, complete and consistent financial,
management and decision support information. Since joining the Australian team, Deborah has
been responsible for the overhaul and implementation of the Australian
financial systems, ensuring they meet the same high quality processes of the parent
Commenced : 16 February 2016
Company : Pernod Ricard Australia
Company Title : Sales Director
In 2016, Jeff took on the role of Sales Director at Pernod Ricard
Australia, having previously held the position of National Business Manager –
In 2015, Alastair joined Accolade Wines as Commercial Finance Director,
APAC having gained much experience from his time at Coca-Cola Amatil in various
Commenced : 29 October 2015
Company : Accolade Wines
Company Title : Commercial Finance Director - APAC
Commenced : January 2018
Company : Treasury Wine Estate
Company Title : Director - Independents and Field Sales
Sarah Parkes has over 20 years’ experience across both, the liquor and grocery industries, covering a wide range of roles from front line selling, sales capability, account management and more recently leading large sales teams. Sarah currently heads up the Independent Channel and Field teams at Treasury Wine Estates, focused on bringing customer plans to life in store. Sarah joined TWE in late 2017, after 8 years at PepsiCo as Sales Director Impulse and 9 years at Diageo across both the UK and Australian business. Originally from New Zealand, Sarah has worked across Japan, UK and now Australia.
Commenced : 5 June 2014
Company : Coopers Brewery
Company Title : National Sales and Marketing Director
Cam Pearce has been on the Coopers Board since 2002.
He started his career in Shell Australia in sales and marketing roles in Adelaide, Melbourne and Port Moresby PNG.
He was also CEO at Meals on Wheels (SA) Inc. for ten years.
Commenced : 10 May 2017
Company : Lion Beer Australia
Company Title : Customer Director CLG
Michelle has extensive liquor industry experience, having held various leadership positions in Account Management and Field Sales during her 12 years at Lion. Prior to this, Michelle spent 13 years working across the retail, sales and marketing divisions of Coles Liquor. Known as a natural go-to person, Michelle has an impressive ability to build outstanding business relationships and is highly respected by industry peers and team members alike.
Commenced : 6 June 2016
Company : Moet Hennessy Australia
Company Title : Marketing & Business Development Director
Since 2009, Ashley has been a part of Moet Hennessy Australia as
Business Manager Moet Hennessy Australia and General Manager Moet Hennessy New
Zealand. In 2015, Ashley assumed his current role within Moet Hennessy
Australia as Marketing & Business Development Director.
Company : 100Proof
Company Title : Director
Commenced : 9 June 2012
Company : McWilliam's Wines
Company Title : Director of Sales
At McWilliam’s Wines, David is the Director of Sales. David has had much
experience working in the beverage industry, having worked at Diageo in various
Commenced : 30 April 2015
Company : The Yalumba Wine Company
Company Title : Executive Marketing Director
Matthew is the Executive Marketing Director at The Yalumba Wine Company.
Matthew has extensive senior blue chip multi-national global experience in the
areas of Customer & Brand Marketing by living and working in five different
countries across Europe, Latin America and Australia.
Commenced : 30 November 2006
Company : Taylors Wines
Company Title : Managing Director
Mitchell has worked for over 25 years in management in the wine
industry in areas of production, finance, marketing and sales.
Mitchell has worked as the Managing Director at Taylors wines since 2000.
Commenced: 6 July 2018
Company Title: Marketing Director
Darren has over 30 years’ experience both in Australia and overseas across different sectors of the alcohol industry. Within the supplier side Darren has held a multitude of management and leadership roles spanning sales, insights, trade marketing, innovation and marketing. Darren is currently Marketing Director for Australia and New Zealand at Brown-Forman.