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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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Executive Directors


   

the drinks association Board Structure

   

Ralph Dunning - Chairman

Ralph Dunning

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 Chairman of the Board. 




Shane Richardson - Deputy Chair

Shane Richardson

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

Mark Churi


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

Tim Gilberd

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 teams.


Neil Grant - Executive Director

Neil Grant

Commenced : 31 March 2008
Company : Treasury Wine Estates
Company Title : National Trade Relations Manager

Neil Grant is currently the National Trade Relations Manager at Treasury Wine Estates. His industry experience extends over three decades, including roles with Southcorp Wines as Sales Director until 2003, Carlton and United Breweries - General Manager Sales and Marketing until 2009, before being responsible for the strategy and development of National Trade Associations within the Fosters Group. He joined Treasury Wine Estates after the de-merger in 2011 and is now contracted with Treasury Wines Estates  in a National Trade Relations and Sponsorship role. Neil has extensive trade experience in sales and marketing; his background includes a wealth of experience across all liquor categories, and his focus on team improvement towards sustainable growth has delivered continued success within the dynamic beverage industry. 


Michael Ritoli - Executive Director

Michael Ritoli

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 since 2012.



Directors

Warwick Brook

Warwick Brook

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.


Denis Brown

Denis Brown

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.


Shane Bulluss

Shane Bulluss

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 Estates.


Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke
Andrew Clarke

Commenced: 14 February 2017
Company: Diageo
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.

 


Paul Esposito

Paul Esposito

Commenced : 3 April 2017
Company : Independent Liquor Group Co-operative Limited 
Company Title : Chief Executive Officer

Paul has been involved in the Liquor and FMCG Industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining ILG as Chief Executive Officer, Paul spent 14 years with Coopers Premium Beverages, where he held two key positions; NSW/ACT State Manager in 2003 and National Sales Manager in 2005. 


Cameron Ferguson

Cameron Ferguson

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.


Peter Filipovic

Peter Filipovic

Commenced : 2 October 2012
Company : Carlton & United Breweries
Company Title : Sales Director

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. 


Deborah Grace

Deborah Grace


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 company.


Jenny Hughes

Jenny Hughes

Commenced:  July 2016
Company : NILWA
Company Title : General Manager

Jenny has over 30 years experience in on-premise liquor wholesaling and extensive national association expertise gained through strong business relationships.  She has qualifications in business, commerce, marketing and IT systems and recently completing WSET Level 2.  Jenny was promoted to General Manager of NILWA in July 2016. 


Bradley Knox

Bradley Knox

Commenced: 23 May 2017
Company: island2island Beverage Company
Company Title: National Sales Manager

Brad joined the island2island Beverage Company in 2015, and currently holds the role of National Sales Manager. Brad has over 20 years’ experience in the liquor industry, having previously worked as Sales Director for Bacardi Lion.


Brad Madigan

Brad Madigan


Commenced : 10 March 2016
Company : Campari Australia Pty Ltd 
Company Title : Sales Director

In 2014, Brad took on the role of Sales Director, Campari Asia Pacific, having previously held executive positions within the company. Brad’s wealth of experience also includes time as the National Account Manager at Diageo.


Jeff McKenzie

Jeff McKenzie


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 – Woolworths Group.


Alastair Miller

Alastair Miller


Commenced : 29 October 2015 
Company : Accolade Wines 
Company Title : Commercial Finance Director - APAC

In 2015, Alastair joined Accolade Wines as Commercial Finance Director, APAC having gained much experience from his time at Coca-Cola Amatil in various roles.


David Moore

David Moore


Commenced : 21 July 2015 
Company : Spirits Platform 
Company Title : Director - Finance, IT and Operations

David's industry experience extends over almost two decades, and includes roles in Lion Nathan Beer, Lion Nathan Wine and Suntory Australia. He has also worked for Westpac and Allianz Insurance. David has managed multiple large IT systems and business process implementations, including whilst as a consultant to retailer Harvey Norman.


Cam Pearce

Cam Pearce

Commenced : 5 June 2014 
Company : Coopers Brewery 
Company Title : National Marketing Director

Having spent over nine years at Meals on Wheels (SA) as CEO, Cam Pearce joined Coopers as Director, Business Development in 2010 and in 2012 moved into his current position of National Marketing Director.


Michelle Pelizzari

Michelle Pelizzari

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.

 


Michelle Phipps

Michelle Phipps

Commenced: 12th November 2014
Company: Brown-Forman
Company Title: HR Director ANZSEA/North Asia

Having worked in Blue Chip companies within retail and manufacturing for over 20 years, Michelle moved to Brown-Forman as HR Director ANZ/SEA and North Asia in 2014.


Ashley Powell

Ashley Powell

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.


David Segreto

David Segreto

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 executive roles.


Cameron Simpson

Cameron Simpson

Commenced : 13 March 2014 
Company : Beam Suntory
Company Title : Chief Operating Officer of Oceania 

In 2014, Cameron was appointed Chief Operating Officer-Oceania. Prior to joining Beam Suntory, Cameron was senior sales director at PepsiCo’s Australian snack Division, Smith’s Snackfood Company.


Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

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.


Mitchell Taylor

Mitchell Taylor

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.


Events

Network Breakfast - Jane Caro - "Diversity in Action", Jane is an author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social ... more

HRD Forum, the drinks association HRD Forum meets 3 times a year and aims to: provide information, education and ... more

Supply Chain Logistics Forum, The Supply Chain & Logistics Forum meets on an ad hoc basis 2-3 times per annum ... more

Credit Forum - to be held at Moet Hennessy, Mascot, The Credit Managers' Forum is provided to member companies ... more