Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Update from the Chair - Damien Sheehan

This month we welcome to the Board four new members who bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise across the areas of government relations and politics, tourism, industry communications, winemaking and viticulture.

On behalf of the Board and our members I would like to welcome Angie Bradbury, The Hon. Patrick McNamara, Dr Richard McIntyre and Roger Sharp.

Angie Bradbury is the founder and managing director of Dig and Fish. She is a well respected leader in marketing and communications strategies for the food, drinks and leisure industries. Angie currently chairs Wine Communicators of Australia, and is a member of the Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council.

The Hon. Patrick McNamara has a strong background in state politics having been a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2000. Patrick was the leader of the National Party in Victoria and was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999. He held several ministerial positions including Minister for Agriculture and Resources and Minister for Tourism. Patrick and his wife now own a walnut orchard and small vineyard in Nagambie. 

Dr Richard McIntyre is the co-owner and winemaker at Moorooduc Estate on the Mornington Peninsula. A trained surgeon, Richard started his career in medicine, but on return to Australia in the 1980's turned his hand to winemaking. Richard is one of the pioneers of wild yeast fermentation style winemaking in Australia, and was a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards in 2008. 

Roger Sharp is the Director of Group Corporate Affairs for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE). Roger is a communications specialist with broad experience across media relations, corporate social responsibility and government relations. Prior to working for TWE, Roger held senior corporate affairs positions at both Bupa and Cadbury. In addition to his corporate experience, Roger has worked as a senior political advisor within the British Government. In addition to his role at TWE, Roger also sits on the Board of Directors for Wine Communicators of Australia. 

Over the coming months we will interview each new member in more detail, this month we talk to Angie Bradbury. To read more about Angie please click here.

On behalf of Wine Victoria I welcome our new Board members and look forward to working with them through what will be a busy half of 2014 in the lead up to the State election.