AWRI Board

Left to right: Dan Johnson (Board member until January 2020), Marcus Woods, Kiaran Kirk, Toby Bekkers, Liz Riley, John Harvey (Board member until December 2019), Louisa Rose (chair), Mark Watson, Wendy Cameron, Iain Jones
Absent: Mark Krstic, Trish Giannini

Louisa Rose

BSc, BAppSc(Oen), GAICD
Chair. Chief Winemaker, The Yalumba Wine Company. Member South Australian Agribusiness Council. Previous positions: director Barossa Grape and Wine Association, director Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc., Chairman Wine Barossa. National wine show judge since 1997 and 28 years’ industry experience. Board member since 2011.

Toby Bekkers

BAppSc(Ag)(Hons), Grad. Cert. (Mgt)
Viticulturist, consultant and wine business manager with over 20 years of relevant experience. Toby’s consultancy provides viticulture and wine business advice across Australia. He and his wife own and operate Bekkers Wine and vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Toby participated in the Australian wine industry Future Leaders program in 2009. Toby has served on many industry committees including two terms on the Board (one as Deputy Chair) of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association. Board member since 2014.

Wendy Cameron

BAppSc (Biochemistry and Microbiology), MSc, BAppSc (Wine Science), Grad. Dip. (Educ.), Grad. Cert. (Bus.)
Experienced winemaker, wine show judge and wine business manager. Wendy worked for Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards for 17 years, initially as a winemaker and for 10 years as Head of Winemaking. Prior to this Wendy managed her own small family winery business in Victoria. Currently Wendy continues as a winemaking consultant to Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyards. Wendy was the inaugural winner of the ASVO Winemaker of the Year Award in 2012 and a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year competition in 2015. Board member since 2018.

Trish Giannini

BEc, GradDipAcc, ICAA
Associate Director and CFO Advisor, Chapman Capital Partners. Trish is an experienced consultant, CFO and Chartered Accountant. She has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, advisory, agriculture, technology and mining, with a background in a Big Four accounting firm. Trish is involved in advising clients across all sectors, capital raising, business consulting, CFO advisory and buy/sell transactions. Board member since 2020.

Iain Jones

BSc, MSc
Global Director – Technical Services, Treasury Wine Estates. Iain spent his early career working with winemaking and operational teams to improve wine quality and operational efficiencies. In the last 12 years, he has worked in senior management roles, providing leadership across areas including: Laboratories, Quality Assurance, Environmental Management, Research and Development, Health and Safety, Engineering and Lean Business Improvement. Board member since 2018.

Kiaran Kirk

BSc (Hons), PhD, DPhil
Dean of the College of Science at the Australian National University (ANU); Chair of the Board, Clonakilla Wines (est. 1971). Previous positions: Director, ANU Research School of Biology (2009-2014); Head, ANU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1996-2009); Research Fellow, University of Oxford (1989-1996). Kiaran has published over 150 research papers in the field of biochemistry and has over twenty years’ experience in the Australian research sector. Board member since 2017.

Mark Krstic

BAgSci (Hons), PhD, MBA
Managing Director, The Australian Wine Research Institute, Chair of The Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc., Professional Member of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology, member of Hort Innovation’s Table Grape Strategic Investment Advisory Panel, member of the National Viticulture Biosecurity Committee, Associate Editor of Wine & Viticulture Journal, Committee Member of the Wine Innovation Cluster Leadership Group and the Waite Strategic Leadership Group, Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Graduate of the Australian Wine Industry Future Leaders Program. Mark has been instrumental in driving various initiatives in the Australian grape and wine research and development community over the last 8 years. Board member since 2020.

Liz Riley

BAppSc (Wine)
Owner and operator of Vitibit Pty Ltd. Independent Expert for the Wine Industry Code of Conduct – Wine Australia, Professional Member of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology, Associate Member and member of the Viticulture Sub-committee of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association and Associate Member of the NSW Farmers Association. Liz was awarded the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association’s 2011 Viticulturist of the Year and was the recipient of the Australian Nuffield Farming Scholarship for Women (sponsored by Lady Southey) in 1997. Over 20 years’ experience in the Australian wine industry. Board member since 2012.

Mark Watson

Director, SRG Partners. Previously held senior finance and strategic management positions at Radiology SA, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd, Water Utilities Australia, KPMG,  Wirra Wirra Vineyards, FH Faulding & Co Ltd and at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Current directorships: President, Starlight Children’s Foundation SA Advisory Board, Chairman, Beach Burrito Company Pty Ltd, along with various other private company directorships. A Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years finance and management experience in Australia and United Kingdom. Board member since 2008.

Marcus Woods

BAppSc (Viticulture), MBA
Wine Supply Director at Pernod Ricard Winemakers with over 18 years’ viticultural and operational management experience. Marcus has worked across Australia managing vineyards, wineries and distilleries for a number of employers including Hardy’s, Accolade Wines and the Bickford’s Group. Marcus has taught Winery Business Management at the University of Adelaide and has  been a committee member of the Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association. Board member since 2018.