Tom Ward - President
Tom is the winemaker/manager of Swinging Bridge Wines in Orange. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Sydney University), Grad Dip in Wine Business (University of Adelaide) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Oneology, C.S.U). He has been the NSWWIA President since 2013, having previously been Vice President in charge of R&D and promotions. Tom is a very active member of the wine industry, having been on the board of Wine GrapeGrowers Australia, the board of National Wine Grapegrowing Industry Centre (NWGIC) and organising committee of the 15th AWITC conference. He is currently a member of the Small Winemakers Committee for Winemakers Federation of Australia and is on the executive committee for Orange Regional Vignerons Association (ORVA).
Angus Barnes - Executive Officer (and Public Officer)
Angus has been involved in the NSW wine industry for many years, coming on the NSWWIA board in 2012. He took up the role as Executive Officer in April 2017. Angus is an experienced senior executive with expertise in marketing, sales and financial management both in Australia and Europe. He had nearly 15 years with Pernod Ricard Winemakers across a wide variety of strategy, sales and marketing roles, most recently as the Global Brand Communications and Heritage Director and he has been responsible for global strategy, local market execution and brand homes during his career. He has been involved in many industry associations and was a graduate of the first induction of the ‘Future Leaders’ program in 2006 which is run by Wine Australia. Angus also currently serves as the Chair of the Wine Communicators of Australia.
Mark Bourne - Treasurer
Mark is the owner of Cuttaway Hill Wines and is currently the longest serving wine producer in the Southern Highlands wine region with over 22 years’ experience in the wine industry including as a grape grower, viticultural consultant, winemaker and brand manager. He was the founding president of The Southern Highlands Vignerons Association and is currently the outgoing President of the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association after 5 years’ service. He is also a Board of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) based at Charles Sturt University. His commitment to the Southern Highlands and the NSW wine industry is stronger than ever, and he is a passionate advocate and frequent representative for both at regional, state and national levels.
Liz Riley - Vice President ~ Research Development and Extension
Liz has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine) and is also an Australian Nuffield Farming Scholar. She commenced viticultural consulting (Vitbit Pty Ltd) in 2000, after 8 years of working in the wine industry on a local, interstate and international basis, and in 2011 she was voted the Hunter Valley Wine Industry's Viticulturist of the Year and more recently the 2017 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year. An active member of the wine industry, Liz is currently an Associate Member & Viticulture Sub-committee member of the Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association and a member of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology. Liz remains as a special qualifications Director on the board of the Australian Wine Research Institute, a role she commenced in December 2011. She is also currently the Chair of the R&D committee.
Manda Duffy - Vice President ~ Promotions
Manda has over 20 years’ experience in Sales Management in Cellar Door Operations, working with both small and large teams across sales and marketing, training and development, staff selection, continuity wine club development and implementation whilst dedicated to regional wine tourism. She currently heads up the Direct to Consumer Division for Australian Vintage Ltd covering Cellar Doors, Clubs and Continuity Programs, Emerging Channels, Duty Free, Online Sales, Telesales and Webstores.
Byron Hodkinson - Vice President ~ Government Relations and Licensing
Byron is a legal, public policy and corporate affairs professional employed by Pernod Ricard Winemakers as Public Affairs Manager since December 2018. He has broad experience across the private and public sectors. Commencing his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a tax lawyer, he later went on to advise senior government ministers in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments; firstly as a tax and legal policy adviser to the Victorian Treasurer and later as senior Adviser to the Federal Treasurer on tax and superannuation policy. He returned to the private sector as a consultant to PwC on government engagement, tax and economic policy issues.
Andrew Calabria - Riverina Region
Andrew followed in his father’s footsteps and was granted early acceptance at the Charles Sturt University Oenology course (Wine Science degree) and joined the family business as an assistant winemaker, soaking up the knowledge and experience of two senior team members. Today Andrew spends up to four months of the year traveling the world, spreading the word about the Calabria family wine portfolio. “The best part about my job is that wine is universal and I have the opportunity to see the reaction of the consumer when they try my families wine. This is the best marketing research that money cannot buy!” In 2017 Andrew became President of the Riverina Winemakers Association.
Stewart Ewan OAM - Hunter Region
Stewart planted his first vineyard in Pokolbin in 1995 and now is an active vineyard owner in Broke. Stewart has had an extensive career for over 50 years in the Property Industry being the Chairman of the NSW Property Council, a Director of the Australian Property Council and a member of the NSW Heritage Council. He is also a Director or Chairman of a number of private and public companies including Byvan Management, NavyB & ADCO Constructions, Dexus, Capitaland [Singapore], Enacon, Abbey Group and Deutsche Property. Stewart has been an adviser to the NSW Dept being UrbanGrowth and represented the Hunter Valley on the NSW Government on the Coal CSG Planning Committee.
Patrick Auld - Central Ranges Zone
Patrick Auld started his wine career in the Hunter Valley in 1973. By 1996 he had secured the position of Manager / Senior Winemaker of the Southcorp interests. This included serving 14 years on the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association (HVVA), with two years as President, during which he oversaw the amalgamation of the HVVA and Wine Hunter Marketing to become the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association. He was inducted as a Hunter Valley Legend in 2012. Patrick is currently working for the Robert Oatley Wines and is based in Mudgee NSW.
John Leyshon - Other Regions NSW/ACT
For the last 16 years, John has been the owner and winemaker at Mallaluka Wines. He is also the President of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association. He has previously been a member of the Tourism Industry Advisory Council and the also the Tourism Leaders Forum run by the Canberra Business Chamber. John has travelled to many of the premium wine regions in Australia, France and Italy, and has a keen appreciation of the value of the wine industry to regional Australia. John also currently works as an Associate Dean in the faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra.
Bruno Brombal – Wine Grapes Marketing Board
Bruno has been grape growing for over 50 years in the NSW Riverina and owns and operates 200 hectares of vineyards across 3 properties. He is also the Chair of the NSW Agricultural Industry Services Committee the Wine Grapes Marketing Board, a position he has held for the past 21 years. He has undertaken many representative roles in the past as Chair of Wine Grape Growers Australia, a foundation member of Winegrape Growers Council of Australia and most recently he sits as a director on the newly formed Inland Wine Regions Alliance (IWRA) which represents the majority of independent grape growers in Australia. Bruno is currently a director of the MIA Vine Improvement Society and held the position of Deputy Chair for over 20 years.
Cameron Crowley - Corporate Member
Cameron has gained 25 years’ experience in the liquor industry with Australian Asia Pacific and Global leadership roles. With a focus on strategy, brands marketing and innovation he has worked successfully across the Beer, Wine and Spirits category. With Taylors Wines as Chief Marketing Officer he was instrumental in the introduction of the optimum drinking temperature program and was recognized as the Leader of Australia’s Best Marketing team by both B&T and the Australian marketing institute. He is currently CEO of Cumulus Wines.
Andrew McLean – Corporate Member
Andrew is currently a Projects and Development Manager at Casella Family Brands in Griffith. He has previously worked with Treasury Wine Estates and McWilliams Wines working in vineyard management and technical support in the Riverina, Mudgee, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. Andrew has a Master of Oenology and Viticulture (CSU) and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (University of Adelaide), and he currently also sits on the NWGIC Board.
John Cassegrain - Corporate Member
John has clocked up over 40 years’ experience in the wine industry since graduating in oenology at Roseworthy in 1978. He worked with Murray Tyrrell and experienced vintages in Burgundy and Bordeaux. John is Chief Winemaker and owner of Cassegrain Wines in Port Macquarie, established 1980. John’s French ancestry has influenced his wine making throughout his career, though the focus has been to do this with modern techniques using multi-regional grapes grown across NSW. John is also passionate about supporting all things local and served on the Port Macquarie Hastings tourism board and the Port Macquarie Hastings Council tourism taskforce for several years during a period which resulted in greatly increased tourism into the region and the establishment of ongoing markets and regular events.