ASVO Board Directors
The Executive Board sets the strategic direction for ASVO, approves the annual budget, and acts on matters of policy to advance Society objectives as specified by the Bylaws. The Executive Board is the managing body of the Society.
The Executive Board includes five general Directors and four regional Directors.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (viticulture), Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Viticulture
Brooke is the Viticulturist/Technical Manager for Yalumba Family Winemaker’s company owned vineyards, where she has worked since December 2010. Brooke studied Viticulture at the University of Adelaide and also completed her Honours prior to commencing at Yalumba. Based in the Barossa Valley, Brooke oversees trial work and technical management of 800Ha of vineyards in both warm and cool climate South Australia at both a premium and commercial level. Brooke has presented trial work at grower seminars and AWITC workshops both at a company and regional level in order to encourage growers to adopt viticultural best practice.
Dr Anthony RobinsonNon-executive Director
Vice President 2019, 2020
President 2017 - 2019
Term: May 2014, re-elected Nov 2017, 2019
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD, MAICD
|Dr Anthony Robinson is the Chief Operating Officer for Nikola Estate in Western Australia. He has worked in a range of roles across the wine industry over the last 18 years from retail to research to viticultural management and winemaking. As a winemaker, he has produced wines for innovative and award winning brands, while as a researcher, he has published a number of peer reviewed papers on wine chemistry and sensory science. Anthony has organised and presented at technical conferences in Germany, France, USA and Australia. He has also been actively involved with Australian wine industry bodies, such as WFA, ASVO, and AWITC, and is an advocate for independent wine benchmarking through the show system.|
Kristy BartropNon-Executive Regional Director - New South Wales & ACT Treasurer 2015-16, 2018 - current
Term: Elected 2012 re-elected 2014, 2016, 2018
Qualifications: BAppSc (Food Science), MMgt, M(Ethics & Legal Studies)
|Kristy is the Viticulture Technical Manager at Casella Management, overseeing the company owned vineyards in NSW since 2016. Casella Management operates over 2,300Ha of vineyard in the Riverina. Prior to this role, Kristy was the Industry Development Officer at the Wine Grapes Marketing Board for 8 years. The Wine Grapes Marketing Board is a statutory authority that represents over 400 independent Riverina wine grape growers.Previously she has worked as a Research Assistant at CSIRO Land & Water, and as Food and Wine Industry Teacher at the Riverina TAFE Wine and Food Technology Centre. Kristy is currently undertaking a third Masters degree by Distance Education in Viticulture and Oenology from Charles Sturt University. Kristy was also a participant in the 2012 Wine Industry Future Leaders program. Kristy is passionate about the future of the Australian wine industry and believes the ASVO’s provision of the latest research findings and technical information is invaluable for the industries viticultural and wine making professionals.|
Dr Eveline BartowskyNon-executive Director
Public Officer & Secretary 2019
Term: elected 2019
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) majoring in Microbiology; PhD
Dr Eveline Bartowsky is Applied Microbiologist at Lallemand Australia since 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience in wine microbiology. Previously, Eveline was Senior Research Microbiologist at the AWRI leading the wine bacterial research team with research interests focused on managing wine bacteria to optimise the MLF process and to fully utilise all the bacteria’s sensory influencing capabilities during the winemaking process, and was Manager of the AWRI Wine Microorganism Culture Collection. Eveline lectures at the University of Adelaide, and at the Institute of Masters of Wine. In her current role she provides technical microbiological and fermentation support to the wine industry.
Andy ClarkeNon-executive Regional Director -Victoria
Term: elected 2018
Qualifications: B. Ag. Science (viticulture), Nuffield Scholar 2015
Mr Andy Clarke is the CEO of GAIA Innovations, based out of Bendigo Victoria. Prior to this Andy was the Chief Viticulturist for Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, part of the Rathbone Wine Group, and was the 2015 Nuffield Scholar, sponsored by Wine Australia. Experience within a significant number of wine regions across Australia in both a vineyard management and hands on and fruit sourcing capacity. Previous roles in the industry have included, Grower Services manager for Normans Wines in McLaren Vale and the Riverland, Vineyard manager in Mclaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Barossa for Nepenthe Wines, Technical agronomist for De Bortoli Wines in the Yarra Valley along with several winery vintages in WA and Victoria. I am passionate about the future of the wine industry and the capabilities of its people. The Society’s ability to provide sound scientific evidence with practical outcomes is critical to the long term sustainability of our industry. This enables the up skilling and retention of our present and future workforce, and this is a platform I wish to contribute to.
Richard FennessyNon-executive Regional Director - Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland & ACT
Term: elected 2018
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (viticulture and oenology)
Richard is a grape and wine Research Officer with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development based in Bunbury WA. Prior to joining the department in November 2008, Richard has worked in wineries in Margaret River, Mildura, Griffith, Marlborough (New Zealand), Napa Valley (America), Burgundy (France) and Ontario (Canada). Richard’s current role involves applied research with a current focus on alternative varieties and clonal performance. Richard is widely recognised as an effective communicator, regularly producing technical publications, industry workshops and newsletters of state and national significance.
Associate Professor Paul GrbinNon-executive Regional Director - South Australia
Term: elected 2016, re-elected 2018
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Wine, PhD
Paul is Associate Professor of Oenology and has been involved in the Australian wine industry for more than 25 years, in retail, production, teaching and research roles. He is a qualified winemaker and completed a PhD while working at the Australian Wine Research Institute. Paul’s teaching comprises aspects of wine microbiology, packaging and quality management, and fermentation technology. His research interests largely focus on wine microbiology, including the physiology of wine yeast and lactic acid bacteria as well as the importance of sustainable practices for the control of grapevine diseases, and the efficient and effective biological treatment of winery wastewater. Paul also established the University of Adelaide’s Wine Alumni Network.
Qualifications: Master of Professional Studies - (Emerging Varieties), Adjunct Professor USQ – Agriculture, Computational Sciences and Environmental Studies. Churchill Fellow 2012.
Mike has been involved in the Australian Wine Industry since 1979, Mike has experience in areas of the industry from education, viticulture, research and winemaking. 3rd Generation from Ballandean Mikes philosophy on wine is quite simple, experiment, research and grow or succumb to the inevitable. Over 25 years’ experience in Emerging varieties he travelled to Europe in 2013 covering 50 regions and 650 varieties for climate change choices. A passionate and proud Queenslander, he was awarded the ASVO Winemaker of the Year in 2017. Mike was also awarded the Samuel Basset Award in 2014 and the USQ Professional Alumnus of the Year, 2017. Mike believes ASVO is an outstanding organisation that will continue to grow in membership whilst delivering and assisting the industry in future development.
Dr Mardi Longbottom
Qualifications: BAgSci (VitSci), MVit, PhD
Dr Mardi Longbottom is a Senior Viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) where she has worked since 2011. For the past ten years, Mardi has focussed on research and extension of wine industry sustainability projects including the management of corporate water assets, climate risk analyses and benchmarking greenhouse gas emissions from vineyards. In her current role Mardi manages the Australian wine industry’s sustainability program, ‘Entwine Australia’ and provides technical support to Australia’s wine grape growers through the AWRI roadshow program and helpdesk.
Qualifications: B.Ed. (Hons)
Chris has been part of the ASVO team since 2011. A genuine, personable, professional with a passion for the Society and a steadfast commitment to build on the society's strong foundations.