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.
General Director - President
Term: Elected 2017, re-elected 2019, 2021
Qualifications: BSc (Viticulture) (Hons), MBA
Other appointments: Non-executive Director and Secretary AWITC Inc, Chair Barossa Viticulture Technical Group, Program Coordinator Barossa Future Leaders Program, Member of industry reference group for Barossa Terroir, Judge South Australia Pruning Championships
Brooke is the Barossa/Eden Valley Vineyards Manager and Viticulturist for Yalumba Family Winemaker’s company owned vineyards, where she has worked since December 2010. Brooke studied Viticulture at the University of Adelaide and 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 to encourage growers to adopt viticultural best practice.
Regional Director -Victoria
Qualifications: B. Ag. Science (viticulture), Nuffield Scholar 2015
Mr Andy Clarke is a viticultural advisor, based out of Bendigo Victoria, with 20 years’ experience in vineyard production and development across Victoria and South Australia. He has previously run an AgTech startup and has vast experience in the wine biosecurity space, including roles on the VVBC and Vinehealth board. In 2015 Andy was the Wine Australia Nuffield Scholar and in 2019 completed the Future Leaders Program.
Regional Director - New South Wales & ACT - Treasurer
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (viticulture and Oenology), Future Leaders graduate (2019), AWAC graduate (2019)
Other Appointments: Orange Regional Vignerons Association Secretary (2020), Chair of Orange Wine Show Committee (2019-current)
Nadja completed her Bachelor of Winemaking and Viticulture through Charles Sturt University in 2010 then spent three years overseas working as a winemaker in California, South Africa, and Bordeaux. In 2014 she returned to Australia to work at Philip Shaw Wines in Orange where she was winemaking for 7 years. Nadja is now involved full time with her own brand ChaLou wines.
Dr Eveline Bartowsky
General Director - Secretary & Public Officer
Qualifications: BSc (Hons) majoring in Microbiology; PhD
Dr Eveline Bartowsky is R&D Manager at Lallemand Australia and has over 25 years’ experience in wine microbiology. Previously, she led the AWRI the wine bacterial research team, and was Manager of the AWRI Wine Microorganism Culture Collection. Eveline has a PhD in Microbiology and in her current role manages research to industry trials and provides technical microbiological and fermentation solutions to the wine industry. Throughout her career Eveline has been active in translating research findings to practical applications in winemaking, presenting regularly to the Australian wine community via the AWRI Roadshow program, AWITC workshops and posters, and publishing technical articles offering practical solutions in a range of winemaking contexts. Eveline also lectures at the University of Adelaide.
Dr Katie Dunne
Qualifications: BAppSc (Viticulture), BAppSc (Viticulture) (Honours), PhD
Dr Katie Dunne is a Viticulture Development Officer with the NSW DPI based in the Riverina. She is responsible for delivering extension projects and facilitating research focusing on the Riverina but as well as Greater NSW. Prior to joining the DPI, Katie held technical viticulture and grower services related roles with Treasury Wine Estates and Pernod Ricard Winemakers. She also helped to deliver the Greater Victoria Node program for AWRI during 2017-2018. Her interests include plant pathology focusing on Botrytis cinerea and other grapevine disease that impact fruit quality and vine health, precision viticulture and fruit quality impacts on wine. Katie has presented at workshops and conferences on topics focusing on disease management and general viticulture. She actively facilitates the transfer of research findings to practical adoption for industry as she manages the Riverina Regional Program.
Regional Director - Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland
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.
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.
Regional Director – South Australia
Qualifications: BSc Hons (Viticulture and Oenology) PhD
|Dr Alana Seabrook is the Australian Technical manager for Laffort Oenologie where she has worked since 2017. Alana has completed vintages around the world and spent over 18 years working in a range of roles in the wine industry from retail to research, molecular diagnostics and wine production. In her current role she supports a national sales team and works with wineries around Australia to optimise their processes as well the application of novel and existing research into production. Alana graduated in Winemaking from the University of Verona, completed a PhD in Oenology and all subjects towards an MBA at the University of Adelaide.|
Dr Vanessa Stockdale
Qualifications: BAgSci (VitSci), MVit, PhD
Dr Vanessa Stockdale has a demonstrated history of implementing technical improvments in the wine industry. Her responsibilities have been that of a wine practitioner centred on process improvements, product development, new innovation, and wine sensory. Previously she has worked for Carlton United Breweries, E & J Gallo Winery and Treasury Wine Estates. A strong cross-functional collaborator her career has included bringing teams together to build a strong and actionable understanding of how winemaking efficiencies and wine quality can be improved. Currently she is the Technical Improvement Specialist at Accolade Wines.
Qualifications: B.Ed. (Hons)
Chris Waters has been involved with the ASVO since 2011. Chris puts into action strategies that support and enhance the ASVO operations. Chris overseas all aspects of the ASVO, promoting our mission and objectives, maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, achieving organisational goals, and maintaining sound financial practices.