Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan, has welcomed four new members to the Wine Victoria Board.
The Hon. Patrick McNamara, Dr Richard McIntyre, Ms Angie Bradbury and Mr Roger Sharp will join the Board effective immediately.
Mr Sheehan said the Victorian wine industry was fortunate to be guided by such highly regarded professionals.
"Our new members are well respected experts in their respective fields and bring to the Board a wealth of experience and expertise across the areas of government relations and politics, tourism, industry communications, winemaking and viticulture."
The Hon Patrick McNamara was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1982 to 2000, and Deputy Premier from 1992 to 1999. Since leaving politics Mr McNamara has held a number of key positions including Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and Trustee of the MCG Trust.
Dr Richard McIntyre is the co-owner and winemaker at Moorooduc Estate on the Mornington Peninsula. A trained surgeon, Mr McIntyre started his career in medicine, but on return to Australia in the 1980's turned his hand to winemaking. Mr McIntyre is one of the pioneers of the wild yeast fermentation style of winemaking in Australia and was a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Awards in 2008.
Ms Angie Bradbury is the founder of Dig + Fish and a well-respected industry leader in marketing and communications strategies for the food, drinks and leisure industries. Ms Bradbury currently chairs Wine Communicators of Australia, and is a member of the Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council.
Roger Sharp is the Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Treasury Wine Estates and is a communications and public affairs specialist with broad experience across media relations, corporate social responsibility and government relations. Mr Sharp also sits on the Board of Directors for Wine Communicators of Australia.
Mr Sheehan said that the new members join an already impressive group of people on the Wine Victoria Board, including Dr John Stocker, Mr James Omond, Mr Ross Wilson and Mr Ross Brown.
"We are very excited to move into the second half of 2014, and what promises to be a busy six months for Wine Victoria.
"Ensuring that we can assist the wine industry to turn the tide on our profitability issues will be our key focus.
"As the state moves closer to the election, the new Board will be focused on ensuring our future political leaders are well briefed on the issues of trade and export, regional tourism, and wine and health.