Meet Australia’s future wine leaders. AGW & Wine Australia’s latest graduates.
The latest cohort of Future Leaders in wine graduated after five months of study.
Fifteen professionals from the vine and wine sector participated in the program which aims to support professional development and expand their networks to ensure that the sector remains informed, educated and skilled from generation to generation.
Future Leaders is coordinated and funded by Wine Australia and supported by Australian Grape & Wine. Launched in 2006, more than 100 professionals have graduated from the program.
The mission of the Future Leaders is to formulate visionary and innovative responses to the challenges of the wine industry.
Future Leaders 2022 graduates Emily Hay, Steve Faulkner and Katherine Herd shared their experiences with the program.
Emily Hay, Marketing and Communications Professional at Barossa Australia, said: “It is difficult to adequately describe the transformative power of the Future Leaders program. No “paint by numbers” here, it’s raw and real, taking you beyond standard rhetoric and tactics to harness leadership in your own way. With the confidence and strength this has unleashed in all of us, we will successfully weather the turbulent times our industry continues to face.
Graduates come from all links in the grape and wine value chain. This year’s 2022 Future Leaders are:
- Aaron Mercer, Mercer Wines (Hunter Valley)
- Amanda Whiteland, Margaret River Wine Association (Margaret River)
- Briony Hoare, Beach Road Wines (McLaren Vale)
- Daniel McDonald, The Cutting & Pernod Ricard Winemakers (Barossa Valley)
- Emily Hay, Barossa Australia (Barossa Valley)
- Ewan Proctor, Vivino (Yarra Valley)
- Jean Macintyre, Winegrowers Pernod Ricard (Adelaide)
- Josh Hixson, Australian Wine Research Institute (Adelaide)
- Kate Sturgess, Brokenwood Wines (Hunter Valley)
- Katherine Herd, Domaine Chandon (Yarra Valley)
- Lauren Hansen, Penley Estate (Coonawarra)
- Mavis Zhang, Wine Network Consultant (Melbourne)
- Richard Burch, Howard Park Wines (Perth)
- Steven Faulkner, Oakridge Wines (Yarra Valley) and
- Zoe Downer, Counter Space (Adelaide).
Managing Director of Wine Australia, Dr Martin Cole, said effective and well-trained leaders are an invaluable asset in all areas of Australia’s grape and wine industry.
“Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia continue to appreciate how the Future Leaders program fosters agile and resilient leadership behaviors. It supports and celebrates the diversity of ideas from emerging leaders in our sector,” said Dr. Cole.
“One of the strengths of our sector is its people, and I am delighted that Future Leaders has nurtured the enthusiasm of this talented group of people who are ready to provide solutions to the challenges facing our community and make a difference. for everyone.
Applications to join the next Future Leaders program will open at the end of January 2023.