The New South Wales Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) has welcomed Angus
Barnes as Acting Executive Officer following the announcement of Stuart
McGrath-Kerr held the role of Executive Officer for the past 20 years,
overseeing great change and growth in the state's wine industry. His
contributions included the creation of the NSW Wine brand and raising its
profile through work with the NSW Wine Awards along with Sydney Cellar
McGrath-Kerr will retire from his role on 30 April 2017 and has given the
Association his best wishes.
"I would like to acknowledge the great contribution made to the
Association by many who served on the Committee including past presidents
Chris Barnes AM, David Lowe and more recently Tom Ward, and I thank them
all for their support. I wish the Association every success in its future
endeavours," said McGrath-Kerr.
Tom Ward, President of the NSWWIA thanked McGrath-Kerr for his service to
the NSW wine industry.
"Stuart has been a focal point for NSW wine and has played a vastly
important role in making sure that the interests of NSW wine are fostered
both locally and nationally," said Ward.
"I would particularly like to thank Stuart, and his wife Noni, for the
role they have played in making the NSW Wine Awards an important and
successful part of the NSW wine calendar. I wish Stuart and Noni all the
best for the future and hope that they continue to drink the great wines
of NSW once they move to Tasmania."
Barnes' temporary role as Acting Executive Officer for NSWWIA will see
him step down from his current role as Vice President in charge of
Government Relations. Barnes is also the current National Chair of the
Wine Communicators of Australia. Barnes brings to the role a long career
in the wine industry, spanning back to his childhood in the Hunter Valley
vineyards. Most recently, Barnes held senior global roles with Pernod
As Acting Executive Officer, Barnes' key focuses will be the launch and
implementation of NSW Government and industry joint strategy 2028; an
independent review of NSWWIA; and the agreement and implementation of the
federal government's Export and Regional Support Package.
Barnes will transition into his new role this month, effective from 1
Angus Barnes is also WCA's Chairman of the Board. WCA are delighted
for Angus and wish him every success in his new role.