Wine Tasmania Board
Wine Tasmania is overseen by a seven-member Board of Directors consisting of four industry directors and three independent directors (i.e. not from member businesses). The independent directors are Martin Rees (Chair), Nick Haddow and Rob Remnant. The four member directors are Neville Bagot (Barringwood Vineyard), Samantha Connew (Stargazer Wines), Tim Lyne (Spring Vale Vineyard) and David Milne (Josef Chromy Wines).
Martin Rees, Chair / Independent Director
Martin was a Partner of KPMG in Tasmania from 1989 to 2015, including Managing Partner of the Launceston office. In July 2016, he retired as Partner and moved to a part time consultancy role while furthering his career as a Board advisor and director.
Nick Haddow, Independent Director
Nick is widely regarded as one of the best cheesemakers in Australia. Originally from Adelaide, Nick has worked throughout Australia, the UK and Europe with some of the world’s leading cheesemakers since the early 1990s.
Rob Remnant, Independent Director
Rob Remnant has extensive experience in marketing luxury wines and spirits throughout Asia Pacific. This includes as Managing Director of the PIPER-HEIDSIECK and Charles HEIDSIECK champagne houses; he is believed to be the only Australian to have managed not one, but two ‘Grandes Maisons de Champagne’.
Neville Bagot, Member Director
Neville is co-owner of Barringwood Vineyard, with vineyards in the north and on the east coast of Tasmania. He is also a management consultant, having started his career at Arthur Andersen and having his own firm for the past 10 years.
Sammantha Connew, Member Director
A highly experienced and respected winemaker, Samantha Connew launched her first solo project Stargazer in Tasmania in 2013. Before that she was working in applied research, development and extension for the Australian Wine Research Institute.
Tim Lyne, Member Director
Tim Lyne is a 5th generation family member at Spring Vale Vineyards on Tasmania’s east coast and grew up working in the vines and broader farming property.