SHEAOAK LOG ESTATE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of NVFA3L consists of five directors. Each of the directors have significant experience in viticulture and wine industries. In addition, some of the directors have considerable experience in water management and sourcing.
Non-executive and Independent Chairman
Bruce Spangler, a director appointed in February 2010, is a chartered accountant who has recently moved from the role of senior partner and chair of a significant chartered accounting firm to undertaking non executive directorship roles. He has had experience in chairing local, national and international groups and has spent 35 years providing financial and commercial advice to and working with a large number of SMEs in many industries. He has also been the audit partner on many significant clients as well as undertaking many intra-office reviews. He has a wealth of experience in the rural sector as well as the sporting and community areas.
BA (Acc), Grad Dip (Acc)
Grant has been a director since 2013 when the restructure and consolidation of the NVFA-3 MIS and the company was completed . Grant is the company secretary of Gerard Corporation Pty Ltd. Previously he was Finance Manager and Secretary of Gerard Industries Pty Ltd (now Clipsal Australia Pty Ltd). Grant also had responsibility as part of his role for Tapestry Vineyards at McLaren Vale. Grant has extensive management experience in viticulture, silviculture, water & manufacturing industries. He was a director of Willunga Basin Water Company Limited and has held several directorships for other groups in the past.
BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ag (Vit), Grad Dip Bus Admin
Chief Governance Officer and Secretary
Chris Dundon has been a director since 2012 and was appointed Company Secretary in 2004. Chris has 38 years’ experience in the wine industry throughout Australia and New Zealand, joining FABAL in September 2002. He previously worked with Beringer Blass Wine Estates for more than 15 years. He was the National Technical Manager of Netafim Australia (one of the world’s leading irrigation specialists) for two years.
CHRISTOPHER I DAY
MBA (Int Bus), LL.B, B.Ec, Grad Dip App Fin, Dip Fin.Serv, FAICD, FFin, CPA
Chris Day has been the Chief Executive Officer of FABAL Group since 1982. His responsibilities include strategic management and business planning. Chris was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Berren Asset Management Limited, manager of the International Wine Investment Fund and also worked for the Hardy Wine Company and Foster’s Wine Estates.
Chris has 23 years’ experience in the wine industry and a further seven years’ experience in the legal, accounting, tax and merchant banking industries.
Chris is the chairman of the business development committee and a member of the audit committee. He is currently a director of ten public companies.
LLB, Notary Public, FTIA, MAICD,
Dim Georgiadis, is Managing Partner of Georgiadis Lawyers with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of wine, commercial, securities and property law. He has been a member of the Law Society of SA since 1984, and a member of the Commercial Law and Property Law Committees.
He is a director of several wine, property and investment and eight public companies. He has been a member of the board of governors of a private college. Dim has specific responsibilities of business development.
He is chairman of the risk management committee and a member of the business development committee.
The Management Team, led by Ashley Keegan, CEO of FABAL Operations Pty Ltd, has in excess of 50 years’ of combined experience in the management of premium Australian vineyards. Ashley, David Olssen, the Chief Viticulturist and Brad Currie are your Barossa team. They are supported by Chris Dundon, the water specialist for FABAL Operations and three key employees in the region.
MBA (Finance), B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Chief Executive Officer
Ashley has been in charge of viticulture and infrastructure management for FABAL Operations since 2003.
He previously held the position of Western Australian viticultural manager for FABAL Operations, commencing with the company in April 1999.
Ashley is responsible for the management and development of the FABAL Operations managed viticulture projects.
He has more than 18 years of viticultural management experience, and has been directly involved in the development of all the Barossa Valley properties over the past 13 years.
BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ag (Vit), Grad Dip Bus Admin
Chief Horticultural Officer
Chris has been a member of the FABAL team since 2002.
Chris has 38 years’ experience in the wine industry throughout Australia and New Zealand, joining FABAL in September 2002.
He previously worked with Beringer Blass Wine Estates for more than 15 years. He was the National Technical Manager of Netafim Australia (one of the world’s leading irrigation specialists) for two years.
Chris has significant expertise in the management of water licences and rights in South Australia and is the resident expert on water supply issues.
B App Sc.(Viticulture)
David has been a member of the FABAL Operations team since January 2005.
He has experience in warm and cool climate viticulture having previously worked in the Coonawarra for Beringer Blass Wine Estates and prior to that for McGuigan Wines in the Riverland.
He also has a working knowledge of the Clare Valley through his involvement in a local family vineyard development.
David has also spent time in New Zealand in the Marlborough and Gisborne wine regions.
Vineyard Manager - Barossa Valley
Brad has been responsible for the Sheaoak Log Estate, Moppa Springs Estate and Barossa Rise Estate vineyards for the past 7 years. Brad has worked on these vineyards since 2002 when the developments commenced in the northern Barossa Valley.
He previously held the position of Vineyard Supervisor and Vineyard Hand.
In 2007, Brad also worked a vintage in Sonoma County in California to further his knowledge in the winemaking side of the industry. Brad and his friends are the owners of a boutique super-premium Barossa Valley wine brand that makes him very qualified to understand the requirements of his customers to grow A & B grade wine grapes.
Brad is responsible for the day-to-day management of Sheaoak Log Estate.