On the topic of Fabulous Women in Wine, Vinehealth Australia announced its new board this week following an independent selection process, with Roseanne Healy elected as chair. Roseanne knew little about grapes or wine, other than the fact that she enjoyed a glass or two, when she was appointed as Independent Chair of the Riverland Wine Grapegrowers’ Association in 2006. That appointment rocked the industry. No one could have anticipated that a young woman from Adelaide, with little knowledge of the industry could take the helm of Australia’s largest wine grower Association. Soon after, the Winemakers of the region invited her to Chair the Wine Industry Development Council also.
Roseanne travelled many thousands of kilometres as she learned about what makes the industry tick. She was appointed as the region’s spokesperson on the State Council and also sat for three years on the national growers’ body. Her experience as a Board Member on a number of State and national Businesses and Associations enabled the Riverland Wine Growers to navigate some of the industry’s most challenging times. She revealed the value of independent thought when grappling with flawed policy and worn out business models. She stood down from the role at the end of 2012 and was soon after appointed to serve her first term on the Board of Vinehealth Australia. She also served on the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation for a number of years and is a former CEO of SA Great
Congratulations Roseanne and congrats also to Ashley Chabrel of Barmera, who has been reappointed for a third term to Vinehealth Australia. One of the key challenges for Roseanne and the new Board will be the oversight of the organisation’s strategic plan, aimed at safeguarding South Australia’s $1.78 billion wine industry well into the future.
Roseanne said, “A strong board and management team with a great diversity of skills and clear vision will ensure that Vinehealth Australia continues and elevates the organisation’s impressive legacy through a national focus on vineyard protection.” She added “We will be working closely with operators, government and the community for the purpose of generating ‘biosecurity buy in’ to protect the long-term future of one of our state’s most important industries.”