Heather Webster from Langhorne Creek is the new chair of the Wine Grape Council of South Australia (WGCSA). WGCSA is the grower-funded organisation that seeks to represent more than 3,000 independent winegrape growers.
Heather has a grass roots appreciation of the dynamic and challenging wine industry as well as bringing extensive executive and director experience from across a number of industries to the role.
Heather says “I have served as Chair of Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine for a number of years and as their representative on the South Australian Council. I am well aware of the challenges and the opportunities facing the industry. In taking on this role, I am committing to add my efforts to the thousands of growers and wine makers who are working hard to achieve a strong and viable industry to benefit their families, their communities and this state,’ she said.
Heather is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and on their South Australian board, has an MBA and has worked in transport, science and as a Board member of a mutual bank for many years.
“I bring broad experience to the Council which will assist us to clearly focus our efforts, cooperate constructively and work efficiently and accountably to deliver benefits to our levy payers.
“I am committed to building partnerships and collaboration to get the best results. It is important that work done at national, state and regional levels is not duplicated, and that the roles and responsibilities at each level are clear. For example, biosecurity affects all vineyards and many others crops. While we can all contribute by good vineyard practices, pest and disease incursions can best be tackled effectively at the national level,” said Heather.
Heather succeeds Simon Berry from the Adelaide Hills who she thanked for providing excellent service to the Council and wine grape growers in South Australia. Simon served as Chair of WGCSA from 2010. Contact Heather Webster 0401 715 895.