Dr Michele Allan has been appointed as the new chair of  Wine Australia for three years.

Federal Minister David Littleproud said Dr Allan’s appointment would provide certainty for the corporation, notably to support Wine Australia and industry through the challenges experienced during 2020. “Dr Allan brings a wide range of skills and experiences which will ensure our world-renowned wine industry remains globally competitive and productive,” he said. “She has a strong understanding of agribusiness, public policy and regulation within food and agriculture industries, R&D portfolio structure and management, enterprise risk management, and science and innovation.”

Dr Allan was previously a director of Wine Australia and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. She has held many chair positions including with Meat & Livestock Australia and the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce and currently with Apple and Pear Australia Limited and the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre.

In an increasingly competitive marketplace with changing conditions, the industry realises it needs to be nimble to seize opportunities such as those that’ll emerge post-COVID-19. Dr Allan will oversee a growing demand for Australian wine overseas and promote it internationally as some of the safest, most sustainable and quality wine.

“She will also help to implement the Australian wine industry’s Vision 2050, which aims to guide the sector’s focus and growth over the next three decades. I have every confidence that Dr Allan will provide the strong leadership needed to ensure research funding is directed towards priorities that directly benefit the industry,” Mr Littleproud said.

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