Margaret River Wine Association has announced the appointment of Barry House as their independent Chairperson, effective immediately.
In a statement released this week, the Association said the board believed the addition of Mr House would increase its effectiveness.
“Barry House is a highly experienced local who represented the Margaret River region in the West Australian parliament for 30 years,” the statement read.
“He has a great knowledge and passion for the South West and is looking forward to working closely with the Margaret River wine community.
“The Board feel Barry’s connection to the region and proven ability to work collaboratively will stand MRWA in an excellent position to improve the effectiveness of the board, increase stakeholder and member engagement and position Margaret River wine as one of the world’s most compelling regional fine wine experiences.”
Co-chair Cath Oates said the move to an independent chairperson was a positive move.
“For some time I have advocated a change from a reliance on a volunteer President to utilising the services of an experienced, independent Chairperson.
“This change will ensure the Margaret River Wine Association maintains integrity and relevance to all members and there is appropriate governance commensurate with the increased financial requirements and resulting expectations.”
Mr House will join the Board and will Co-Chair until the Annual General Meeting on October 11, 2017, when his role will be formalised.
Ms Oates plans to continue as a Board member working on strategically important projects, including the 50th anniversary events and regional sustainability.
Nominations for the MRWA Board are open now until September 22, 2017.