The WCA has a chapter in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

Role of State Chapter

Assist and support the National Board and local teams to:

  • Plan for, implement and/or participate in, local events, fundraising development and initiatives supporting the WCA strategy in delivering budgeted revenue
  • Provide WCA with local networks of individuals and organisations to enhance and grow WCA membership base and sphere of influence
  • Support with attendance / speaking at events as a WCA representative / ambassador
  • To advise on opportunities / activities opportunities in the state
  • To provide leadership opportunities for the state chapter members and succession planning for National Board roles

How to get involved

Want to join a WCA Chapter? Please contact us and have a chat.

There are limited seats on each Chapter however we would be very happy to hear from you should you be interested.

State chapters members

New South Wales

  • BRIAN CHASE OLSON – Director, Blend Public Relations (Chair)
  • LACHLAN MACKENZIE – Communications Manager, Accolade Wines (Deputy Chair)
  • KATHERINE CANDY – National Wine Specialist, Pernod Ricard  
  • REBECCA COPE – Digital Marketing Manager, Accolade Wines
  • KASEY CLARK – Founder & Editor, The Hungry Expat
  • SHARYN FOULIS – Trade Activation Planner, Accolade Wines
  • FAYE FU, Wine Merchant, Dan Murphys
  • ROB HIRST – Chairman, Fine Wine Partners 
  • EMILY HOUSE – Wine Marketing Contractor, Hen House Marketing 
  • CHRISTINE RICKETTS – Cellar Director, Endeavour Drinks Group 
  • WILLIAM WILSON – Sommelier and Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager, International Convention Centre Sydney 
South Australia

  • MAURICIO CRUZ – IT Business Analyst, Accolade Wines (Co-Chair)
  • AMY SMEDLEY – Director, S2 Architects (Co-Chair)
  • ALEX BAKER – Cellar Door & Sales Manager, Hugh Hamilton Wines
  • HANNAH BENTLEY – Communications Manager, Wine Australia
  • CAITLIN DAVIES, Senior Adviser Wine, Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA
  • MARCELL KUSTOS – Beverage Director, Wine Educator and Consultant
  • LYNDALL ROWE – Executive Officer, Riverland Wine
  • LIZ SCHOEN – Wine Business Consultant
  • PATRICIA WILLIAMSON – Senior Scientist, Australian Wine Research Institute

  • ANNIE CLEMENGER – Client Services Director, Wine Forrest Marketing Group (Co-Chair)
  • KRISTY FARRELL – Brand Manager, Pinnacle Drinks (Co-Chair)
  • LUCINDA HOCKEY – Executive Assistant, Treasury Wine Estates
  • COLLEEN HAGGARTY – Wine Merchant, Dan Murphys
  • LUCIE APERLOO – Inside Sales Executive, Treasury Wine Estates
  • AMY VAN BEKKUM – Global PR & Communications Manager, Brown Family Wine Group