Erin Leggat is the new chief executive officer of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association.
She replaces Jennifer Lynch who resigned late last year.
Having spent 10 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, most recently as deputy director of the DFAT South Australia State Office, Erin joins MVGWTA with a background in trade and investment policy, advocacy and commercial diplomacy, including on behalf of the Australian wine industry.
“For the last five years Erin has been closely involved with the wine sector, including during her overseas postings,” MVGWTA chair David Spear says.
“Her most recent role in South Australia enabled her to consult closely with SA government, industry associations and export businesses, conducting outreach and analysis to support informed national trade policy and facilitate new market opportunities.
“I believe Erin will bring significant experience to us in these key areas.
“She will bring a great deal of skill and expertise to the role, including a global perspective to help our members through the current challenges they face.”
Erin has worked in numerous overseas locations, including postings with DFAT in Vietnam and Chile.
She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU) and an Executive Certificate in Event Management from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Erin also speaks 4 languages.
“I am excited to take on the role of CEO of this incredible organisation, representing such a diverse and exciting region,” Erin says.
“I am looking forward to working alongside members, staff and stakeholders to further promote McLaren Vale’s reputation for premium winemaking and excellence in innovation, sustainability and experiential tourism, particularly internationally.
“I am well across the challenges facing the SA wine industry and look forward to working with members to address their specific concerns and advocate for their businesses.”
Erin takes up her role officially on 15 February.
MVGWTA is more than 20 years old, having evolved from the McLaren Vale Winemakers Group that started in the region over 50 years ago.