Former Governor of South Australia Kevin Scarce AC is the inaugural chair of the newly formed Barossa Australia after the merger of Barossa Grape & Wine Association and Tourism Barossa.
“I am delighted to be joining Barossa Australia at such a pivotal time in the region’s growth and development,” Kevin says.
“While the grape, wine and tourism sectors have faced numerous challenges over the last two years, there is also great optimism around the growth potential, particularly as the region moves forward with a collective purpose and intent.
“I have witnessed the considerable momentum that has been generated in the early days of the merger. I look to support and realise the positive synergies across the grape, wine and tourism sectors with the board, management and our customers.
“It will be an exciting journey, and I believe the merger represents more opportunity and more potential for the region in achieving its aspiration as Australia’s global wine, food and tourism region.”
Kevin brings diverse and extensive leadership experience holding senior executive positions during his service in the Royal Australian Navy, in not-for-profit and commercial sectors, and as South Australia’s Governor from 2007 to 2014.
He is deputy chair of Seeley International and was inducted as a Baron of Barossa in 2013.
His current Board positions also include chair of Adelaide Oval, Operation Flinders and Novita and he is a board member of APC Technology.
He also served as Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 2015 to 2020.
Kevin joined the Royal Australian Navy College in 1968. He continued his career with the Navy after graduating, serving in the Vietnam War, and subsequently joined the staff of the Australian Embassy’s Naval Attaché in Washington D.C.
His career saw him rise to the rank of Rear Admiral and ultimately chief executive of the South Australian Government Defence Unit.