Brian Smedley, chief executive of the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), has resigned.
“He has submitted his resignation as he transitions towards retirement in mid-2023,” the Board says.
The SAWIA will start recruiting for a replacement shortly and appoint a new boss within three months.
“This will enable a handover period with the outgoing chief executive to ensure a continuation of activity and actions that SAWIA is renowned for,” SAWIA president Kirsty Balnaves says.
“Brian Smedley will leave an unprecedented legacy with the association and the wine industry and has the respect of the SAWIA Board, SAWIA members and wine industry bodies from all sectors – regional, state and federal.”
Brian commenced employment with the association in 1996 as the business services manager and developed SAWIA’s industrial relations and work health and safety services for members.
In 2008 he was appointed chief executive.
“I have very much enjoyed this chapter of my working life with SAWIA,” Brian says.
“It has been challenging and demanding, but overall, it has been most rewarding to represent the wine industry and to actively promote our state’s unique offerings and provide valuable services to members.”