The board of MEL consists of four directors.  Each of the directors have significant experience in viticulture and wine industries. 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRUCE SPANGLER
FCA, FAICD
Independent Chairman

Bruce Spangler, a director appointed in February 2010, is a chartered accountant who has recently moved from the role of senior partner and chair of a significant chartered accounting firm to undertaking non executive directorship roles.  He has had experience in chairing local, national and international groups and has spent 35 years providing financial and commercial advice to and working with a large number of SMEs in many industries.  He has also been the audit partner on many significant clients as well as undertaking many intra-office reviews. He has a wealth of experience in the rural sector as well as the sporting and community areas.

He was appointed Chairman of the board in 2017.

GRAHAME TONKIN
Assoc Dip Account, FCPA, FICS, FAICD
Non-executive and Independent Director

Grahame Tonkin has been a director since May 2007. His experience includes his roles as Managing Director of The Australian Dairy Corporation / Austdairy Pty Ltd, Managing Director of Inchcape Liquor Marketing, responsible for their wine and spirits distribution operations across the Asia Pacific Region and former non-executive director of Alaska Milk Corporation. Grahame has had extensive experience in the food and wine sector, is an independent wine producer and a non executive director of the Vine Inn Community Hotel Barossa Valley. Grahame is chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance and Compliance Committee.

DIMITRIOS GEORGIADIS 
LLB, Notary Public, FTIA, MAICD,
Non-Independent Director

Dim Georgiadis, is Managing Partner of Georgiadis Lawyers with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of wine, commercial, securities and property law. He has been a member of the Law Society of SA since 1984, and a member of the Commercial Law and Property Law Committees.

He is a director of several wine, property and investment and eight public companies. He has been a member of the board of governors of a private college.  Dim has specific responsibilities of business development. 

He is chairman of the risk management committee and a member of the business development committee.

CHRISTOPHER I DAY
MBA (Int Bus), LL.B, B.Ec, Grad Dip App Fin, Dip Fin.Serv, FAICD, FFin, CPA
Non-Independent Director

Chris Day has been the Chief Executive Officer of FABAL Group since 1982. His responsibilities include strategic management and business planning.  Chris was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Berren Asset Management Limited, manager of the International Wine Investment Fund and also worked for the Hardy Wine Company and Foster’s Wine Estates.

Chris has 23 years’ experience in the wine industry and a further seven years’ experience in the legal, accounting, tax and merchant banking industries.

Chris is the chairman of the business development committee and a member of the audit committee.  He is currently a director of ten public companies.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Management Team, led by Ashley Keegan of FABAL Operations Pty Ltd, has in excess of 50 years’ of combined experience in the management of premium Australian vineyards.  

Ashley, the Chief Viticulturist, David Olssen and Steve Sochacki and their Langhorne Creek team.  They are supported by Chris Dundon, the water specialist for FABAL Operations.

ASHLEY KEEGAN
MBA (Finance), B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Chief Executive Officer

Ashley has been in charge of viticulture and infrastructure management for FABAL Operations since 2003. He previously held the position of Western Australian viticultural manager for FABAL Operations, commencing with the company in April 1999.

Ashley is responsible for the management and development of the FABAL Operations managed viticulture projects. He has more than 18 years of viticultural management experience, and has been directly involved in the development of all the Barossa Valley properties over the past 13 years.

DAVID OLSSEN
B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Group Viticulturalist

David has been a member of the FABAL Operations team since January 2005.

He has experience in warm and cool climate viticulture having previously worked in the Coonawarra for Beringer Blass Wine Estates and prior to that for McGuigan Wines in the Riverland.

He also has a working knowledge of the Clare Valley through his involvement in a local family vineyard development.

David has also spent time in New Zealand in the Marlborough and Gisborne wine regions.

CHRIS DUNDON
BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ag (Vit), Grad Dip Bus Admin
Chief Horticultural Officer

Chris has been a member of the FABAL team since 2002.

Chris has 38 years’ experience in the wine industry throughout Australia and New Zealand, joining FABAL in September 2002.

He previously worked with Beringer BKlass Wine Estates for more than 15 years. He was the National Technical Manager of Netafim Australia (one of the world’s leading irrigation specialists) for two years.

Chris has significant expertise in the management of water licences and rights in South Australia and is the resident expert on water supply issues.

JON BALDWIN
Vineyard Manager - Langhorne Creek

As the Marandoo Vineyard Manager Jon currently manages over 360 hectares of vineyards and oversees 10 technical staff.

Jon Baldwin joined FABAL in 1995 as a vineyard hand at Marandoo Estate, Langhorne Creek. Then in 1997 Jon was given the opportunity to become an Irrigation Coordinator which was a long and successful role. In 2001 he gained promotion to assistant manager which he undertook for eight years. His dedication to FABAL and viticulture knowledge has taken Jon to the role of Manager for Marandoo Estate which took effect mid 2009.

YOUR TEAM

OLD MARANDOO ESTATE & OLD BELVIDERE ESTATE

ASHLEY KEEGAN
MBA (Finance), B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Non-independent Director

Ashley has been in charge of viticulture and infrastructure management for FABAL Operations since 2003. He previously held the position of Western Australian viticultural manager for FABAL Operations, commencing with the company in April 1999.

Ashley is responsible for the management and development of the FABAL Operations managed viticulture projects. He has more than 18 years of viticultural management experience, and has been directly involved in the development of all the Barossa Valley properties over the past 13 years.

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