BOARD of DIRECTORS
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia's Board is comprised of highly experienced individuals who share a passion for Australia's food and wine offering and for the role experiences can play in people's lives.
Director & Chair - Nick Baker
A business leader with almost two decades experience in the tourism industry, Nick Baker specialises in marketing and digital strategy for both long-term growth and meeting immediate business goals. His current role as CEO of Outdoria and Go See Australia, combined with previous roles as CEO at Red Balloom and CMO at Tourism Australia bring a wealth of valuable tourism experience to the Board. During his time at Tourism Australia, Nick and his team were responsible for three of the company’s most successful global campaigns and one of the world’s most effective social media marketing campaigns. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Voyages Hotels and Resorts as Executive General Manager Sales and Marketing. He has worked across the world in operations, sales and marketing, contributing to global campaigns in B2C and B2B.
Director & Executive Officer - Kate Shilling
Kate Shilling joined Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia (UWEA) as the Executive Officer in August 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of management of UWEA including stakeholder and business management; sales and marketing; and product development, acting as a conduit between the wine industry and the travel trade. Kate’s career spans more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles at retail, wholesale and online travel organisations including roles at Flight Centre in Australia and the USA, Myriad Marketing, Tourism NT, Territory Discoveries, NRMA Travel, Qantas Holidays, Helloworld and Australian Traveller Media. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Women on Boards and was a Director then Chair of e-commerce not-for-profit Good 360 Australia for four years.
Director - Jo Adamo
Jo Adamo is currently the Brand Homes & Education Director for Pernod Ricard Winemakers based in South Australia, overseeing four key brand precincts in Australia (Jacob’s Creek & St Hugo) and New Zealand (Brancott Estate & Church Road). She contributes to the Pernod Ricard Global Brand Home community in delivering world class brand experiences for consumers and enhancing brand reputation. Prior to returning to Australia at the start of 2018, Jo spent four years in New York as Vice President, Marketing leading the Wine & Champagne division for Pernod Ricard USA. She has also held the role of Global Marketing Director, Australian Wines shaping and delivering brand and portfolio strategies across some 70 international markets including Australia, China, US and UK. Jo has spent a number of years in Sydney and London in various marketing and commercial roles with Pernod Ricard, including General Manager, Marketing & Trade Development and Regional Manager for the UK and Europe.
Director - Jessica Carpenter
Graduating with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney, Jessica began her 15 year career in investment banking, specialising in credit and market risk management in financial and equities markets at Westpac and ABN Amro Bank. After starting a family in 2009, she took the opportunity to enter the growing family business and now oversees all financial and operational aspects of the Agnew Wines business and the associated commercial and tourism operations. Jessica is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Director - Matthew Cameron-Smith
With over 28 years of experience within the tourism industry, Matthew Cameron-Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in July2020. Prior to this Matthew worked for 7 years at The Travel Corporation. As Managing Director he was instrumental in the implementation of strategic vision, values and corporate objectives, while providing leadership and direction across multiple brands including AAT Kings, Trafalgar and Costsaver Australia. Matthew has previously held positions with Tourism Australia as General Manager - Trade Marketing and Director of Distribution and Partnership Development for UK/Europe. Prior to that, Matthew spent seven years with Rydges Hotel and Resorts as the Director of Business Development UK/Europe and Middle East and head of global leisure sales.
Director - Fraser Mackenzie
Fraser Mackenzie has spent 17 years across Oceania, North America and the Middle East telling the stories of wineries, their homes, and their people. His management roles have encompassed all commercial aspects of the wine industry from vineyard to bottle to market with a particular passion for the intersection of hospitality, oenotourism, and direct-to-consumer marketing and sales. At home in Victoria, he is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Montalto, an iconic Red Hill winery, hospitality and tourism business that specialises in Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
Director - Danielle Gibson
Senior Marketing Manager at MONA for the past five years, Danielle is responsible for marketing, strategic planning and corporate communications for MONA's commercial businesses - Moorilla and Domaine A wineries, The Source, Faro, Wine Bar, Dubsy's Burgers, functions, events, accommodation and Moo Brew brewery. Danielle has worked closely with the digital team to establish and grow Moorilla and Domaine A’s online eCommerce presence and wine club subscription platform, increasing online turnover twenty-fold in the past two years. Danielle’s background includes co-founder and Accounts Director of Melbourne digital agency, Flint Interactive, where she worked with clients such as the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival and, coincidentally, Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia and Great Walks of Australia.
Director - Amanda Behre
Amanda is an experienced executive marketing and commercial partnerships leader with almost 20 years’ experience specialising in travel and tourism, ecommerce and digital marketplaces. Amanda holds a decade of international experience leading marketing and product development in North America for Stella Travel Services, including Qantas Vacations, with previous roles including marketing and partnerships leader at Wotif, lastminute.com.au and Qantas Holidays in Sydney. For the past three years, Amanda was CMO of Gumtree, managing consumer and B2B marketing, communications, growth marketing, CRM, marketing automation and technology, managing a database of over 7 million consumers. She has led teams spanning Australia, Europe and North America. Amanda is a seasoned speaker, panellist and judge across marketing, tourism and customer experience publications including B&T and Mumbrella.