Our Directors

John Love

B. Com (Qld), MBA (AGSM), CPA, FTIA, FCIS, FCSA, FFIN,FAICD, Master of Insurance and Risk Management (Deakin),FAMI, ANZIIF(Fellow), CIP, JP


Member since: 2000

Committee: Audit Risk and Corporate Governance Committee

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

John Love has been very actively involved in The Wine Society since July 2001, and was appointed Chairman in mid-2011 - a position underpinned by his strong working knowledge of co-operatives, and his firm belief, and commitment to, their underlying democratic principles.

John's 45 years' experience in the banking and finance industry, both in Australia and abroad is complemented by his more recent foray into change management consulting, agriculture and product marketing.

John's practical Board experience and corporate governance has been gained through Directorships of both listed and unlisted domestic and international companies, currently including MGIC and MPS.

John's past community involvement has included serving as an Alderman of Sydney City Council, a Director of the Eastern Suburbs Area Health Service and as a National Serviceman in Vietnam. His family has been involved in the Australian wine industry for over 40 years and John continues that association today with his involvement with The Wine Society and as a managing partner of Collina del Re, an ultra-premium vineyard in north-east Victoria.

Geoff Ballard

B.A, B.Ec, M. App Fin. CPA, FTIA, SIA

Deputy Chairman

Member since: 1970

Committee: Audit Risk and Corporate Governance Committee

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

Geoff has been an active member of The Wine Society for 30 years; a Director for 11 years, and in 2011 was re-appointed as Deputy Chairman. Geoff is strongly committed to the belief that an actively supported and well run co-operative can provide Members with very tangible benefits.

Geoff is a corporate consultant, part time lecturer and examiner in the securities industry and the Key Person Responsible Manager overseeing financial risk management and corporate compliance for Ecogen Energy – a major Victorian power utility and serves as an external member of an audit committee for local government. Formerly the University of Melbourne's investment manager, Geoff has extensive experience in the securities and investment markets gained in both a managerial and operational capacity in numerous roles in the money market, fixed interest and equity markets. Geoff has held senior managerial positions in both the private and public sectors (state and federal) and a board member of a major superannuation fund.

At an operational level Geoff built a specialist wholesale food manufacturing business in Melbourne over a five year period culminating in a successful sale in 2009.

Judy MacGraw

B.A, Dip Education, Graduate Certificates in Total Quality Management and Fraud & Risk Control, Dip Editing & Publishing, MAICD


Member since: 1995

Committee: Membership, Sales and Marketing Committee

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

Judy MacGraw is the principal of a management consultancy specialising in business reform, change management and stakeholder engagement. Her clients span all industries and sectors, from manufacturing to mining and IT to finance, including many mutuals and membership-based organisations.

Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of a national Industry Skills Council, Judy has a professional background of senior leadership and advisory roles primarily with Federal and State governments. Her experience in board governance is focussed on the profit for purpose and mutual sectors, currently including Director of Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Elected Member of the Teachers’ Mutual Bank Members Committee and the TMB Board’s Marketing and Member Relationship Strategy Committee.

Her qualifications in education, fraud, risk and quality management combined with her experience in the ownership and/or management of retail, property and hospitality businesses have given her an extensive understanding of the commercial and market pressures on organisations.

She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women on Boards.

Greg Melick



Member since: 1971

Committee:  Wine Committee; Tasting Panellist

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

Greg Melick is a Hobart based Senior Counsel, with extensive experience in appellate, criminal, common and administrative law. He also brings extensive management skills from prior Commonwealth and State statutory appointments as well as experience in the private and public sectors, senior appointments in the Australian Defence Force and over 44 years in the Army Reserve. Greg is also a Special Investigator for Cricket Australia and the Tasmanian Chair of St. John Ambulance Australia.

Greg's national and international wine experience and contacts has strongly influenced the Society's wine tasting and evaluation processes. He is a respected national and international wine judge and has been a Member of The Wine Society since 1971, a Director since 2003 and is a current Tasting Panellist. Greg also owns Pressing Matters, a multi award winning Tasmanian vineyard, and is instrumental in setting and regulating the wine styles for The Wine Society's own-label Tasmanian wines.

Ian J McKenzie

RD Oen. (Hons), SJW

Independent Director

Member since: 1995

Committee: Wine Committee (Chairman); Tasting Panellist

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

With over 50 years in the wine industry, Ian McKenzie has been serving as a Director of The Wine Society since 2004.

A wine show judge since the mid-1970s, Ian is today regarded as one of Australia's most senior wine judges and has previously served as Chairman of Judges for the Canberra National, Adelaide, Perth, ACT, Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Mt. Barker, Hunter Valley, Riverland, Victoria, Ballarat and Lilydale Wine Shows. He has also judged at wine shows in California, New Zealand and South Africa and is still actively involved in wine show judging in Australia and overseas.

Ian has leant his experience as a Tutor at the annual Len Evans Tutorial (since its inception in 2001), and from the late 1980s until mid-2004 he was a consultant to QANTAS Airways as a member of their Wine Selection Panel.

Ian's winemaking career began in 1959 as Trainee Winemaker at Berri Co-op Winery and Distillery where he remained for twenty four years including being appointed Chief Winemaker in 1976. In 1983 he joined Seppelt as their Chief Winemaker and Victorian Regional Manager. Following the formation of Southcorp Wines, of which Seppelt was a key brand, he was appointed Southcorp Wines Chief Winemaker in 1991, a position he held until his retirement in April 2001 after which he established a small consulting company. Significant projects completed under his direction were the development of Seppelt Salinger (one of Australia's most highly regarded sparkling wines) and Penfolds Yattarna (arguably Australia's most sought after Chardonnay).

Since his retirement from a full time position with Southcorp Wines he has been retained as a Consultant in a number of capacities by various wineries in Australia, Chile, South Africa and India.

Robert Whitton

FCA, FAIM, FAICD, CFE, IPA, B. Bus (Accounting), Diploma of Physical Education, Graduate Certificate Forensic Studies (Accounting)


Member since: 1986

Committee: Audit Risk and Corporate Governance Committee (Chairman)

Postal Address: The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007

Phone Number: (02) 9431 4000

Robert Whitton has been a Board Member of The Wine Society since November 2002 and has been a member of the Society since 1986. He is the immediate past Chairman having served in that role for 3 ½ years. He is a practising Chartered Accountant with 29 years' experience in insolvency restructuring and business advisory services.

Robert also holds the posts of Official Liquidator, Registered Trustee and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is also holds the following memberships: Fellow Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants; Fellow Member, Australian Institute of Management; Member, Institute of Company Directors; Member, Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia; Member, The Angus Society of Australia; Producer Member, NSW Farmers Federation - Producer Member; Member, Meat and Livestock Australia; Member, Australian Olive Association; and Member, Hunter Valley Olive Association.

He is currently a director of three ASX listed companies and is a Director at a mid-tier Chartered Accounting firm, William Buck.