Our Directors

  • John Love
    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: c/- 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
    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: c/- The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadyway 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.

  • Lance Hogan
    Lance Hogan

    Member since 1965

    Committee: Sales & Marketing Committee, Tasting Panellist

    Postal Address: c/- The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007
    Phone Number:
    (02) 9431 4000

    With over 32 years' experience in the Australian wine industry, Lance Hogan has been a member of The Wine Society since 1965 and a Director since 2005. He has managed wineries in the Hunter Valley (Arrowfield) and Barossa Valley (Barossa Valley Estate) and was the longest serving General Manager of The Wine Society, from 1987-1996. When General Manager of Kemeny's, Australia's largest single store liquor retailer from 1998-2005, Lance was awarded NSW Liquor Store Manager of the Year in 2003. He is a past Director of the Liquor Stores Association of NSW Inc.

    His other contributions to the Australian wine industry include serving as a past Director and Treasurer of the Wine Communicators of Australia Inc., a National Liquor News Tasting Panel Member and published writer for that magazine and a former judge at the NSW Wine Awards.

  • Ray McDonald
    Ray McDonald BA, BScEcon, AALIA

    Member since 1958

    Committee: Sales and Marketing Committee (Chair)

    Postal Address: c/- The Wine Society, PO Box 745, Broadway NSW 2007
    Phone Number:
    (02) 9431 4000

    Ray joined the Wine Society on 1st January, 1958, presumably because of a New Year's resolution to get serious about wine. He has Honours degrees in History (Sydney) and Economics (London), and was foundation archivist of the University of New England. He taught English in schools in Sweden and England, becoming Head of English at two comprehensive schools in the East End of London. Returning to Australia, he taught at Sydney Grammar School for nineteen years, retiring in 1996.

    He is an active volunteer at the Art Gallery of NSW, Radio for the Print Handicapped [1224 on your AM dial], and Opera Australia (as a tour guide), and serves as Treasurer of the NSW Retired Teachers Association. For holidays, he enjoys long-distance walking in France and England.

  • Ian McKenzie
    Ian J McKenzie RD Oen. (Hons), SJW

    Independent Director

    Committee: Wine Committee (Chairman); Tasting Panellist

    Postal Address: c/- 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.

  • Greg Melick
    Greg Melick AO, RFD, S.C., MJW

    Member since 1971

    Committee: Wine Committee; Tasting Panellist

    Postal Address: c/- 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.

  • Robert Whitton
    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: c/- 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.