With degrees in law and commerce, Rebecca worked in private legal practice for seven years, before stepping into her current role of internal legal counsel with the Bickford’s Group in 2002. Rebecca has gained valuable experience advising in the areas of asset sale and purchase, intellectual property, employment law, leasing and general commercial law within a fast moving consumable goods and retail environment. Rebecca moved to the Barossa Valley in 2009 and proudly accepted the role of Director of The Co-op in March 2012. Rebecca regards The Co-op as an exceptional business model delivering a quality service to the local community.
John CurnowDeputy Chair
John is a graduate of Macquarie University’s School of Logistics Management and has held a number of senior executive roles in various companies including Olympus Industries (USA) where he was Vice President Marketing, Coca-Cola Amatil where he served as Managing Director of both Hungary and New Zealand. Currently he is a Board Member of CountrySA PHN where he also serves as Chairman of the Finance committee, in addition to his board role with The Co-op. He has extensive interests in the Wine Industry and consults on Marketing and Strategic Leadership for various organisations. He has presented on these topics at a number of forums including the Australian GP Network Forum.
John Auld (RDWM)Director
John has spent 33 years in the Australian wine industry working for Saltram Wines Estates before going to The Yalumba Company in 1985. He has had senior roles in Sales and Marketing, retiring from Yalumba in 2013. He is currently a director of Jim Barry Wines, Seven Under Pty Ltd, a former Port Adelaide Football Club director and a long term supporter of The Community Store. John has four children and has lived in Angaston for the past 33 years.
Kevin Renshaw (CPA, BBus)Director
Kevin has a degree in Accounting and brings to The Co-op considerable financial and commercial experience in medium to large organisations. He held the position of Assistant General Manager in the stock feed and flour milling group Milling Industries and was also their Group Bakery Divisional Manager. Kevin joined Yalumba in 1986 retiring in 2010 and held several senior management roles including General Manager Finance & Administration and Group Commercial Director. He is a former chairman of Lenswood Co-op and is currently Chairman of CCW Co-op in the Riverland. He is also a Board Member of Barossa Village Aged Care and runs his own consulting business. Kevin was appointed to the Barossa Co-op board in late 2016. He lives in Tanunda with his wife Marilyn and is a keen lawn bowler.
Svetlana is a consumer and social marketing researcher. Her work contributes to preventative health initiatives, such as improving healthfulness of food choices in supermarkets, increasing physical activity in rural and ageing populations, and raising quality of health services.
With nearly two decades of marketing research consultancy experience to state, national and international organisations (private/public and non-for-profit), she brings commercial business skills and knowledge to tackle important community challenges.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Marketing Management, Business Planning, Hospitality Industry, and Event Management. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts – BA focused in International Relations and Affairs from the University of Adelaide.
James is the Chief Executive Officer of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA), formerly heading up the organisation’s marketing and communications since 2010. As Chief Executive, James interacts with many regional, state, national and international stakeholders, and oversees the management and strategic direction of the region’s peak industry body.
Prior to joining the BGWA, James worked with Wine Australia for three years working across the communications and market development area. James grew up on a vineyard in Eden Valley and went to school in Barossa. After completing his degree, he then spent six years overseas, working vintages in Germany and Portugal. He also worked for five years in London in the wine wholesale, retail and management areas.
He returned to Australia in 2004 and completed a book project, being the author of ‘The Winemakers’ Essential Phrasebook, a multi-lingual guide to working vintages around the world.
James is involved with his family grape and wine business, Heathvale Wines, located in Eden Valley.
He has joined the Board of The Co-op Heart of the Barossa with a keen sense of commitment to the Barossa brand and community values and looks forward to contributing to the further development of the outstanding membership organisation.
Neil RetallickChief Executive Officer
For 20 years Neil’s focus has been on the development of business capability.
During 12 years at National Pharmacies, he was responsible for the evolution of the merchandise, marketing, management information systems, membership functions and warehousing and distribution capabilities in a multi-unit retail healthcare (community pharmacy) environment. He developed the Optical business from a small, loss-making business unit into a very profitable chain that offered excellent value to members.
For the last seven years, he has applied these skills to the redevelopment of a small chain of community pharmacies in metropolitan Sydney. The achievement of this goal required the liquidation of non-core assets to generate funds that were more effectively redeployed, the acquisition of new pharmacies, the sale of existing poorly-performing businesses and the continuous improvement of all aspects of the company’s operations including the implementation of ERP business systems.
Neil brings to The Co-op extensive knowledge and proven success in driving and implementing business change and growth to the benefit of its member base ownership.