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Our Valuable Board Members

Rebecca Tolhurst (LLB (Hons.) B Com, GAICD
Rebecca Tolhurst (LLB (Hons.) B Com, GAICDChair
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 Curnow
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.
Phillip Schmaal (MBA, Dip CM, ACIS, MAICD, AGIA)
Phillip Schmaal (MBA, Dip CM, ACIS, MAICD, AGIA)Director
Phil has gained extensive business experience working in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in a broad range of public, private and community sector organisations, both at senior management and at board level. He returned to the Barossa Valley in 2007 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of aged care provider Barossa Village Inc. and retired from that role in April 2017. With a twenty year history of involvement in the community services sector, Phil has held Board positions on the Mental Health Law Centre WA Inc, Greening Australia Ltd, Aged & Community Services SA/NT Inc and the Public Health Association of Australia Inc. Phil was appointed Chairman of The Co-op board in November 2013.
John Auld (RDWM)
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)
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 Bogomolova
Svetlana BogomolovaDirector
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.

Neil Retallick
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.

Jerie Schmidt (CPA, GAICD, BAcc)
Jerie Schmidt (CPA, GAICD, BAcc)Chief Financial Officer
Jerie, a Certified Practicing Accountant, joined The Co-op in November 2015 after a successful career working with some of Australia’s most well-known organisations, CEO SIDS & Kids, CFO at St John Ambulance, Financial Controller for The Hill Smith Family and tax accountant at KPMG.

A Progressive Executive Leader, with rapid career progression and record of sound financial intelligence. Driver for optimal and financial efficiency and sustainability. Forward thinking, with noted success in analysing complex problems and developing innovative business solutions.Her expertise has contributed to reporting transformation for organisations in both the financial framework and reporting including measurement of social impact. Jerie has introduced integrated transparent reporting which has seen St John recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Centre for Social Impact and PwC.

She is also a Director on Immanuel Lutheran School Council and has also been a volunteer for Camp Quality for 16 years as a Camp Leader, dedicating time to organise and run camps for children living with cancer.