Staff

Bryan Fry

Bryan Fry

Chair - Board of Members, Alcohol Beverages Australia

Bryan Fry is Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Pacific, responsible for the distribution of the wine, champagne and spirits portfolio across Australia and New Zealand. Bryan has worked for Pernod Ricard for 22 years, and has successfully held various sales, marketing and leadership roles across Australia, Asia Pacific, Brazil and the US.

Giuseppe Minissale

Giuseppe Minissale

Deputy Chair - Board of Members, Alcohol Beverages Australia

Giuseppe is President of the Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA), General Manager of Porter’s Liquor, and owner of 5 liquor stores in Sydney, currently operating under the Porter’s Liquor banner.

James Brindley

James Brindley

Treasurer, Alcohol Beverages of Australia

James is Managing Director of Lion Beer Australia. With a degree in economics and an MBA, James has been a part of Lion for twenty four years and gained extensive experience in people and business leadership including eight years in China with Lion.

James is the Chair of the Brewers Association of Australia and Board Director of DrinkWise Australia.  He is also a Board member of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Fergus Taylor

Fergus Taylor

Executive Director, Alcohol Beverages of Australia

Fergus Taylor is the Executive Director of Alcohol Beverages Australia. He is responsible for the day to day operation of ABA and represents the organisation to the public, the media and to governments. Fergus has previously worked as a media adviser and chief of staff to senior government ministers and as a strategic stakeholder engagement and media and communications management consultant.

Gohar Yazdabadi

Gohar Yazdabadi

Research and Policy Manager

Gohar Yazdabadi is the Research and Policy Manager at Alcohol Beverages Australia. Gohar brings over ten years of experience in leading and implementing strategic evidence-based policy changes across the Federal and NSW Governments and has also worked as an in-house commercial lawyer.

Matt Johnston

Matt Johnston

Media and Communications Manager

Matt Johnston is the Media and Communications Manager at Alcohol Beverages Australia. He has previously worked as a print journalist and has held senior media and communications roles in State Government, statutory bodies and the private sector. Matt is responsible for developing and executing strategic communications plans and manages the day-to-day media operations.

Josephine Yap

Josephine Yap

Policy Analyst

Josephine joined Alcohol Beverages Australia in December 2016 as Policy Analyst after completing her Bachelor of Food Science degree (First Class Honours in Microbiology) at the University of New South Wales. Josephine provides strategic support to the Executive Director and Research & Policy Manager with research, advice and input into submissions, policies and communications to promote the interests of ABA in accordance with its strategic objectives.

Neha Sharma

Neha Sharma

Executive Assistant

Neha joined Alcohol Beverages Australia in November 2015 as the Executive Assistant. She has over 9 years of experience in EA and Administration field.  She has supported senior Executives in various fields as an EA. Neha is responsible for the day to day administration work and the ABA website.