Team

Bryan Fry

Bryan Fry

Chair - Board of Members, Alcohol Beverages Australia

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Bryan 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

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Giuseppe has over 35 years’ liquor experience in retail, wholesale, and distribution. Giuseppe has significant experience in leadership of industry associations, and the foundation Chair of Retail Drinks Australia and a board member of DrinkWise Australia.

Giuseppe is General Manager of the Porter’s Liquor Group and owns seven liquor stores and three distribution companies working within Australia and China.

James Brindley

James Brindley

Treasurer - Board of Members, Alcohol Beverages of Australia

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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.

Andrew Wilsmore

Andrew Wilsmore

Chief Executive Officer

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Andrew Wilsmore is a senior executive who has extensive experience in the retail, hospitality, tourism, and agricultural sectors.  He has worked across a diverse range of job functions including; Head of Risk, Corporate Affairs and Advisory, Advocacy & Policy positions within the corporate sector and Industry Associations.

Most recently, Andrew led a diverse team of people across Australia, with national responsibilities across Corporate Affairs; Enterprise Risk; Health & Safety; and Asset Protection, for Endeavour Drinks – the liquor arm of Woolworths Group.

Andrew brings a wide range of skills to ABA including business strategy development and execution, organisational and team cultural change abilities, operational management, financial and fiduciary skills and team management.  He brings a constructive and inclusive leadership style to the role, with effective stakeholder engagement skills as well as strong analytical skills.

An effective communicator who is able to influence key stakeholders and decision makers, Andrew also acts as an advisory and advocate to both internal and external business and political leaders.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in marketing and HR, and enjoys working in difficult and challenging industries, and in multidisciplinary environments with credibility and integrity. He brings passion and commitment to his role at ABA. 

Gohar Yazdabadi

Gohar Yazdabadi

Senior Research and Government Affairs Manager

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Gohar is the Research and Policy Manager at Alcohol Beverages Australia. Gohar brings over 10 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.

Kerri Osborne

Kerri Osborne

Media and Communications Manager

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Kerri has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications. Most recently, she worked at Transpower Ltd, a monopoly state-owned enterprise in New Zealand which owns and operates the national grid and delivers hydro-electricity across the country. Previously, she was communications and external relations manager for PHARMAC, New Zealand’s pharmaceutical and medical device purchasing agency, similar to PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) in Australia.

Kerri’s role will be focused on media relations with government and industry stakeholders to deliver evidence-based communication and increased awareness for important social and policy initiatives that are critical for our industry.

Athina Paris

Athina Paris

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

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Athina is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager at Alcohol Beverages Australia. Athina has over 7 years’ experience working with executives and business owners across the FMCG, Financial Services, Fashion and Pharmaceutical industries in an administrative, sales and marketing capacity.

Athina loves her job as no two days are the same and she finds working behind the scenes supporting collaborative successes very rewarding.

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