Helen O’Brien – Chair
Helen joined the board of Barossa Village in 2020 and was appointed Chair in 2021. Helen brings significant experience in leadership, providing executive leadership services to leaders and organisations across South Australia. Helen recently retired from the position of Director of Catholic Education SA, where she enjoyed a long career as an educator and senior executive. She recently moved to the Barossa with her husband and enjoys all that the region promises and delivers.
John joined the Board in 2006 and was appointed Chairman in 2008. He has a Diploma in Farm Management and is married to Jan. Together, they run their historic family property, Hutton Vale near Angaston. Their farm business includes wine, lamb, vegetables and artisan products. John is also an elected member of The Barossa Council.
Trudy joined the Board in 2014. She is employed within Country Health SA and is experienced as a Registered Nurse and managing nursing staff. In 2010 Trudy was recognised with a Nursing Excellence Award for promoting Advanced Care Planning across South Australia’s public and private health care sectors, including aged care facilities. She is Chair of the Board’s Clinical Governance subcommittee.
Mark joined the board of Barossa Village in 2017 having worked as an educator, teaching Mathematics and Information Technology for 38 years. He also worked in the IT industry for 10 years as a Network Engineer and is now retired and living in Nuriootpa. Mark enjoys being a member of numerous sporting committees, including cricket, football and golf in several country regions.
Sally moved to the Barossa in 1994 as a cadet journalist with The Barossa Herald. Since then, she has worked as an editor for magazines and newspapers and provided communication services to the Ahrens Group, Orlando Wyndham (now Pernod Ricard Wines), BAE Systems Australia, the CMV Group, the Detmold Group and The Barossa Cellar. Sally has researched and written several company histories.
Barbara joined the Board of Barossa Village in 2018. A New Yorker, she moved to the Barossa with her Australian husband, Brian, running a conferencing and event business before managing three Barossa Vintage Festivals. She was also Manager, Communications and Promotions for Barossa Grape & Wine Association and was recognised as a Baron of the Barossa in 2009 for her services to the Barossa’s tourism industry.
Matt McCulloch is Langmeil Winery’s Chief Executive Officer and joined the board of Barossa Village in 2020. Matt studied Business Management at the Middlesex University Business School, London and the KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France and has a Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Matt was Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Kirrihill Wines and General Manager of Château Tanunda. He was Chairman of the Wine Barossa Committee between 2011 and 2017 and was a Board member of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association.
Kevin re-joined the Barossa Village board in 2021 following a short hiatus. Originally joining the Board in 2015, Kevin has extensive commercial experience in medium and large organisations including Yalumba Wines, Lenswood Cooperative and CCW Cooperative. He is also on the Board of the Barossa Coop.
Simon Newbold CEO
Matt Kowald General Manager, Integrated Care
Ben Hall General Manager, Service Delivery
Dave Rundle General Manager, People and Culture