Keynote Speaker

Mr Thomas Leclerc

 Managing Director for Vivelys in Asia Pacific

Production & Applied Technology – A New Era to Come?


Thomas Leclerc, is the managing director for Vivelys in Asia Pacific.

Thomas has been in the wine industry for 19 years, and has worked in almost all sides of the wine industry from wine sales in Brazil, International promotion management for Hennessy Cognac, Export manager for a global packaging company Sparflex and Business Development Director for Vivelys for 6 years in wine production strategy and management. This extensive experience gives him a global understanding of all wine aspects from production to wine marketing and sales.

With his wide and versatile experience, Thomas has worked on global production projects with major wine groups in France, Spain, Portugal and Chile.

Thomas has started a new and exciting challenge in Australia, starting a full new area of development for Vivelys in Asia and Oceania.

Vivelys is one of the global leading consulting and R&D companies in the wine industry and have been helping their customers to craft and execute their production strategy since 1995.

They are located in five major wine countries and each year, more than 10% of their income is allocated to R&D.

Through their deep understanding of winemaking science, systems and processes, along with expertise in solutions design and programming, they deliver business value by helping customers become more competitive and efficient at achieving their desired wine profiles.

Presentation Abstract

Applied technology has had over the years a direct impact in the wine industry. This impact is in general limited to its immediate surroundings and has been mainly used for two main reasons:

  • The reduction of costs through direct costs impact often related with human resources reduction such as machine harvesting, destemmers or barrel handling, but also through improved logistics and time efficiency such as centrifuges or filtration units.
  • Quality would be the other strong reason either to correct possible defects with tools such as thermo-vinification which was used historically on tough extraction grapes, rotten issues or pyrazines but have broader usage today; or to enhance quality with all tools helping in sorting quality or precise automated thermo-regulation in alcoholic fermentation.

“A New Era to Come” raises many questions a couple of which are as follows:

  • How will tomorrows Wineries link applied technology to production management metrics to make the best use of the technology?
  • How will production process will be built to meet wine style requirements and market data and what will be the role of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) in this environment?

This presentation will outline the role of applied technology, the current challenges facing the wine industry in different regions across the globe, the growing need to use and choose data for KPI’s, technical parameters linked to the winery board of production and product definition goals. This will be illustrated by examples of recent technology, and their impact on production.


Mr Tadro Abbott - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Tadro Abbott

 Project Engineer – AWRI

 Predicting Ferment Performance with the New AWRI Ferment Simulator


Tadro Abbott is a Chemical Engineer who has been working in the wine industry with the AWRI for the last 5 years. His role involves both assisting wineries and suppliers with projects to improve or verify their practices, as well as larger scale engineering research funded by the industry. This has included projects on fermentation monitoring and simulation, winery transfer minimisation, lees processing, bulk wine transport and environmental life cycle assessment.

Tadro is also heavily involved in the Australian wine industry’s environmental assurance program, Entwine Australia, at a technical level.

His professional interests include environmental management, graphical information systems, winery fermentation and packaging performance; while his personal interests include music production and sustainable living.

Presentation Abstract

The AWRI’s new Ferment Simulator was released in beta in 2017 and has been through its first successful vintage. The new version brings the Ferment Simulator out of the realm of spreadsheets and into the WineCloud with a web app that allows wineries to access their ferments from any device with an internet connection. The Simulator allows the data to be collected, tracked and displayed on dashboards, as well as modelled to predict the future trajectory of the ferment. This gives winemakers an early warning of ferments that may race or become sluggish. The Ferment Simulator is free for all Australian winemakers. The session will provide an overview of the features available to winemakers and the learnings from the first vintage of operation.   .

Dr Simon Nordestgaard - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Dr Simon Nordestgaard

 Senior Engineer – AWRI

Grape Crushing – History and Recent Developments


Simon Nordestgaard has worked in wine industry research and development for a bit over a decade. This has included an engineering PhD relating to grape pressing and projects on heat stability, refrigeration efficiency, lees management, and wine transport. He has a passion for winery process and equipment innovation.

Presentation Abstract

Crushing releases juice from grapes and increases the speed of skin extraction. Classically it was performed by treading, but the process started to be mechanised in the early 19th century. Intense crushing equipment has been used at times, but relatively gentle overlapping lobe roller crushers are now the most commonly used configuration (when crushing is performed at all).

Recently there has been some renewed interest in more intense crushing equipment because of the potential for enhanced colour extraction and reduced skin contact time in red wine production. This presentation will trace the evolution of grape crushing equipment and evaluate recent developments in the context of historical experience.   

Mr Trent Reimers - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Trent Reimers

 Technology Specialist - Software – NHP Electrical Engineering Products

Maximise Your Uptime – High Availability Servers


In the role of Technology Specialist – Software, Trent works closely with customer’s helping them with systems that achieve desired outcomes. He has previously worked in the Australian Wine industry and currently lives in the Barossa Valley.

Presentation Abstract

Today’s manufacturing facilities have extremely strict standards that are being met and regulated through automation.  There is also consistent pressure from the competition to improve products all while keeping pricing low and products safe.  Achieving efficiency, keeping costs low and maintaining quality is the balance that leads to success.

Automation is a great solution for meeting these standards while keeping costs & waste low.  When issues occur in your facilities, the results can be devastating.  Downtime reduces efficiency and potentially leads to brand integrity issues.  Food and beverage companies have tried to solve these problems with conventional servers running critical applications such as SCADA and Historians in multiple locations but this can be costly. Downtime problems continually plague this approach and it doesn’t scale well either.  When systems fail, even for a short period, your bottom line is affected.

Thankfully, there are systems today to prevent downtime and keep food and beverage manufacturing systems running smoothly. 

Stratus is the modern, proven, and reliable choice for delivering a complete always-on system with a solution that is operationally simple, cost effective and delivers the availability that food and beverage systems demand today.

Stratus’ proactively prevents instances of unplanned downtime both data centers and at the edge, and ensures any issues are addressed before customers are even aware there is a problem. Global Fortune 500 companies and small medium sized businesses in a wide range of industries across the globe have been relying on Stratus for operationally simple, continuous availability for more than 35 years.

Mr Jochen Druck - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Jochen Druck

 Global Export Director – K+H Process Tec

Membrane System for the Bubble Less Inline Adjustment of Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen


Jochen Drück is currently sales manager of the K&H Process Tec GmbH. A company focusing on process technologies for the wine and beverage industry.

Raised by a family who were contract bottlers in the 3rd generation and who owned a family winery, Jochen decided to join the wine industry.

He started as a winemaker and viticulturist trainee and worked constantly on his winemaker career until the day when he was asked to join the glass and closure industry, this step was a big change in his life and led into his current career. His focus was on new developments like light weight bottles and new closure systems and he brought the ZORK closures into Europe.

Jochen also started his own consulting company and in turn is working with international companies from around the world.

He joined K&H Process Tec as their Global Sales Manager and he combines his winemaking experience with his focus on new technologies. .

Presentation Abstract

The production of wine and other beverages requires a precise CO2 adjustment. The adjustment of the CO2 content has to be precise and the oxygen content should be removed in the last step prior to bottling. Certain retailers have defined a specific CO2 content. Achieving this content is of great importance for the wineries in order to keep these customers.

The CO2 membrane system of K + H is currently the only membrane system to target the CO2 bubble less into the filling machine. In the same process step, the gases nitrogen and O2 are largely removed from the product.

The reduction of O2 results in a better shelf life of the wine. Nitrogen promotes foaming during filling. The nitrogen reduction can therefore lead to a significantly improved filling performance. The gassing and degassing can take place at any intensity from 0 to 10 g / L directly on the bottling line. The output level of CO2 is irrelevant if there is more CO2 in the starting material than desired this is automatically detected by the system and the CO2 content is reduced accordingly.

Dr Andreas Blank - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Dr Andreas Blank

 Managing Director – K+H Process Tec

Partial Dealcoholisation of Wine - Comparing Technologies and their Sensorial Impact


Dr. Andreas Blank is currently general manager of the K+H process tec GmbH. A company focusing on process technologies for wine and beverage industry.

Raised at a family winery Andreas pursued his academic career in the international wine universities: Geisenheim, Germany; Davis, California and Montpellier, France. His research focused on membrane technologies in wine. Important part of the research is the influence of the dissolved gases, carbon dioxide and oxygen and the technological management thereof. The sensorial and technological impact of alcohol reduction in wine was the topic of his PhD thesis. Transferring the academic experience to the industry is key of the success of K+H.

Presentation Abstract

Experiments were performed for a technological alcohol reduction using the following techniques: Spinning Cone Column, reverse osmosis and membrane contactor. Target of these experiments was to determine the feasibility of these techniques for a partial alcohol reduction in wine. A perceivable change in the smell of the wines could not be identified. Wines reduced in alcohol were perceived to be lower in body; they appear to be less sweet and have a decreased level of alcohol hotness. Using alcohol reduction technologies is providing a tool to carefully adjust the mouthfeel balance of a wine, without detrimental effects on the aroma characteristics.

All tested physical treatments with the objective of alcohol reduction have been shown to reduce the content of the analyzed flavor compounds. By means of mathematical modelling it is possible to predict this loss of flavor compounds. For the purpose of minimizing the loss of flavor compounds, with most technologies only a small portion of wine should be treated. Consecutive blending with untreated wine will efficiently minimize flavor loss.

This two-step process can be efficiently improved by coupling different membrane systems. The technology of membrane coupling using reverse osmosis and membrane contactors was recently modified to perform an automated, inline alcohol adjustment with the best possible aroma protection.

Mr Darryl Blackeby - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Darryl Blackeby

 Product Sales Manager

IO-Link and its Application in Wineries


Darryl holds a diploma of electrical engineering plus an electrical trade qualification and has 20+ years experience with factory automation and process instrumentation.

He has been 14+ year’s with ifm efector and prior to that 4 years with the previous ifm efector distributor – Sencon and therefore has a comprehensive knowledge of the complete ifm product range.

Darryl has performed several roles with ifm efector including Product Manager for position sensors, safety products and industrial vision product ranges for a period of 8 years and currently performs the role of Product Sales Manager with a focus on the industrial vision, identification systems and industrial communications product ranges.

Presentation Abstract

IO-Link is the interface to Industry 4.0, allowing additional data to be collected directly from your sensors. With many advantages over traditional wiring, IO-Link is easy to implement into traditional PLC architectures.

ifm efector is a founding member of the IO-Link consortium, and the market leader with a comprehensive range of IO-Link sensors and master modules. Smart Observer software is also available for cost effective monitoring of IO-Link installations.  

This presentation will cover the basics of IO-Link and its role in Industry 4.0, and advantages including increased machine uptime and reduce system costs. We will also look at how wineries can benefit using this technology.

Mr Nathan Rowbottom - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Nathan Rowbottom

 Manager – Byford Fluid Solutions

Trelleborg Technologies & Selection Perfection of Hoses


Nathan began his working life doing an apprenticeship at Simplot Echuca as maintenance fitter during which time he learnt about the food environment and gained a knowledge of engineering, he also completed additional courses in advanced pneumatic circuitry, bearing identification, mechanical seals, HACCP, can seam technology and purge welding of stainless pipe work, plus a plethora of other skills.

After leaving Simplot he worked for a short period as a line mechanic at Amcor food cans before working for a period of three and a half years in his family’s music store in Echuca in a management role. Nathan then gained employment at Byford Equipment as a welder before moving across to what is now Byford Fluid Solutions as a hose technician (2006), then as an account manager and finally in the role of manager which he has been in since 2012.

Since 2006 Nathan has been working closely with many food and beverage producers whilst at the same time learning from major hose suppliers Trelleborg and a large and varied customer base. He has been specializing in food grade transfer for almost ten years, trying to be at the forefront of process and development in Australia. Nathan is also an on-going member of the WEA.

Presentation Abstract

Nathan will go through associated technology developments by Trelleborg and uniqueness of capabilities including a simple summary of their newly developed products for new world markets and how their products have used these developments.

The presentation will look at differences in hoses and how best to select hose for an application considering new marketplace factors such as the current AWRI study in flavour imparting on hose and previous cases of taste taint from rubber hoses and the previous lack of liability due to lack of Australian standards regarding migration.

The benefits of aligning with more stringent European standards will also be looked at and how this affects selection of hoses regarding environmental factors associated with the Australian climate and other factors such as phthalates, flavours and raising of hose supplier’s accountability.

Nathan will also explain why you should question practices and look to grow with continuous improvement by using best available technologies, not just to lower costs but to improve outcomes. In addition, he will be focusing on some of the differences looked at in other marketplaces that are not overly considered in Australia and why.

Dr Paul Bowyer - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Dr Paul Bowyer

 Group Oenologist / Regional Manager SA – Blue H2O Filtration

Insights into Filtration and Filterability


Dr Bowyer has a background in organic and inorganic chemistry, having completed a double major in chemistry with first class honours at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 1991.  He undertook a PhD in 1992 at UNSW in heterocyclic chemistry and metal complexation, part of which was completed at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom after obtaining one of five Australian Young Endeavour Science Awards in 1992.  Three years of post-doctoral research in pure chemistry followed at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) and the Universität Basel (Basel, Switzerland). 

Seeking a more applied chemistry focus on returning to Australia in 1999, Dr Bowyer accepted a position at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga teaching wine chemistry and wine sensory analysis, where he received a teaching excellence award in his third year as an academic.  A move to the University of Adelaide in 2003 saw the expansion of the sensory analysis role to cover oenology, viticulture and wine marketing degree programmes.  In 2006 Dr Bowyer joined the commercial sector with Laffort Australia as the Australasian Technical Manager.  In 2011 Dr Bowyer joined BHF Technologies as Group Oenologist. 

He has been very active in the promotion of wine filterability analysis to the Australian wine industry.  Dr Bowyer retains his association with the University of Adelaide as an Adjunct Lecturer to the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Presentation Abstract

Filtration remains somewhat of a black art in the wine industry, with winemakers using a combination of experience and information provided by manufacturers to achieve desired outcomes. 

Sterile (membrane) filtration accounts for an ever-increasing proportion of wine products, yet for some wines this remains a debated approach to packaging.  Recent changes in membrane compositions, coupled with the use of wine additives such as tannins, yeast extracts, grape juice concentrate, gum Arabic and CMC, have warranted an examination of how best to improve filtration outcomes. 

Since many of these additives are colloidal in nature they are not necessarily detected by the industry standard measurement of turbidity (NTU), yet they can and do have a significant impact on wine filterability index (FI).  This has significant flow-on effects for both the winemaker and the packager. 

This presentation will briefly overview different filtration approaches and their relative impacts on wine physical and sensory characteristics.  Although there is no current Australian standard for measuring wine FI, different methods for doing so will be presented and critiqued.  Measurement equipment will also be discussed in conjunction with the correct interpretation of filterability analyses, and caveats indicated.  Vinpac International has used FI measurement for sterile filtration wines since July 2013.  Some interesting figures from their vast FI measurement library will be presented, in addition to some valuable findings that they have made. 

Mr Neil Scrimgeour - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Neil Scrimgeour

 – Senior Scientist – AWRI

Protecting Wine Integrity with Best Practice Bottling


Neil Scrimgeour is the Senior Scientist in the Commercial Services Group at the Australian Wine Research Institute. He has a background in fine chemicals and pharmaceutical production in the UK and has worked in the Australian wine industry for the last twelve years.

Neil has widespread experience in the design and management of technical performance trials for a wide range of winemaking and packaging technologies and has worked extensively in new product development, both in the wine industry and in his previous role in the pharmaceutical industry.

Neil manages all packaging performance trials for the AWRI and has been responsible for the development of a number of key benchmarking programs for the wine industry.

Presentation Abstract

Poor bottling practices have the potential to irreversibly damage perfectly good wine and significantly reduce its shelf-life before it reaches the consumer. Inappropriate sanitation practices and insufficient management of oxygen can cause a variety of issues, both on the bottling line and across the supply chain.

This presentation will consider best practice bottling techniques, including efficient line set-up and control, minimising the impact of processing factors on wine quality and performance indicators that can be used to ensure that production stays on track.

Mrs Jannie Howard - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mrs Jannie Howard

 – Marketing Manager – Gordon Brothers Industries

Natural Refrigerant Chillers


After finishing her degree in Industrial Engineering in the Netherlands followed by a Masters in Industrial Refrigeration, Jannie moved to Australia after obtaining a job as Application Engineer for GEA Grasso in Melbourne in 1997.

She has worked in Australia in the field of industrial refrigeration and HVAC for different companies and in different capacities and disciplines for over 20 years. During this time, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the refrigeration and HVAC requirements for the food processing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

During her career Jannie has worked for component manufacturers, a synthetic refrigerant importer, a professional services company and an industrial refrigeration contractor. The experience gained during this time culminated in a keen interest in natural refrigerants and their wide range of applications.

Recently Jannie has joined the team at Gordon Brothers Industries as their Marketing Manager. Gordon Brothers is Australia’s oldest and largest industrial refrigeration and air conditioning provider, they helped pioneer ammonia refrigeration a 100 years ago.

Jannie’s role provides an ideal platform to promote the use of natural refrigerants and help to drive a sustainable refrigeration industry.

Presentation Abstract

Winery refrigeration systems installed over the last decade either use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or ammonia. Choice of refrigerant has been a matter of what size the plant is and the location of it.

Recently Australia has signed up to a global agreement to reduce the consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85% by 2036, and this phase-down will start on January 2018. This will mean a move away from HFCs refrigerants.

In looking for alternatives, we are presented with options of new synthetic refrigerants called Hydofluoroolefins (HFOs) or the natural refrigerants.

There are ongoing investigations on the safety and environmental impact of the new HFOs and looking back to the previous generations of synthetic refrigerants (CFCs and HCFCs), it is still too early to tell whether the new HFOs represent a long-term solution or not.

Therefore, natural refrigerants seem a better option as this point in time. Three of the natural refrigerants are hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide and ammonia. This presentation will provide information on the use of natural refrigerant chillers and refrigeration systems for wineries, concentrating on what the best application is for each type of natural refrigerant in terms of cost, energy efficiency and safety.

Mr Scott Russell - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Scott Russell

 – Business Development Manager – AMS Filtration

Transforming Wine Production


Scott has been a CEO in the Renewable Energy Sector and has had a keen interest in the Water sector for over 15 years. He has vast experience in commercializing technologies, manufacturing, management consulting and corporate finance.

Scott has a Bachelor of Economics, Post Graduate Diploma of Management, Master of Business Administration and is completing a Master of Applied Finance.

In addition, he has a distinguished professional career, over an 11-year period with Collingwood Football Club and Sydney Football Club in the AFL (Australian Football League)

Presentation Abstract

AMS titanium membranes bring new cross flow capabilities to wine production.  Key performance improvements include:

  • - High solids processing - processing wines and juice to produce filtrates with required NTUs and concentrated retentates up to 90% suspended solids
  • - Reducing retentate volumes
  • -Recovering over 99.6% of wine from both above and below the racking valve
  • - Simplifying processes
  • - Eliminating the need for high solids processes including floatation, centrifuge and RDVs
  • - Maximising product quality
  • - Processing wine and juice (including high solids) in one step
  • - Processing batches in a single run without cleaning 
  • - No temperature pick up.

Mr Colin Gudgeon - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Colin Gudgeon

 – National Business Development Manager, F&B – Schneider Electric

Preparing for a Digital Future


Colin is the National Business Development Manager for Schneider Electric Software, focusing on the Food & Beverage segment. Colin has been with Schneider Electric since April 2017, having previously been Business Development Manager for Manufacturing with GE Digital. An Industrial Chemist by trade, Colin previously worked in various technical, project, sales and account management roles in oil and gas services.

Colin’s focus with Schneider is to help customers to achieve key business outcomes focused on the sustainability, efficiency and traceability of operations through digital innovation and solutions.”

Presentation Abstract

“Preparing for a digital future; guaranteeing product traceability and serialisation, ensuring plant reliability, and optimising energy use and efficiency in operations”

This session will discuss some of the key trends affecting consumer businesses, focusing on the emerging technology landscape throughout the value chain. We will focus on key concepts related to product traceability and serialisation, to meet your customers’ and regulatory requirements, asset reliability concepts, to optimise and reduce spend on maintenance practices, and options to improve energy use and efficiency of your facilities.”

Mr Brendan Rumbel - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Brendan Rumbel

 – ANZ Business Manager – 3M

Precise Control of Gases in Wine


Brendan Rumbel is a business professional with significant marketing and technical experience covering both Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) markets. With 10 years’ experience in the filtration industry, Brendan has a wealth of knowledge relating to liquid filtration in the Australian market.

After beginning his career at 3M as a Technical Service Engineer, Brendan moved into the business side of the company and now manages the 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division. During his time at the division, Brendan has been responsible for overseeing the introduction of a few critical products to the 3M portfolio, as well as working closely with complex accounts on delivering the right filtration solution for their needs.

Brendan has a Honours degree in Science from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Presentation Abstract

Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors are widely used across a variety of industries to precisely control gas content. In a winery, Membrane Contactors offer the opportunity to control CO2 and O2 in-line during wine transfers or to make final adjustments before bottling or export loading.

The contactors use a microporous hollow fibre membrane to add or remove gases from liquids. Liquid flows over the outside of the hollow fibres while a vacuum, strip gas, or both in combination, is applied to the inside of the fibre. The membrane is hydrophobic and allows direct contact between the gas and liquid stream without dispersion so by varying the relative pressures it is possible to add or strip gases very accurately.

Another benefit is the precise control that can be achieved. For example, rather than sparging large CO2 bubbles into a liquid Membrane Contactors diffuse the CO2 into the wine at a molecular level producing a much more controlled level of CO2 in the end product. As a result, less CO2 is required to achieve the same level of carbonation.

The design of the contactors is compact and modular allowing for a wide range of flows and the flexibility to expand the system in the future. The low pressure drop through the system means they can often be used in-line on existing systems without the need to upgrade the pumps.

Ms Rosanne Sabiston - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Ms Rosanne Sabiston

 Business Manager – Power Control – Rockwell Automation

Information the Key to Unlocking Energy Savings


Rosanne is the Power Control Business Manager of Rockwell Automation, South Pacific region. As Business Manager, Rosanne leads Rockwell Automation’s motor control product and solutions in the South Pacific.

She is passionate about Rockwell Automation’s vision of The Connected Enterprise and is leading its acceleration through innovation and an in-depth knowledge of their customers’ business needs. Rosanne has over 20 years of broad experience in a diverse set of industries, with strong capability at strategic planning and business management, product marketing, people and project management. She began her career as an Advanced Process Control engineer, and subsequently served in management positions across numerous companies, including three years in USA providing optimization solutions to the electric utilities industry.

Rosanne is a graduate of Auckland University, where she earned a bachelor's degree with honors in chemical and materials engineering. She is currently the chairperson of the Rockwell Automation’s Employee Connect Group.

Presentation Abstract

Volatile energy prices, inconsistent supply and increasingly stringent environmental regulations directly impact the profitability of manufacturers.

Smart manufacturing is driving new opportunities.

Advances in technologies such as the Internet of Things, are enabling devices to get smarter.

These intelligent devices can be easily integrated into a facility and provide access to information about energy usage in real time.

Energy monitoring and efficiency technologies are advancing their real-time data capabilities and mobility. To remain competitive organisations need to keep informed of the latest technology advances in power and energy management. To address this, Rockwell Automation has developed solutions to help monitor, manage and optimize energy usage to reduce overall energy costs

Mr John Hutchings - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr John Hutchings

 CEO – Pro-Visual Publishing

Interactive Wine Producers Safety Guide


John Hutchings has worked in Publishing for the past 30 years with extensive experience in communicating effective safety messages and brand coverage with the world’s top 500 companies.

John offers a leading-edge platform of service to bring industry, business and community together in order to protect, educate and encourage health, safety and wellbeing standards throughout the world.

He is focused on maintaining Pro-Visual’s edge as one of the most highly awarded publishing companies in Australia through working with key industry experts. Currently he influences over 40 industries in Australia & New Zealand with over 21 years of experience in these global markets.

He is aligned with all leading industry and governing bodies to raise the level of WHS, Health and Wellbeing, Education and food safety issues.

His belief is that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure their workers are protected and he looks forward to spreading the word even further at a truly global level. John takes great pride in his achievements and the fact that every person is entitled to get home to their families the same way they left them.

John’s ability to lead and grow the company without losing touch with each and every employee is what makes him a seasoned professional whose expertise has helped the top 500 corporations develop a creative new approach to their marketing strategies. Specialties: graphic design, leadership, sales training, marketing and contract negotiation, Member of the Institute of Company Directors. Pro-Visual is 100% Australian owned and made.

Presentation Abstract

The Wine Producers Guide to Safety is an annual publication that contains information on the most up-to-date health and safety issues affecting the Wine Industry. The Guide is produced by Pro-Visual Publishing, in collaboration with Australian Vignerons and Wine Federation Australia.

The 2016/17 edition focused on preventing and recognising symptoms of heat stress, manual handling safety procedures, including moving and stacking barrels, and machinery operation safety.

Displaying the Guide in wineries, vineyards and distilleries across Australia will serve as a constant visual reminder of the importance of health and safety and reducing potential hazards. While the printed format provides an easy reference point for workers, the guide is more than simply a poster.

Pro-Visual Publishing has combined print and digital to produce interactive print. By downloading the free Pro-Vis AR app wine industry workers will have access to 3D animations, videos and informative PDFs, ensuring they have the latest information and resources right at their fingertips. The interactive components on the guide are also engaging and useful to assist with in-house staff training.

The emergence of Augmented Reality within the wine industry is continuing to grow and shows immense potential for wine brands and winemakers, through AR apps.

Mr Malcolm Deery - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mr Malcolm Deery

 Group General Manager – HSE – Programmed

The Business Value of Good Work Place Safety


ASX listed Programmed (PRG) is a leading provider of staffing, maintenance and facility management services and directly employ more than 20,000 people across a broad range of industries to provide services for more than 10,000 customers.

Malcolm commenced at Programmed in 2010 as the Group General Manager (Health, Safety & Environment) and was charged with standardising the processes, system, practices, behaviours and culture across this geographically and culturally diverse organisation to deliver Zero Harm.

Since Malcolm took on this challenge, Programmed has defined and adopted their ZeroHarm culture across the group, introduced consistent governance processes around safety and has seen an 80%+ reduction in injury frequency rates and a 50% reduction in worker’s compensation costs.

Malcolm advises the Programmed Board on HSE matters including ensuring that the Board meets diligence obligations under the harmonised WHS legislation and is a member of the organisation’s Risk Committee.

On the strength of the results that have been achieved at Programmed, Malcolm has been approached by a number of Programmed customers to assist them with defining and implementing their own workplace safety improvement initiatives.

Malcolm brings 25+ years of experience in his chosen field and has worked across a variety of industries in this capacity, including: manufacturing, aviation, resources, and retail. Combining his extensive experience with strong facilitation skills and a supportive managerial style, Malcolm focusses on organisational and strategic development to successfully influence and help organisations integrate safety into operations as a key business imperative.

Presentation Abstract

Programmed has an unequivocal objective of Zero Harm. Zero Harm to our employees, our customers, our contractors and Zero Harm to the environment. A noble objective but how and why do you move toward this goal? The rationale for good work place safety has to be a reason beyond meeting moral / societal expectations or avoiding the gaze of the regulator. These are very much very good reasons to focus on safety however, experience tells us that these alone do not maintain sustained reduced injury rates.

In this presentation, Malcolm will share how Programmed has captured the imagination of its operational teams with the vision that once you get past the human side of an injury that it is no more than an unplanned event. In turn, how by engaging people in a conversation about how they might be injured and taking steps to avoid these injuries work becomes more efficient. That is, good safety doesn’t just eliminate waste (for example reduced workers comp costs) but it adds value. In addition, the governance framework that Programmed has in place to oversee the Zero Harm journey will be shared.

Dr Damien Rankine - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Dr Damien Rankine

 Research & Development Manager – Dominant

Reducing Contamination and Product Taint Risk, Through Innovative Cleaning Chemicals


Damien Rankine is currently the Research & Development Manager at Dominant, driving new product development and providing ongoing product quality to the business. Damien completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and subsequent PhD in Material Science, with Christopher Sumby at the University of Adelaide. In 2014, Damien joined Dominant and has been involved in the formulation of new leading-edge industrial, household and personal care products, which includes liquids, powders and tablets. Damien now leads the R&D team and enjoys using chemistry and new technology to find innovative approaches to real world problems. .

Presentation Abstract

This session will feature a presentation by Damien Rankine Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons), on recent innovation in the field of chemicals used for cleaning tanks, pipes and bottling lines in wine production facilities.

Jo Marshall - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Jo Marshall

 Chief Culturiser - Culturise

 The Difference Collective – Helping Your Community’s Future


Jo Marshall (B.Bus, Dip Franchising) is well known to the WEA following her years as General Manager at Programmed. She now has a dual role. She still works for Programmed as an Executive Diversity Mentor – supporting over 100 senior executives and high potential women across the Programmed group. When not doing that, Jo is running her very successful business – Culturise. Jo has launched her business to help other organisations build strong, diverse and lasting cultures of success. Drawing on 20 years of leadership and team build experience a diverse range of industry sectors including Grocery, Pharmaceutical, Health and Fitness and trade related sectors her stories are not only fun and entertaining, but point to some very simple and logical strategies to make your business a better place to work.

Presentation Abstract

Jo Marshall’s session at the close of our conference has become somewhat of a tradition over recent years.  Jo previously led a team of up to 200 staff at Programmed Property services.  Last year she stepped down from that role to further pursue her passion for organisational culture, people and diversity.  Programmed remain an important part of Jo’s work as she now runs a national mentoring programme for around 100 senior females across the group.  At this year’s conference, she will be talking about a large employment project her business – Culturise – is driving.  The Difference Collective is an innovative platform for local – especially regional – communities and employers to engage with to support work experience and education for people from a range of backgrounds.  There is never any doubt that Jo’s session will leave you with strong food for thought about your business and how you can improve the quality of working life for you and those around you.

Mark Gishen - WineEng 2017 Speaker




Mark Gishen

 Project Manager Environmental & Technical – SAWIA

 Workshop – Understanding the Electricity Market: How to Reduce Costs


In his position as Project Manager—Environmental & Technical at the South Australian Wine Industry Association Mark’s projects include assisting industry in environmental compliance, resource efficiency, energy management, climate change adaptation, waste reduction, and policy development and advocacy. Mark has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering (biotechnology) with over 25 years wine industry experience in a wide range of areas spanning from winery production to applied research and wastewater management.

Workshop Participants & Content

Confused about the electricity market? Want to know how to reduce your costs?

A 1-hour industry briefing. The South Australian Wine Industry Association will convene a panel discussion session on the electricity market specifically tailored for the wine industry with the panel being made up of representatives from key areas of the energy sector inc:

Energy brokers and retailers:

  • Dean Willis - Executive Director Operations at Energy4Business, an independent energy broker and manager
  • Ben Gregory - Senior Account Manager at Flow Power, a transformative licenced energy retailer that helps businesses access the wholesale electricity market as well as manage their load and reduce power bills.

Energy efficiency consultants:

  • Nick Palousis - CEO of 2XE, a specialist business and engineering consulting team delivering resource efficiency and productivity solutions.

Network operators:

  • Joe Caruso - Major Customer Manager at SA Power Networks which operates the distribution network that stretches across South Australia.


Workshop summary:

Join us with the above panel of experts as we explain some of the main questions and challenges faced by vineyards and wineries in how you use and consume electricity, including:

  • How are prices likely to change in the future?
  • What are the key causes of the price increases? (Renewables? Gas supply? Network?)
  • Why are SA prices higher than other States?
  • Confused by your energy bills? Learn how to understand them.
  • How are network charges changing?
  • What can I do to minimise my electricity costs?
  • Explaining the jargon about: Energy efficiency, Procurement & brokering, Peak shaving, Shifting load, Power generation and storage …
  • How can I get data about my usage pattern?


This briefing will be suitable for anyone with responsibility for purchasing electricity and managing production, e.g. owner/operators, site managers, production supervisors, purchasing and financial officers