YOUR TEAM

KAYINGA ESTATE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board of KVL consists of four directors.  Each of the directors have significant experience in viticulture and wine industries. 

BRUCE SPANGLER
LLB
Independent Chairman

Bruce Spangler, a director appointed in February 2010, is a chartered accountant who has recently moved from the role of senior partner and chair of a significant chartered accounting firm to undertaking non executive directorship roles.  He has had experience in chairing local, national and international groups and has spent 35 years providing financial and commercial advice to and working with a large number of SMEs in many industries.  He has also been the audit partner on many significant clients as well as undertaking many intra-office reviews. He has a wealth of experience in the rural sector as well as the sporting and community areas.

Bruce is a member of the Compliance Committee and a director of a number of companies managed by FABAL.

CHRISTOPHER I DAY
MBA (Int Bus), LL.B, B.Ec, Grad Dip App Fin, Dip Fin.Serv, FAICD, FFin, CPA
Non-Independent Director

Chris Day has been the Chief Executive Officer of FABAL Group since 1982. His responsibilities include strategic management and business planning.  Chris was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Berren Asset Management Limited, manager of the International Wine Investment Fund and also worked for the Hardy Wine Company and Foster’s Wine Estates.

Chris has 23 years’ experience in the wine industry and a further seven years’ experience in the legal, accounting, tax and merchant banking industries.

Chris is the chairman of the business development committee and a member of the audit committee.  He is currently a director of ten public companies.

ANDREW MACDONALD
AFPA Snr (retired) 
Non-executive and Independent Director

Andrew has held a number of executive roles and directorships in financial advice and funds management companies including Financial Management Services, Symetry Limited and Holdfast Fund Services.  Andrew authored two subjects for Deakin University and is currently the non-executive chairman of FinaMetrica, a world leader in the measurement and application of investor's risk tolerance.  He is an investor in a number of vineyards and in Kayinga Estate vineyard since its inception.

MARK MADDOX
B Bus, CPA
Non-executive and Independent Director

Mark Maddox has extensive experience in banking and finance.  He has been a director across a number of industries acquiring a broad range of skills.  Mark was an investor in the Kayinga Estate vineyard since its inception and was involved in the initial capital raising.

BRIAN BENGER
B.Ec(Hons)(Adel Uni), Advanced Diploma of Financial Services(Supn), FAICD
Non-executive and Independent Director

Brian Benger has been a director since October 2018.  He is an experienced company director and is currently a director of 3 companies in the Mercer group, a director of GMHBA (Geelong based health insurer) and four of its subsidiaries, and a director of Enginsure Pty Ltd. Brian is a former director of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and a former Chairman of the FABAL Group. Prior to his board roles Brian had an extensive career in financial services holding roles with Ford, National Mutual (now AXA), GIO and his last executive role was a Managing Director of the Guild Group from which he retired in October 2009.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

The Management Team, led by Ashley Keegan of FABAL Operations Pty Ltd, has in excess of 50 years’ of combined experience in the management of premium Australian vineyards.  Ashley, the Chief Viticulturist, David Olssen and Nick McDonald and their Langhorne Creek team.  They are supported by Chris Dundon, the water specialist for FABAL Operations.

ASHLEY KEEGAN
MBA (Finance), B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Chief Executive Officer

Ashley has been in charge of viticulture and infrastructure management for FABAL Operations since 2003. He previously held the position of Western Australian viticultural manager for FABAL Operations, commencing with the company in April 1999.

Ashley is responsible for the management and development of the FABAL Operations managed viticulture projects. He has more than 18 years of viticultural management experience, and has been directly involved in the development of all the Barossa Valley properties over the past 13 years.

CHRIS DUNDON
BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ag (Vit), Grad Dip Bus Admin
Chief Horticultural Officer

Chris has been a member of the FABAL team since 2002.

Chris has 38 years’ experience in the wine industry throughout Australia and New Zealand, joining FABAL in September 2002.

He previously worked with Beringer BKlass Wine Estates for more than 15 years. He was the National Technical Manager of Netafim Australia (one of the world’s leading irrigation specialists) for two years.

Chris has significant expertise in the management of water licences and rights in South Australia and is the resident expert on water supply issues.

DAVID OLSSEN
B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Group Viticulturalist

David has been a member of the FABAL Operations team since January 2005.

He has experience in warm and cool climate viticulture having previously worked in the Coonawarra for Beringer Blass Wine Estates and prior to that for McGuigan Wines in the Riverland.

He also has a working knowledge of the Clare Valley through his involvement in a local family vineyard development.

David has also spent time in New Zealand in the Marlborough and Gisborne wine regions.

NICK MCDONALD
B.Ag.Sc. (Viticulture), Dip. Bus. Man.
Vineyard Manager

Nick joined FABAL in 2001 as Vineyard Manager, responsible for all aspects of the operations and management of Kayinga Vineyard.

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the wine industry having previously managed a 60ha vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, was Viticulturist for a vineyard management and development company in Western Australia, a winemaker in south-west France for a UK winemaking consultancy, Technical Assistant at Treasury's 1,300ha Coonawarra Vineyards and Technical Assistant in their central region (Clare, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley and McLaren Vale).

After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 1995 with a degree in Agricultural Science, majoring in Viticulture, Nick has gone on to complete a Diploma of Business with the Australian Institute of Management.

PHIL BARKER
CPA, FFINSA, AAICD
Non-executive and Independent Director

Phil Barker has broad financial skills including investment management,company secretarial, investor relations, commercial banking and corporate management. Phil has a comprehensive knowledge of capital raising across listed and unlisted entities and the facilitation of due
diligence processes.

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