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The KVL board consists of five directors.  Each of the directors are experienced in viticulture and wine industries. 

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 Audit Committee and a director of a number of companies managed by FABAL.

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

Chris Day was the Chief Executive Officer of FABAL from 1982 to 2024. 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 25 years experience in the wine industry and a further seven years experience in the legal, accounting, tax and merchant banking industries.

Chris is a member of the audit committee.  He is currently a director of ten public companies.

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.  He is an investor in a number of vineyards and in Kayinga Estate vineyard since its inception.

Non-executive and Independent Director

Phil has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services with key strengths in funds management,  corporate and financial service governance, having worked for several ASX listed investment companies in senior executive roles. He is currently a consultant in the funds management sector and a responsible manage for a number of Australian Financial Services Licenses as well as being a director of a not-for-profit entity in the disability sector. Phil has been an investor in the Kayinga Estate vineyard since inception.  He is a responsible manager for various Australian Financial Services Licences and a director of a not‐for-profit entity in the disability sector. Phil has been an investor in the Kayinga Estate vineyard since inception.

KVL full year financial statements June
B.Ec(Hons)(Adel Uni), Advanced Diploma of Financial Services(Supn), FAICD
Non-executive and Independent Director

Brian Benger has been a director of KVL since October 2018.  He is an experienced company director having been on the boards within the National Mutual Group, the GIO Group and the Guild Group, of which he was also the Managing Director. Brian is a former Chairman of The FABAL Group Pty. Ltd.  Until recently, Brian was a director of GMHBA and several of its subsidiaries and also a director of EngInsure Pty Ltd.  Brian remains Chairman of Mercer Financial Advice (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Brian has a long history in the management of the Kayinga Estate and is a shareholder in the company.



The FABAL Vineyards management team, led by Ashley Keegan, has in excess of 50 years’ of combined experience in the management of premium Australian vineyards. 

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

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

Ashley is responsible for the management and development of FABAL Vineyards managed viticulture projects. He has more than 25 years of viticultural management experience, and has been directly involved in the development of all the Barossa Valley properties over the past 15 years.

B App Sc.(Viticulture)
Group Viticulturist

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.

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