Chief Executive Officer Vacancy

The Australian Distillers Association Inc (ADA) is a member-based peak industry body for Australian craft distillers and was founded in 2004. The ADA has undergone significant growth in recent years and expects to continue the growth in membership and the complexities that members will face.

We are searching for our inaugural CEO who will report into the Executive Committee of the ADA, which is a board of distillers representing all elements of the industry. The CEO will have one direct report, an Executive Officer.

The role of CEO is to represent and promote the interests of the ADA as its most senior leader. The CEO will work with fellow industry bodies, government, stakeholders as well as engaging and growing the membership base.

Candidates will preferably have demonstrated experience in managing a member-based organisation and undertaken advocacy, liaison and relationship building within government as well as experience in media engagement.

Remuneration commensurate with experience will be offered.

The position description is: ADA CEO Position Description.

Applications for the role including a cover letter of no more than two pages, should be submitted to our Executive Officer Mimma White, via email only,

Applications close at 5pm Friday June 25. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.


Brandy, Rum and Whisky Guidance Summary

The ADA has prepared a ADA Guidance Summary for members to assist with the legal definitions in Australia of brandy, rum and whisky.


2020 ADA National Conference and Annual General Meeting

The ADA Annual Conference Goes Virtual: The Spirit of Togetherness – 16th November 2020
2020 has presented its own set of unique challenges to Australian distillers. From bush fires, to floods, to a global pandemic there has not been a more crucial time to connect, plan and overcome the obstacles facing the Australian distilling industry. Due to continued restrictions on travel and social gatherings, the ADA Annual Conference will be going virtual for the first time ever. The conference, presented via Zoom, will provide an accessible platform for members and non-members to express their ideas and contribute to the evolution of the Association and the wider industry in the current global climate.
There is still an overwhelming under representation of Australian craft in the local spirits market. Combined, Australian distillers represent less than 1% of the total spirit market. The local spirits industry still has a long way to progress in order to compete with global brands. To achieve this local and eventually global recognition, The ADA recognises and continues to nurture the union of Australian distillers through the promotion of events such as the annual conference. The opportunity to network and deliberate with key players in the local industry will only strengthen the Australian distilling community.
Event Date: Monday, 16th November 2020
  1. Online Registration: 9:00am AEDT (Sydney)
  2. Event Starts: 10:00am AEDT (Sydney)
  3. Event Concludes: 4:45pm AEDT (Sydney)
  4. Optional Extra: Virtual drinks at conclusion 5pm AEDT (Sydney)
  • The world of spirits and Australia’s place within
  • Industry debates
  • How to do business in a post-Covid world
  • The impact of Covid on the Australian market: IWSR view on recovery
  • Technical session on safety
  • Responsible marketing and packaging (ABAC)
  • AGM
  • Stu Gregor | Four Pillars Co-founder / ADA President
  • Andy Young | Managing Editor ‘The Shout’ & ‘Bars & Clubs’
  • Messages and information from sponsors


  • $50 for ADA members
  • $300 for non-members (includes annual Associate membership)
Tickets include special offers from event sponsors.
Event link:


Event Platinum Sponsor:

Manildra Group

Event Conference Drinks Partner:


Event Gold Sponsor:


Event Silver Sponsor

CCL Label

Midland Insurance Group

Event Sponsors:

Nip of Courage


‘The Shout’

‘Bars and Clubs’