About

A Short Overview

 

McLaren Vale Enterprises is a newly established manufacturing and packaging business, situated at 50 Chalk Hill Road and is a sister site to its larger subsidiary, Barossa Enterprises.

Our services provide premium packaging solutions to the local wine industry and business to include packaging, delabelling and over-stickering with a view to increasing services on-site, to produce custom timber display boxes, pallets, bins and a decanting service.

As a group, Barossa Enterprises, Clare Valley Enterprises and McLaren Vale Enterprises has grown to become the largest employer of People with Disability in regional SA, where we support over 100 people across the regions. We also provide community support through programs, where we help people build their independence, be more active in the community and grow their friendship base.

Our services continue to expand as the sector changes, but one thing remains the same…we believe in the abilities of all individuals and that all people have the right to a good life.

 

Board Management

Our Board

Neville Smith

Neville Smith

president

Neville is Managing Director of two general insurance companies and is also a retired Certified Financial Planner, having passed this business over to former employees in July 2012. Neville has been involved in the community and sporting organisations since his teenage years and has been recognised with life membership of three organisations he has represented. In 2003, Neville filled a casual vacancy to the Board and two years later, was elected to the role of President and has held the position since that time.

Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy

vice president

Andrew has recently retired from the role of Production Director at the Yalumba Wine Company, a premium, family owned, Barossa winery. Andrew has been making wine since 1985 and his production experience provides valuable strategic insight into the industry. Andrew is also the founding Chair of the Barossa & Light Riding for the Disabled and has continued in the role since 2008. Andrew has volunteered his time and expertise as a Director since 2010.

Patrick O'Neil

Patrick O'Neil

treasurer

Patrick is the former Manager of the Business Performance Team in the Strategy & Planning Department at Yalumba Winery, Australia’s oldest family owned winery. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and brings 14 years of local and international commercial experience to the role of Treasurer. With a love of wine, he has spent most of his working life in the Barossa Valley, and briefly in the Napa Valley, California from 2014-2016.  Patrick now works for Yambah Aquiculture, an abalone farming business that exports produce into the Asian market.

John Walker

John Walker

director

John has worked in Sales roles since the late 1970’s and provides a sales and new business focus to the Board. He rejoined the Board in 2016 after previously being a member for 9 years in the early 2000’s. During that time, John has helped develop a commercial focus and increased business professionalism.

Barry Penna

Barry Penna

director

Barry recently retired from Taylors Wines, a major premium wine producer, in the region. He comes from a farming background and understands the close relationship between the land and prosperity. With a strong commitment to local community, he is currently chairing four local not for profit committees and has been a Justice of the Peace for South Australia since 1980. Barry has been involved since 2002 as a parent representative and Director.

Neil White

Neil White

director

Neil is the Education Director, Lower and Mid North Schools and commenced on the Board in 2014. Neil brings over twenty five years of experience to BE as both an educator, focused on curriculum and learning support, and as a community leader working to create opportunities for all school leavers. Whilst Neil was Principal at Nuriootpa High School, a long-term collaborative relationship has been formed with Barossa Enterprises through the school’s District Disability Unit where many of BE’s supported employees had their first introduction to work through work experience with Barossa Enterprises. Neil’s commitment to this relationship has been important for the further development of opportunities for young people living with disability within the local community.

Marika Leopold

Marika Leopold

director

Marika has re-joined the Board after a 2 year hiatus.  An expert in disability teaching and mentorship, Marika is a lecturer at TAFE SA and provides strategic and practical knowledge of the disability support sector in South Australia.  Prior to TAFE, Marika was a Senior Employee at Barossa Enterprises, bringing a unique set of skills, experience and perspective to the Board of Directors.

Ray Todd

Ray Todd

director

Ray is a well respected leader in the Wine Industry. In the 1990’s he commenced his own operation, Barossa Bottling which grew to support a large number of wineries over the 20+ years of operation. Barossa Bottling is a key supplier of wine packaging services to small and medium wineries and regularly supported Barossa Enterprises through the purchasing of our packaging and timber products. Ray’s business was sold to San Miguel Yamamura, who continues to support Barossa Enterprises. Barossa Enterprises and Barossa Bottling have enjoyed a long and successful working relationship and we look forward to further developing our products under Ray’s mentorship. Ray has generously provided his time and advice to our operations in the past and we are excited to have this officially established through Ray becoming a Director of Barossa Enterprises.

Lynn Chopping

Lynn Chopping

secretary

Lynn has been an active member of the Board, with lived experience of support needs of people with disability. Ben, Lynn’s youngest son, was employed at Barossa Enterprises for 12 years until his passing in 2016. Lynn regularly volunteers her time at the Barossa site and on the Board. She has been a dedicated Board Member since 2011 and is honoured to contribute towards the growth and advancement of McLaren Vale Enterprises.

Management Team

Garry Velt

Garry Velt

chief executive officer

Garry has worked in the Disability Sector for the past twelve years and prior to that spent ten years with Employment Services supporting people experiencing disadvantage. He has managed the operations of South Australia’s largest Employment Service Providers at an operational and executive level and was a founding director of two recruitment &  training organisations. Garry has personal experience of the social and financial impact that disability often has on families and is committed to reduce this burden through the delivery of effective support.

Garry has an Honours Degree focussing on Public Policy and a Diploma in Social Science, a Diploma in Business Management and Cert IVs in Disability, Training & Assessing and Employment Services.

Barry Sims

Barry Sims

employee services manager

Catherine Baylis

Catherine Baylis

home & community support manager

Catherine has worked in the Disability and Employment Services Sector for the past 16 years. With a strong focus on community involvement, she has 6 years’ experience in chairing community based Boards and participation in Council Access and Inclusion Committees. Catherine has experience in delivering programs designed to increase participation in the workforce and developing the capacity of people already in the workforce. These include Career Development Services, Skills for All community based projects, Workplace Rehabilitation Services and National Panel Assessor Services. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Graduate Cert in Business Management.

Rick Collis

Rick Collis

production manager

Rick has been the Production Manager for eight years. He has previous experience working in wineries, pallet and car manufacturing. His qualifications include a Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business, ISPM-15 Fumigation, Certificate 4 in Disability, Senior First Aid and Sales experience.

Kerry Hampel

Kerry Hampel

branding & business relationship manager

Kerry builds brand awareness and develops & maintains key relationships across the organisation. Kerry has a background in the Wine Industry with experience in business operations, marketing, sales, events and IT.

Prior to this role, Kerry operated her own consultancy business specialising in business development and support.

Karina Piro

Karina Piro

community engagement manager

Karina creates and manages new programs that encourage people with a disability to engage in the community and increase skills to become more independent. In the years previous to this role, she worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Karina has a background in the Wine Industry with a focus on Sales, Marketing and customer service. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Wine Marketing and Certificate IV in Disability.

Matt Yorke

Matt Yorke

shared services manager