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Expert in Wine Technology & Analysis, IR Spectroscopy, Chemometrics, Quality Management, Commercialization

Expert ID: 726386 Australia

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Has worked in the wine industry for over 20 years, mainly in technical capacities.

Has consulted in new product development for wine-based beverage products.
Technical oversight of contract packaging operations for water products.

Extensive experience in the use of chemometrics in UV, Visible and infrared spectroscopy. Particular experience in the use of multiple linear regression, principal component analysis and regression, partial least squares, and discriminant analysis. Advanced areas include artificial neural network and locally weighted regression, in particular for practical laboratory applications.

Extensive experience in methods development for wine analysis, and troubleshooting. Implementation of calibration and maintenance strategies for routine use of FTIR in winery laboratories.

Has consulted to several companies in the wines industry in developing HACCP food safety management systems for certification. Developed a HACCP template kit for the wine industry and developed and delivered training sessions in the use and application of the kit.

Pioneered the investigation of application of infrared spectroscopy in the Australian wine industry. Has published widely in the trade publications and developed a range of user guide extension materials for the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture.

Provided technical expertise in wine processing and chemical stability to define process protocols for new wine-based products Investigated wine packaging processing lines and laboratory analytical techniques used to monitor oxygen ingress during packaging. Provided optimization strategies to improve performance. Developed quality management and food safety systems - documentation and systems, implementation and auditing. Developed pricing and quality assessment model for raw material assessment based on historical data and end-use experience. Assisted in transition of concept through to commercial implementation. Assisted winery laboratory in implementing rapid IR analytical methods together with robust systems for long term management of quality.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1988 Degree: MEngSc Subject: Biochemical Engineering Institution: University of Melbourne
Year: 1984 Degree: BEng(Chem) Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Melbourne

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for the operation and management of a specialist consultancy providing practical and versatile solutions for business management through excellence in technology and management systems. He provides specialist services in the wine industry and associated technology include: investigation and data mining and interpretation, technology review and insight, strategic and tactical planning, project management and implementing solutions, and comprehensive audit and review.
Years: 1994 to 2006 Employer: The Australian Wine Research Institute Title: Research Manager & Quality Liaison Manager Department: Research / Industry Services Responsibilities: Expert provided technical advisory and information services to industry, workshop development and new methods development. He also managed the spectroscopy research project, investigating IR and other rapid instrumental techniques for grape and wine analysis. He managed quality management systems (including laboratories).
Years: 1989 to 1994 Employer: Tyrrell's Vineyards Title: Quality And Research Manager Department: Responsibilities: He handled the management of winery laboratory, including staffing, training, technical development and budget control. He served as an internal technical consultant providing technical advice and troubleshooting. He initiated and coordinated research strategies. His environmental management responsibilities included waste treatment, waste minimization and process modification.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to 2014 Agency: Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation Role: Consultant Description: Review of progress and outcomes of research program in winery wastewater optimization; Gaps analyses in Objective measures of grape and wine quality, Process Efficiency; Winery Profitability; Climate Change Adaptability
Years: 2010 to 2015 Agency: Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources Role: Consultant Description: Developed concept plans for laboratory and warehousing facility; audited requirements

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2007 to 2009 Country / Region: Hong Kong Summary: Various 'quick consults' to financial organisations providing industry insight to assist in evaluating the impacts of technical, financial, and other trade legislative changes on business viability

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
Publications and Patents Summary
Over 40 refereed publications,
3 book chapters, and more than 70 conference posters - predominantly in the area of applications of infrared spectroscopy

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has prepared several technical reports for litigation purposes. These have included:
- evaluation of product saleability
- product spoilage by microbial contaminants
- product contamination by packaging materials
- product contamination by additives
- evaluation of processing and analytical records
Training / Seminars
HACCP Food Safety for wineries
Quality tools for small winery laboratories
Quality management starter kit (with templates) for wineries
Basic winery analysis - troubleshooting
Advanced wine analysis - rapid methods
Chemometrics applications for wineries
Vendor Selection
Packaging materials for wine bottling.
Software suppliers for custom applications development.
Analytical services (wine).
Marketing Experience
Well connected to all Australian wine industry organisations - technical, research, regulatory, advocacy, industry associations
Other Relevant Experience
Environmental sustainability
Life cycle assessment (carbon footprint) of wine
Multivariate analysis and data mining for business intelligence.
Outsourced research and development management and advice.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Very basic understanding only

Fields of Expertise

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