Neil Hadley

First Aussie elected chair of Institute of Masters of Wine

September 20, 2020
By Alana House

The Institute of Masters of Wine has elected Taylors General Manager, Export, Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation.

“I’m honoured to take up this prestigious position and am especially proud to be the first-ever Australasian MW in the role,” Hadley said.

“We have plenty of challenges before us, but the opportunity to be an integral part of the team that faces and overcomes these challenges is really exciting and I am looking forward to making my contribution to this chapter in the IMW’s ongoing story.”

As chair, Hadley will head up the IMW’s Council, a board of 14 international Masters of Wine, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the IMW. There are currently 409 MWs working in 30 countries.

Hadley has been an MW for more than half his life, passing the exam in 1993. At the time, he was the youngest member of the IMW at just 26 years of age.

His career in wine started in the UK wine trade, joining retailers Lay & Wheeler in 1984, after which he spent time travelling and working through the vineyards of Australia. He returned to the UK in 1987 to take a position in education at Grants of St James’s School of Wine.

A few years later Hadley moved permanently to Australia, and his career included marketing manager for winemaker Rosemount Estate, brand director for Penfolds wines and ultimately the group product development director within the Southcorp global marketing team.

Taylors Wines

After a stint at Villa Maria Estate in New Zealand, Hadley joined Taylors Wines, where he has worked for the past 13 years.

“We are very proud of Neil’s achievement and appointment as the IMW chair, more so given he’s the first Australian-based MW to do so,” said Taylors MD Mitchell Taylor. “Neil is a key part of Taylors ongoing export growth and I’m sure he will bring the same tenacity to his role as IMW chair. We look forward to celebrating his ongoing work with the IMW at the pending Symposium to be held in Adelaide in 2022.”

Hadley takes over the role of chair from Adrian Garforth MW, whose two-year tenure officially ended at the IMW’s annual general meeting earlier this week.

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