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Peak industry body representing the $7 billion non-alcoholic beverages industry.

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The Australian Beverages Council is managed by a team of dedicated staff with expertise in their respective areas.

  • Geoff Parker
    Chief Executive Officer

    In 2009, Geoff was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Beverages Council. Since then, Geoff has successfully managed two mergers, significantly raised the Beverages Council’s profile with key stakeholders and firmly positioned the organisation as the peerless, respected voice of the $7+ billion non-alcoholic beverage industry in Australia.

    In 2010, Geoff was elected President and Asia-Pacific Regional Director of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA). In 2012 he was elected for a consecutive two-year term. Geoff also serves on the Board of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA), and in 2017 was elected as its Vice-President. Geoff has been on the ICBWA Board since 2009.

    Geoff has over 20 years’ involvement in boardrooms including global training companies, national not-for-profits, arts organisations, public companies, statutory authorities and international associations in both director and chair roles.

    Geoff is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds qualifications from The University of Queensland and The University of Cambridge. Geoff divides his time between Sydney, Brisbane and overseas markets. He is a rugby tragic, terrible golfer, avid runner and enjoys cooking and wine matching.

  • Cathy Cook
    Head of Corporate Affairs

    Cathy Cook is a highly experienced advocacy and strategy professional whose experience includes managing complex landscapes with diverse stakeholder groups throughout the globe. A former Australian diplomat and MinIsterial adviser, Cathy has promoted Australian interests in China, India and the United States. She has received three awards from the Australian Government for her crisis work. Working in the private sector for the past 15 years in Washington DC with both corporates and trade bodies she managed high impact litigation, crisis response, influence campaigns and advocacy.

    Cathy holds qualifications from Monash and Sydney universities. When not working she can be found spending time with family and friends, enjoying good music and art, planning which part of the world she can explore next, and, after over a decade in north-eastern USA, barracking for her ice hockey team.

  • Lianna McGeary
    Technical Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager

    Lianna hails from Ireland, where she discovered her flair for all things Food Science. Luckily, Lianna now calls Australia home and brings experience in Research and Development, Regulatory Affairs and New Product Development to the Australian Beverages Council.

    Lianna is a food and drink guru with a passion for detail and a history of notable success. She has supported a number of product launches with major UK and Irish retailers, one of which received the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award from Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

    At Queen’s University Belfast, she received her Bachelor of Science in Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition with Honours. She is also a qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor and enjoys sharing her nutritional expertise via social media platforms. In her spare time, you will find her trying out new brunch spots in Sydney on her quest to find the best!

    As Secretary of The Technical Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Committee (TSRAC) and Australasian Bottled Water Institute Committee (ABWIC), Lianna is sharing her wide-ranging expertise with the Australian Beverages Council’s Members who will be supported by her pragmatism, scientific approach and strong decision-making skills.

  • Charlotte Milne
    Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager

    Charlotte joins the ABCL with 7 years’ experience in local and international retail markets. Beginning her corporate career at Tesco Group Plc, Charlotte forged her career in sustainability and responsible sourcing.

    Since arriving in Australia in 2015, Charlotte has worked as a sustainability lead for one of the nation’s largest retailers and has continued to expand her skillset after diversifying into commercial roles in category and account management, working for both the retailer and supplier.

    With a background in Marine Biology, conserving the planet’s resources has continued to be one of Charlotte’s great passions and one she now brings to her work at the ABCL.

    In her down time Charlotte can be found either on her yoga mat or enjoying the beaches of Sydney’s north shore.

  • Kate Tomlinson
    Office Manager

    Kate comes from a strong finance and admin background, starting her career in banking but soon learned her passion lies in working for Not-For-Profits to help make a difference to the world she lives in. Applying her 30 year skill set to her everyday tasks she does in the background keeps the team in check and keeps Kate enthusiastic about the industry she works in.

    As a lover of numbers, in her spare time you will find her doing number puzzles, researching her family tree or DJing.

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