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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.

  • Brenton (Alby) Taylor
    General Manager

    Alby Taylor has over 30 years of experience as a professionally-qualified business leader with proven ability to achieve exceptional results. Alby is the General Manager of the Australian Beverages Council. His achievements at the Australian Beverages Council, and previous work at ANZ Stadium, Moorebank Sports Club and the National Rugby League demonstrate his capacity to realise organisational goals and generate results while nurturing business development and growth.

    Alby has previously worked as a Director, Chief Executive and Company Secretary at numerous peak bodies including the Council of Small Business of Australia, Sydney Olympic Park Business Association and Australian Gift and Homewares Association.

  • Melanie Pauga
    Technical and Regulatory Affairs Manager

    Melanie joined the Australian Beverages Council in November 2016 with a strong background and expertise in regulatory, technical and scientific affairs. She is the Secretary of the Australian Beverages Council’s Technical & Regulatory Affairs Committee (TRAC) and the Australasian Bottled Water Institute Committee (ABWIC).

    Melanie started her career at Fonterra in her native country of New Zealand, after completing a Masters in Human Nutrition and a Bachelor of Food Technology at Massey University. She has held roles in regulatory, quality and nutrition in a board range of FMCG organisations including Woolworths, Unilever and Abbott Nutrition.

    Melanie often returns to New Zealand to visit family and friends. She enjoys watching the All Blacks beat the Wallabies, sampling the wide variety of amazing food available in this corner of the world and religiously attending reformer Pilates.

  • Shae Courtney
    Public Affairs Manager

    Shae is an experienced Communications professional with in-depth experience in Research, Public Health, Aged Care, FMCG and Higher Education. He is the Secretary of the Australian Beverages Council’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and Juice Australia
    Committee (JAC).

    Having started his career with stints in radio and print journalism (he’s contributed to The Australian, The Herald Sun, AAP, HR Monthly and Right Now), Shae found his niche in Public Affairs, combining Media Relations with Corporate Strategy.

    Shae has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from The University of Melbourne. He was previously a Research Associate at The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at The University of Auckland. In his spare time, he can be found pounding the pavement (he’s a keen runner), camping with friends or thumbing the pages of the weekend papers.

  • Neil Godfrey
    Administration Manager

    Neil is the Administration Manager at the Australian Beverages Council. Neil developed a successful career within Administration Management with Energy and Carbon Solutions, an engineering consultancy, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World, a grass roots environmental organisation, and OceanWatch Australia, a not for profit for the marine environment. He also worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation within the broadcaster’s national Radio Current Affairs. His skills base includes business and financial management, communications plus operational and project management.

    Neil was born in Perth and grew up pursuing a comprehensive education combined with playing competitive sport. At the age of sixteen, he discovered music and theatre which became his great passions. At the University of WA, he gained a Bachelor of Science (Double Major) and a Master of Science (Prelim), returning for a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management within the University of NSW.

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