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Nick Carne takes on executive role at WCA

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) have announced Nick Carne as its new executive officer, taking over from Jeffrey Wilkinson who has retired after almost five years in the role.

Carne said he has remained closely involved with WCA since stepping down from the board last year and valued the opportunity to get back into the action.

“I think WCA is ready to take some big steps and to grow into not just an even better professional organisation but a genuine communications conduit for the industry,” Carne said.

Angus Barnes, WCA chair, said the board were delighted to work with Carne, who has been a communications manager for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and also runs his own consultancy firm in Adelaide.

“Nick already has comprehensive experience and understanding of the operations and strategy of Wine Communicators of Australia, having previously served as a director on the national Board,” Barnes said.

Among plans to challenge, refine and update the strategic direction of WCA, Carne will also be responsible for ensuring members see the organisation as both valuable and viable in the long run.

“To this end, Nick, along with members of the national Board and State Chapters plan on visiting a number of member and non-member wine businesses in 2015 to communicate our proposition and seek further feedback.”

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