The Tasmanian Whisky and Spirits Association (formerly the Tasmanian Whisky Producers’ Association – TWPA)was formed on the 21st of May 2007. It was (Lark Distillery) founder Bill Lark who in 1992 resurrected the Tasmanian distillery industry after it had been dormant since the early 1800s. In early 2007 Patrick Maguire (Tasmania Distillery) and Bill Lark recognised the need for an industry body to support and promote the strength of the now recognised, Tasmanian whisky brand.

Today we recognise the importance of the growing distilling industry in Tasmania and the increasing success of Tasmanian whiskies, gins, vodka and other spirits nationally and internationally. Together with the support of our State Government the new industry is shaping up to have a bright future, with exports and local Australian markets increasing steadily.

Cameron (Cam) Brett
TWSA President

After completing his degree in Applied Science in Natural Resource Management at the University of Canberra, Cameron moved to Hobart in 1989 to complete his honours degree in Antarctic Tourism at the Institute of Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.

Over the past 20 years Cameron has held senior positions in the Tasmanian tourism industry including with the government and private sector, including as owner of TasVacations an award-winning private travel company and founder an owner of Sullivans Cove Apartments a luxury accommodation brand around Hobarts waterfront.

Cameron and his wife Suzanne founded Tasmania’s Spring Bay Distillery in 2015 after many years of dreaming and planning and continue to work as operators and distillers. Being able to work in such a pristine environment as Tasmania’s east coast and having won awards for both their gin and single malt whisky have been highlights.

Cameron has also worked with many community and business organisations over the years such as a board member of Festival of Voices, IHOS Opera and a member of the Management Committee of the Henry Jones IXL Complex and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania.

With his wife Suzanne and two young sons Henry & George, Cameron lives and works in Hobart and on Tasmania’s East Coast.

Kristy Lark-Booth
TWSA Vice President

Kristy has been involved in the distilling industry for over 20 years. She started in the cellar door of her parents business, when she was 17. She worked her way up through the business to become Head Distiller, which was a role she thoroughly enjoyed. She learnt the art of whisky production from her father, Bill, and finesse of gin and liqueur production from her mother, Lyn.

While Head Distiller, Kristy produced award winning whisky as well as managing all the production of their other spirits. In 2008 she became the General Manager, and in 2010 won the Next Generation Award through Family Business Australia.

Sadly in 2013 the family business was sold to a group of investors – this, however, gave Kristy the opportunity to open her own distillery. Killara is the first Australian distillery to be fully owned and operated by a second generation Australian distiller, and a female!!

The passion her father has for the industry definitely rubbed off on Kristy as she is a huge advocate for not only the industry but specifically the women in the industry which is why she started the Australian Women in Distilling Association. AWDA is all about promoting and encouraging women in the distilling industry. Kristy is also on the Australian Distillers Association (ADA) committee and the TWSA committee.

Hon. Stephen Parry
TWSA Secretary

Stephen Parry has had rich life experiences in three distinct vocational lives; as a Police Officer (and Detective), Funeral Director (and Embalmer) and Senator. He has literally covered two of life’s certainties – death and taxes. Stephen is now back in the private sector jointly owning a Distillery and Civil Works Excavation operation – very much hands on in both!

Stephen brings to our Association experience at the top echelons of Association involvement. He has been a National and State President of the AFDA (Australian Funeral Directors Association), a Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as holding community organisation senior roles; across Rotary, Surf Lifesaving and Chambers of Commerce. The most significant role for Stephen was that as the 24th President of the Australian Senate, being responsible for the management and control of the most senior debating chamber in this country and representing our Federal Parliament on the National and International stage.

Stephen brings to us a unique and valuable aspect from his parliamentary experience in representation at Local, State, National and International Government levels as well as having financial management acumen and committee experience over a plethora of entities and subject areas.

Chris Condon
TWSA Treasurer

Chris is a co-owner and distiller at Launceston Distillery.

His career includes 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, together with 12 years in the brewing and distilling industries. Chris got his start in Tasmanian whisky as the inaugural distiller at Nant Distillery. He is proud to have worked for some renowned Tasmanian companies; at J. Boag and Son as a Brewing Team Supervisor, and Tasmanian Alkaloids in a variety of roles within Quality Control. This experience in manufacturing was invaluable when establishing Launceston Distillery.

Born and raised in Launceston, Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, a post-graduate brewing qualification and the IBD’s certificate in distilling.

Chris has a keen interest in sport and has been an active member of a number of sporting clubs and committees.

Chris is honoured to be a TWSA committee member, and strongly believes in its charter to protect and promote Tasmania’s distillers.

John Jarvis
Committee Member

John’s background is sales and marketing, turned business development. He has been in the industry only since the creation of Hobart Whisky, which was established in 2015. John met the director, Rocky Caccavo, working on a completely different project.

Hobart Whisky has won numerous awards for their spirit and whisky products, however awards for himself, not so much. Maybe one day though – perhaps most humorous distillery manager?

John is looking forward to being a part of the TWSA exec team. Ultimately he is a problem solver. He generally sells himself as someone that can “just get things done”. It seems to have worked well so far, and he’s looking forward to taking on more with the TWSA to make things happen.

John has previously been involved with some of the TWSA sub committees including the GI, strategic plan, and Tasmanian Whisky Week, but now he gets the fancy title. John is hoping that we can continue to grow the TWSA and it’s initiatives to provide as much support and opportunity to existing and upcoming distilleries as possible.

Damian Mackey
Committee Member

Damian and Madeleine have been involved in the Tasmanian distilling industry since establishing Mackey’s Distillery in 2006. Damian’s childhood was dominated by the family hotel in Latrobe in the State’s North West. He gained a surveying degree and started his professional life as a land surveyor in the early 1990s. In that capacity, he found himself working for Bill and Lyn Lark, just after they had established the first (legal) Tasmanian distillery since the demise of the industry in the 1830s. In 2007, Damian laid down his first whisky cask and since then, distilling has been his mainstay.

In 2015, Mackey’s Distillery merged with Shene Estate to form Shene Distillery, which continues to produce Mackey Whisky today, along with Poltergeist Gin which Damian also created. Damian spent around four years as head distiller at Shene and then worked as Callington Mill’s first head distiller at its prototype distillery.

Damian and Madeleine established New Town Distillery in 2020 and are laying down the first barrels of Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky. Like Mackey Whisky, this is triple distilled, but instead of 100% malt the mash bill also contains unmalted barley and oats.

Damian’s smooth triple distilled whisky and earthy gin have earned international recognition. He derives genuine satisfaction from working in this special Tasmanian industry which is so full of promise and passion, and in the amazing collegiate atmosphere established by the Larks. In becoming a member of the TWSA executive committee, Damian hopes to give something back to the industry that has given him so much.