Mark Littler – TWSA President
Mark is a born and bred Tasmanian having lived in Tasmania’s north-west region most of his life. He was educated at Wynyard’s St Brigid’s Primary School before attending Marist College in Burnie.
Like many people from North-West Tasmania, Mark’s background is in the Dairy Industry having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Dairy Food Science) at the University of Melbourne. During his career, he has enjoyed employment with several of the local dairy industry’s major companies including management and supervisory roles at UMT, Bonlac, Fonterra and more recently as general manager of Betta Milk, a role he combined with duties as the general manager/master distiller of Hellyers Road Distillery.
Through his days in the Dairy Industry, Mark honed his skills in production quality, laboratory testing as well as cheese and powder making. Surprisingly these skills are well suited to whisky production making Mark’s initial transition from dairyman to distiller relatively seamless.
His understanding of the unique local climate and abundant natural resources, combined with many years studying the art of distilling, enables him to craft single malt whiskies that are quickly becoming internationally lauded for their high quality.
Today his sole focus is as the general manager and master distiller of Hellyers Road, while still finding time to spend time with his wife Rachelle and their three children.
Cameron (Cam) Brett – TWSA Vice 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.
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 Devil’s Distillery, which was established in 2015. John met the director, Rocky Caccavo, working on a completely different project. He asked if John wanted to see the site for a distillery that he was going to start up, it was an easy decision and he has been involved since then.
Devil’s Distillery has won numerous awards for their Moonshine 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”. While he likes plans and spread sheets, generally he will trust his gut feeling to 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 already 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.
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.