2017 SA Annual Dinner

Wed 18 Oct 2017
7.00pm to 11.00pm

(Arrival time: 6.30pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Adelaide Town Hall
King William Street
Adelaide SA


Single Members: A$180.00 Non-members: A$215.00 Table Members, Table of 10: A$1,650.00 Non-members, Table of 10: A$2,000.00

Glenn Cooper AM FAICD

Glenn Cooper AM FAICD

Chairman, Coopers Brewery

Born in 1950 and educated at Prince Alfred College, Glenn is a fifth generation Cooper.

Glenn commenced his career as an automotive electrician, and later studied computing and marketing, gaining an Associate Diploma in Business.

After completing his studies, Glenn entered the computing field, joining the firm Anderson Digital Equipment. After two years, he was appointed National Distribution Manager and relocated to Victoria.

In 1983, Glenn returned to South Australia to set up a private business in computer sales and contract services. This company grew to a substantial size with offices in Adelaide and Brisbane.

In July 1990, Glenn joined the family brewery. He held the the responsibility of Marketing and oversaw the launch of numerous beers in the Coopers range, including Dark Ale, Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Mild Ale, Premium Lager, and more recently, Coopers Clear.

In the past, Glenn has been Chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Committee (1994-1999) and Chairman of the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority (1998-2006). For a number of years, Glenn has served on the Board of the Australian Made Campaign, and in May 2014 he was appointed as their Chairman.

In 2002 Glenn received a Centenary Meda, and in 2005 he was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia, for service to the food and beverage industry, and to the community through support for cultural, charitable and sporting organisations.

In 2007 Glenn completed the Kokoda Track, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Colonel Geoff Cooper.

Glenn retired from his executive position at Coopers Brewery in 2014, but retains his role as Chairman and continues to promote Coopers around Australia and internationally.

Anthony Paech GAICD

Anthony Paech GAICD

Managing Director, Beerenberg Farm

Anthony Paech is one of Australia’s most passionate advocates of premium food.

As the head of Beerenberg, one of Australia’s best loved, iconic, family-owned brands and producers of jams, sauces and condiments, Anthony has devoted the past 18 years to building a brand which is in strong demand from Australian consumers and widely available internationally through leading hotels and airlines.

As the eldest son of Grant and Carol Paech, the founders of Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, he grew up on the outskirts of Hahndorf, South Australia. School holidays were spent picking strawberries, driving trucks and working in the family’s expanding factory.

After studying in Western Australia and completing an MBA, he took the reins of the family business in 1998.

Since then he has substantially grown the Beerenberg business, expanding its range and geographic spread, building national distribution through Coles, Woolworths, independent supermarkets and specialty food outlets.

His success has been acknowledged with multiple food and business awards and industry accolades. Under his leadership, Beerenberg was named Telstra Business of the Year (SA) in 2011. His expertise and advocacy has been recognised and harnessed by his 2013 appointment to the Board of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC). He has also held the position of Chair of Food South Australia from 2010-2015 and continues to serve on it’s board.

Alister Haigh FAICD

Alister Haigh FAICD

Chief Executive

Chief Executive Alister Haigh is the fourth generation to work at Haigh’s Chocolates.  After completing a four year apprenticeship in the Haigh’s factory he moved into administration and become Company Secretary.  In 1979 Alister returned to the factory as Factory Manager and five years later was appointed General Manager of the Haigh’s group.

In 1990 Alister was appointed Joint Managing Director with his brother Simon, and in 1995 became CEO.  Since then Haigh’s Chocolates has more than trebled in size and has 14 stores including six in Melbourne and two in Sydney.

Alister is presently on the Family Business Australia (SA) Committee and a board member of the South Australian Service Skills Industry Alliance representing the retail industry.  He is also a committee member of the Variety V2 Classic Bike Run; an event he keenly participates in every year. 

Robert Hill Smith

Robert Hill Smith


Though born and possibly even bred at Yalumba, a career in wine didn’t rank as priority until a university break demonstrated the joys of being a cellar rat.

Prevented from doing Oenology by the Roseworthy preference and quota system, Robert embarked on a Business Degree majoring in Marketing at the University of SA. Wine and vine experiences across Europe in 1978/79 further whetted his appetite for the wine game and the international potential for Australian wine. From 1981, he became Export Manager at Yalumba; in 1983, Marketing Manager and 1985, Managing Director. He didn’t covet the role but it was deemed by all to be the right decision and good timing for generational change.

27 years on, The Yalumba Wine Company has restructured and refocussed on the fine wine game through estate vineyard ownership, premium brand development, importing the world’s great wines and building nationwide distribution businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

International vineyards Nautilus Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand and Voss Vineyards in Napa, USA complete the jigsaw of this 6th generation family owned winemaking company.

Ulli Spranz

Founder, Managing Director and Owner, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Pty.Ltd

B.-d. Farm Paris Creek produces a wide range of premium, multi award winning biodynamic-organic dairy products, such as milks, yogurts, butter and various European cheeses, and the Adelaide Hills Dairies brand. It is the largest certified biodynamic-organic dairy processing plant in Australia.

Ulli Spranz with her husband and young family migrated in 1987, purchased the original farm, converted it to biodynamic management, and set up their state-of-the-art processing plant, which has been extended every few years, with a major extension just recently being finished.

Production keeps increasing steadily, retailing through small and major retailers, food service, nationally and exporting.

Ulli has received the Women of Distinction award by the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women, the Rural Women’s Award South Australia, has been finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and has been inducted to the Business Women’s Hall of Fame. Ulli’s business has received numerous awards and trophies for their products and for their success, i.e. their environmental activities, their innovative approach, supporting their workforce and for their exporting activities.

This year we celebrate our local South Australian icons.

The South Australian & Northern Territory Division of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) SA Annual Dinner is one of the hallmark events of the year.

We are all familiar with many of our long standing iconic South Australian brands and companies including; Coopers Brewery, Haigh’s, Beerenberg, Bickford’s, National Pharmacies, Maggie Beer, Hills Hoist, Seeley International, just to name a few. These organisations and many others have kept 100’s of South Australian’s employed for many years and have been instrumental in the success of our State brand. We recognise that innovation drives growth, sustainability and diversification for South Australia’s businesses and the broader economy.

We therefore want to celebrate our South Australian icons and this is the theme of our 2017 Annual Dinner. Join us to celebrate our fine fare including local brands Haigh’s Chocolates, Coopers Brewery, Yalumba, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek and Beerenberg. Well-known SA legend Keith Conlon will facilitate an on the couch discussion with our guest speakers.

This year’s dinner will be held at the iconic SA venue – the Adelaide Town Hall – over 150 years old, the hall was built as a meeting place for local government and has since held many a celebration. EPICURE will deliver a feast for the senses using only local produce.

The evening promises to be an exceptional opportunity to network and reconnect with fellow business leaders of SA.

We hope to see you at this year’s Annual Dinner which is sure to be a memorable evening.

Dress: Black tie and miniatures

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Contact details

Katherine Masters
Events Coordinator
E. saevents@aicd.com.au
T. 08 8236 2808