Brewers Board

The Board of the Brewers Association of Australia comprises leaders in beer production with decades of experience both within Australia and globally. The Board has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation, including:

  • Oversight of the Brewers Association of Australia’s annual budget;
  • Setting and implementing the priorities for the Association, as well as agreeing on courses of action in implementing the Strategic Plan in accordance with agreed policy imperatives;
  • Establishing Committees;
  • Receiving advice from Committees and the Secretariat; and
  • Appointing the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board also makes decisions on the admittance of new members, based on the guidelines and criteria within the Brewers Association of Australia Constitution…

Dr Tim Cooper AM – Chair

Tim is an icon of Australian brewing. A fifth-generation brewer, he is Managing Director and Chief Brewer of Coopers Brewery in Adelaide.

Tim began his professional life as a doctor, completing medical studies (MBBS, Adelaide) in 1979. He practised hospital medicine for nine years, working mainly in the UK as a Registrar in medicine and cardiology. He conducted medical research in Bristol to complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD, Bristol) in 1990.

He has written several papers on the investigation of pulmonary embolism, along with other papers on cardiopulmonary disease. Tim took time off medicine in 1986-87 to study Brewing Science (MSc, Birmingham) before joining the family company in 1990.

After starting in the brewery as Technical Manager, Tim became Operations Manager in 1993 and, subsequently, Operations Director in 1997. He studied part-time from 1995-97, obtaining an MBA from the University of Adelaide in 1998. From 1999-2001 he was responsible, as Project Director, for the development of the construction of Coopers Brewery at Regency Park. He became Managing Director in 2002.

In 2018 Tim was elected President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the largest global professional body representing brewers, distillers, maltsters and cider makers.

Tim was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for service to the brewing sector, particularly through environmentally sustainable production and manufacturing practices, to professional organisations, and to the community.

Danny Celoni

Danny Celoni is the CEO of Carlton & United Breweries, Australia’s largest brewer with a history dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. Danny joined CUB from PepsiCo in 2022, where he was CEO of their Australia, NZ & South Pacific business.

Danny commenced his beverages career with Diageo in 1996 where he rose, over a 17-year career, to become Commercial Director for Australia, NZ & South Pacific.

In his time with Diageo, Danny also held senior executive roles in Singapore, Korea and Thailand.

David Smith

David leads Lion’s Australian beer business, alongside the company’s local craft beer and premium craft spirits portfolio.

With more than 30 years’ experience across general management, marketing and sales, David most recently served as Managing Director for Diageo in Southern Europe. Prior to that appointment he spent five years leading the Diageo business in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and four years as Country Director for Ireland.

Already a leader and a familiar face within the Australian hospitality industry, David is a passionate builder of brands, people and strong commercial partnerships.