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…

Peter Filipovic – Chair

Peter was appointed CEO of Carlton & United Breweries in January 2019 and elected Brewers Association of Australia Chair from January 2020.

Prior to this, Peter was CUB’s Business Unit President for Australia and CUB Sales Director.

Peter has held a variety of roles within the company since joining in 1997, including Sales Director On Premise, Commercial Finance Director and General Manager of Taxation.

Peter is a Board Director of DrinkWise Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Dr Tim Cooper AM – Deputy 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.

James Brindley

James is Managing Director of Lion Beer Australia and responsible for business strategy development, implementation and execution and financial, market share and stakeholder engagement outcomes.

With a finance background, a degree in economics and an MBA, James has been a part of Lion for 25 years and gained extensive experience in people and business leadership, working across Lion businesses in both China and Australia.

James is a Board Director of DrinkWise Australia and a member of the Council of Alcohol Beverages Australia. He is also a Board member of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.