The team at the Brewers Association of Australia is responsible for delivering the Board's strategic priorities and is dedicated to working proactively and constructively with governments, industry, community groups and the media to improve appreciation of the contribution the beer sector makes to modern Australia - economically, socially and environmentally...
Brett Heffernan - CEO
Brett took up the role of Chief Executive Officer with the Brewers Association of Australia in February 2017. He is a Director of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code and a Council Member of Alcohol Beverages Australia.
From December 2017 to December 2018 Brett was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code and Deputy Chair of the ABAC Management Committee.
In November 2019, Brett was appointed to the Executive Committee of Alcohol Beverages Australia.
Over 2011-16 Brett served as Senior Press Secretary to the then Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Brett has amassed extensive experience across a variety of fields, including as a metropolitan journalist in Melbourne before his first foray into politics as Media and Political Advisor to a string of federal MPs, which saw him live on the Gold Coast, in far north Queensland and outback Western Australia.
Making the switch to industry strategy, advocacy, government relations and communications, Brett moved to Canberra where he had roles as General Manager - Public Affairs for the National Farmers' Federation (2006-11), Public Affairs Manager for the Australian Private Hospitals Association (2002-06) and Media and Communications Manager for the National Health and Medical Research Council (2000-02).
Over this industry period Brett won 13 state and national Awards for Excellence under the Public Relations Institute of Australia's annual Golden Target Awards, orchestrating highly successful national policy and issues-based campaigns.
Brett holds a Bachelor's degree from Deakin University with a double major in Journalism and Political Science, as well as sub-majors in International Relations, Economic and Social Studies, Policy Studies and History.
Sarah Lovett - Project/Office Manager
Sarah joined the Brewers Association in August 2016.
She spent 15 years working in the fields of Information Technology, Sales and Operations Management in the pharmaceuticals industry in Sydney.
Prior to that, Sarah was a retail trainer for NSW lotteries.
After starting a family, she moved back to Canberra. With Brewers, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Association, as well as the Secretariat functions of the Technical Committee.
From December 2016 to June 2017, Sarah managed a major project in the Tasmania Beer Trail - a joint venture between the Brewers Association and the Tasmanian Government, promoting beer from grain to glass across the Apple Isle.
Sarah has managed several special events, including the State of Origin, Brewers Nights and Taste of Tasmania events at Parliament House on behalf of Brewers.