Advisory Groups & Committees

Melbourne Royal® has a number of advisory groups and committees that provide support and expert advice across the Melbourne Royal Show competitions and Melbourne Royal's award programs.

Melbourne Royal has a well-connected network of industry advisory groups and committees who provide support and expert advice across the Melbourne Royal Show competitions and the Melbourne Royal award programs.

The role of a committee or industry advisory group is to work with Melbourne Royal staff to ensure the delivery of events that are relevant, engaging and assist in further education and promotion of Victorian agriculture.

The members of these committees and industry advisory groups are appointed by the Board and are experts in their field. They provide insight into the latest industry trends and movements and advice on how to refine and advance the competitions.

Melbourne Royal Competitions

All Breeds Championship Show (Dogs)

Gael Wilcock (Chair)
Judith Oliver (Vice Chair)
Tyron Atkinson
Christina John
Anthony Price
Lois Wilkinson
Kira Wilkinson

Art, Craft & Cookery

Susan Campbell-Wright, Chair
Ramona Barry
Leanne Compton
Christina Despoteris OAM
Annette Fitton
Merrilyn Laws
Pam Mawson
Malcolm Sanders
Chelsea Wearne, Committee Intern
Katrina Wheaton-Penniall


Rochelle Veitch, Chair
Madelayne (Maddy) Bissels
Emmaly Gridley
Lynda Holdsworth
Louise Lazarus
Trevor Parry
Jonathon Provis-Vincent

Beef Cattle

David Bolton, Chair
Cindy Coad
Matt Cooney, Committee Intern
Jo Mclauchlan
Sam Nelson
Duncan Newcomen
Jessica Sharp
Allen Snaith
Gary Turnham
Vanessa Wenn

Dairy Cattle

Patrick Anderson
Kristen Davis
Justin Johnston
Geoff Kirton
Edward Troutbeck
Neville Wilke


Roger Wilkinson, Chair
Paul Ferronato
Doug Hopkins
Norm Tozer
Craig Trickey
Samantha Wan
Helen Wright


Colleen Lazenby, Chair
Ian Bucknall
Steve Campbell-Wright
Elizabeth Lithgow
Michael Martin
Tim Morgan
Jason Ronald OAM
Ray Tonkin
Michael Tonta


Bernie Hearn
Dean Matthews
Elizabeth Porter
Leanne Tarranto
Warren Worboys


Michael Holmes, Chair
Natalie Akers
Murray Akers
Bill Bergin
Roger Hancock
Megg Miller OAM
Tony Milton
Neil Penny


Gavin Wall, Chair
Graeme Collins
Lynette Dehnert
Bron Ellis
Mathew Hill
Jill Noble
Tess Runting, Committee Intern
Elizabeth Russell
Bruce Starritt

Veterinarian, Biosecurity, Animal Welfare, Traceability Advisory Group 

Dr Catherine Ainsworth, Chair
Dr Chris Heislers
Dr Charles Blackwood


Melbourne Royal Awards

Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Caroline Ashford
Sebastian Costello
Stuart Gregor
Luke McCarthy
Sebastian Reaburn
Julian White
Shaun Byrne​

Australian Food Awards

Phillippa Grogan
Anna Kelly
Adrian Richardson
Carol Rothschild

Australian International Beer Awards

Craig Bowen
Justin Fox
Tina Panoutsos
Warren Pawsey
Billy Ryan
Jayne Lewis

Australian International Coffee Awards

Melissa Caia
Georgia Major
Adam Metelmann
Dean Slade

Melbourne Royal Wine Awards

Samantha Isherwood, Chair
Emma Brown
Mel Chester (Chair of Judges)
Matt Harrop
Mark O’Callaghan
Jeni Port
Rohan Smith

Melbourne Royal Initiatives

Emerging Leaders Advisory Group

Grace Calder, Chair
Tom Havers, Vice-Chair
Ashlea Cross
Danyel Cucinotta
Michaela Glasser
Jami Luhrs
Alexandra Pattinson, Committee Intern
Kimberly Pellosis
Andrew Spierings
Callum Taylor​