Mark Bourne has over 25 years’ experience in the wine industry with several wine and agri-tourism businesses based in the Southern Highlands. Mark was the founding president of the Southern Highlands vignerons association and has led the region twice more over a 15-year period. As a respected strategic thinker and advocate he has been a board member of the National Wine Grape and Wine Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University and is highly skilled in business management, event planning and management, industry research innovation and technology, coupled with strong communication and media skills.
Mr Bourne is the current Chair of the Board and President of the NSW Wine Industry Association and a a committee member for the national organisation Australian Grape and Wine. Locally he is a member of Wingecarribee visitor economy taskforce and joint visitor economy working group coordinator for the Southern Highland Key Stakeholders Group. His strong passion for the agriculture, tourism and regional visitor economy growth alongside his experience in advocacy is a valuable asset to the DSSS board.