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Program for the night:

Event Program

  • Guest arrival and pre-event function 6pm
  • Formal proceedings begin at 6.30pm
  • Formal proceedings end at 9:30pm

The event will finish at 10:30pm

Annual Dinner Menu:


  • (GF VG) Smoked eggplant tartare, toasted sesame, bell pepper puree, wattleseed cracker, macadamia nut, pickled radish, tahini yoghurt and herb oil

Main Course

  • Roasted Humpty-doo barramundi, salt cod brandade croquettes, prawn bouillabaisse, confit fennel, snow peas and rouille contains seafood
  • (GF) Riverine beef cheek, creamy polenta, burned onion purée, charred broccoli, mustard seeds, Block 11 carrots and pickled walnut
  • (GF VE) Pan seared celeriac steak, grilled seasonal mushroom and charred onion, pickles, baby cucumber, green peppercorn and chimichurri sauce


  • (GF) ALTO olive oil, beetroot and double chocolate cake, chocolate coconut ganache, boysenberry gel, quinoa crunch, raspberries, chocolate ice cream
  • Coffee & Tea accompanied by Gold Chocolate Bonbon Petite Sweet

Speaker Bios

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEW President

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in August 2012 and a Director of Mirvac Board in November 2012.

Prior to this appointment, Susan was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management. Susan has also held senior executive positions at MGPA, Macquarie Group and Lend Lease Corporation, working in Australia, the US and Europe.

Susan is the Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, a Director of the Business Council of Australia, member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, President of INSEAD.

Australasian Council and a member of the INSEAD Global Board. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).

Keynote Speaker
Natasha Stott Despoja AO

We are pleased to announce Natasha Stott Despoja AO as the keynote speaker at the CEW Annual Dinner. Natasha will reflect on the state of gender equality today, and share bold insights for Australia’s future, drawing on her experience on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, as well as her time as an Australian politician, diplomat, gender equality advocate and author.

Natasha has worked tirelessly to further the rights of women and girls through public policy. 

Appointed as a Senator for South Australia at age 26, Natasha became the youngest woman to enter the Australian Federal Parliament, where she served from 1995 to 2008, including as Leader of the Australian Democrats.

Natasha is a Principal at Deloitte, Professor in the Practice of Politics at Australian National University and currently serves as a non-executive Director of The Australian Ballet, Global Citizen and Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer. She is also a member of the Broad Agenda 50:50 by 2030 Advisory Group and the George Washington Global Women’s Leadership Council. 

Performance by The Australian Girls Choir

The Australian Girls Choir has been providing high quality Performing Arts education and wonderful performance opportunities to many thousands of girls from across the country for more than 35 years.

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) was established in 1984 by Judith Curphey OAM, with 150 girls rehearsing in four classes in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood and Judith as the sole tutor. The appeal of their unique approach to combining dance with choral music meant that it was not long before chapters of the organisation opened in other cities around Australia. Today they are proud to have 6000 girls learning to sing, dance and perform in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Supporting women winemakers & tasting notes

Amelia Burge

Her contemporary outlook on business and dedicated approach to her professional career brings experience to her role in management and marketing at Burge Barossa.

Amelia’s university qualifications in Wine Marketing as well as her time spent working in financial services industries outside of the family business, brings intelligent ideas and influence. Together with a team of family members, winemakers and industry professionals, Amelia produces wines under the Corryton Burge and Amelia Burge Sparkling Wine labels.

Pinot Noir Chardonnay, NV
A delicate aroma of baked apples and hazelnuts complimented with yeasty fresh bread tones.

Rachel Steer
Award winning Viticulturist

Rachel Steer is our dynamic senior viticulturalist and unofficial winemaker. While studying for a degree in agricultural science (viticulture) at Adelaide University, she worked at Trig Point Viticulture where she developed an interest in sustainable growing. After graduating in 1998, she worked as an assistant vineyard manager and viticulturalist for Chapel Hill, Orlando and Coriole where she began back in 2007 to work again at Chapel Hill.

As senior viticulturalist and a pioneering advocate for sustainable wine growing, she has been responsible for transitioning our vineyards into the modern era. Rachel Steer is also a leading advocate for women working in wine.

Chapel Hill
Parson Pinot Grigio, 2022

This is a drier Pinot Grigio with flavours of green pear and mandarin peel.

Freya Hohnen

Having grown up playing among the vineyards of Cape Mentelle, watching her father David Hohnen build one of Australia’s most iconic wine brands, she’s since worked in numerous highprofile wineries in South Australia and Western Australia. Freya is equally at home in her work boots tending to wines and fronting up as the well-coiffed PR face of Once & Well.

She’s an innovator, a nurturer and a collaborator who lives by a set of strong principles: celebrating life and quality experiences, being true to herself, supporting her community.

Once & Well
Frankies Gardern Rosé, 2022

This Rosé shows strawberries, toffee apples and subtle fairy floss on the nose, with soft red berries and balanced acidity.

Brenda Wentzal

Based in the Barossa at Dorrien Estate (part of Pinnacle Drinks), Brenda’s wine industry career began in 2011 when she completed her first vintage in the region.

She then became a laboratory technician with Vinpac in 2012 before joining the winemaking team at Pinnacle Drinks in 2017. After studying at Charles Sturt University and graduating in 2021, Brenda took over the Great Western and Heathcote portfolios, with 2021 being her first vintage with the region.

Bare Bones
Great Western Shiraz, 2021

Notes of dark berry fruit, plum and hints of spice that lift across the palate, leaving velvety tannins to finish.