Mary is an experienced board director, agricultural scientist and third-generation viticulturist. She has held a range of practical, extension and consultancy roles in the global wine sector over the past two decades. Her research interests include environmental stewardship, agroecology, viticulture, plant protection, and native insectary plants.
She is currently a Director of Wine Australia, Managing Director of Retallack Viticulture and is recognised internationally as a Certified Practicing Agriculturist. She is an editorial panel member of The Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker Journal, member of the Adelaide University Wine Alumni, and advisory board member of ‘Women of the Vine’ Global Symposium.
Mary’s leadership capabilities and excellence in science have been acknowledged via the RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year, as a 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness inductee, Len Evans Tutorial Scholar, a recipient of the SARDI Women's Suffrage Centenary Bursary, Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame inductee, and most recently a participant in the National Farmers’ Federation, inaugural Diversity in Agriculture Leadership program. Mary is also an ambassador for PIRSA’s Women influencing agribusiness and regions strategy.