David Phillips

David is a beer entrepreneur, having switched industries following a successful executive career in the telecommunications sector. With extensive leadership portfolio across Australasia. David then took the opportunity to move into promoting the local beer industry through his own specialist beer and brewing tourism business, Dave’s Brewery Tours. Having developed the tourism business in Sydney, David recognised the core business challenges facing small brewers and joined the other partners at IOB in order to structure and provide professional services to the industry.

With former operational experiences in both defence and private sector, David is attuned to the tactical issues faced by production and service businesses and leverages his business acumen in developing innovative business models that respond to both markets conditions and internal constraints. As an executive, David excels at stakeholder management and development of sound planning aimed at delivering business results to those in the beer and brewing sector.

In a short period of time, David has identified himself as a key contributor to the brewing and beer industry within Australia through involvement with key industry bodies, events and services to major market holders.

Dave’s Brewery Tours has thrived and continues to grow as a result of Dave’s passion, organisation skills and thorough working knowledge of beer and brewing. The business is now national and supports both the education and events expertise of The Institute of Beer.