our team 2017-08-02T04:13:40+00:00

our team

Matt Alexander

Matt Alexander

Managing Director
Cert Ag. GAICD

Matt Alexander, a third generation Horticulturist/Viticulturist, was born and raised on the land and has over 25 years of agribusiness operations and vineyard management experience.

After working on the family farm Matt spent several years managing large scale mixed horticulture enterprises including fresh citrus, avocados, almonds, dried fruit and wine grapes for a large agribusiness investment group. Matt moved into the corporate sector and spent 8 years with Southcorp Wines as a Vineyard Manager and later Regional Manager. During this period Matt managed a range of vineyard assets across multiple regions including premium vineyards producing fruit for some of Penfolds most iconic brands.

As one of the founding owners of Advanced Viticulture and Management Pty Ltd (AV&M) and as the Managing Director Matt has worked with the AV&M team to develop the business into one of Australia’s leading vineyard management companies.

Philip Slee

Philip Slee CA


Philip Slee has been involved in the wine and horticulture investment and management industries for over 25 years.  Philip has been a director of companies managing large scale investments in the wine, almonds and table grapes.  Philip is a Chartered Accountant, specialising in the wine industry, and agribusiness investment.  Philip has extensive experience dealing with investment and corporate clients. As well as running his own accounting practice, he was also previously Company Secretary of Brian McGuigan Wines Limited and Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Wyndham Estate Wines Limited, both publicly listed companies.

As one of the founding owners of AV&M Philip has worked with the AV&M team to ensure financial and governance systems have been developed and are maintained to the highest standards.

Clark Skinner

Clark Skinner

Operations Manager/Viticulturist
B. Ag Sci

AV&M’s Operations Manager Clark Skinner, has over 20 years experience as a viticulturist working in commercial agronomy. Initially working for a major rural merchandise store Clark provided comprehensive viticultural/agronomic advice to a large number of both corporate and private growers. Through his actions many of Clarks clients were able to significantly improve vineyard performance. Clark has continued this success within AV&M’s portfolio of vineyards under management and has established an excellent track record of producing high quality fruit to specification utilising efficient and effective vineyard management programs. Clark has extensive project management experience in vineyard development and redevelopment.

As part of the AV&M executive team Clark combines his extensive business experience with practical agronomy skills to maximise asset performance and profitability.

Ashley Ratcliff

Ashley Ratcliff

Viticulturist/Project Manager
B.A.Sc. M.Wine Tech & Marketing

After spending a childhood growing up on a sheep and cattle property in the southern area of the Barossa, Ashley found himself carving out a career in an industry that had been in his backyard for generations. Having completed his first University Degree Ashley worked as a viticulturist with Pernod Ricard, and Rosemount Estate before moving to Yalumba. During 14 years of employment with Yalumba, Ashley has managed the 36,000t Oxford Landing Winery and vineyards, directed the bottling/logistics businesses as well as running the sales and marketing division of the Yalumba Nursery. Ashley has experience in many international wine businesses located in France, Italy, Canada and California.

In addition to holding a Masters Degree in Wine Technology & Marketing, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Viticulture, Ashley has been the recipient of several prestigious industry awards.

A member of AV&M’s executive team, Ashley applies his significant wine business experience to provide a thorough understanding of agribusiness dynamics and the opportunities available to optimise asset profitability.