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Reflections on Leadership

Join us on the 25th September 2018 for a special event celebrating the past, present and future of leadership in our remarkable industry.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Vintners' Company to welcome you to the historical Vintners' Hall in the heart of the City of London for 'Reflections on Leadership'. It will be a truly unique event. 

At this flagship event for 2018, we'll hear from four women who have been instrumental in shaping the UK wine trade. Laura Jewell MW, Regional Manager EMEA for Wine Australia, will be giving the keynote speech to the group, and will also join the panel discussion with fellow industry thought leaders Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview and WSTA Board Member and Sarah Kemp, Managing Director at Sarah Kemp Communications Ltd and Former Managing Director of Decanter Magazine. A closing address will be given by Marcia Waters MW, Wine Consultant and Upper Warden of The Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Please note: We expect this event to sell out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

What: Speeches, panel discussion, drinks and light supper.
When: Tuesday 25th September, 6.30-9.30pm.
Where: Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3BG.
Who: Wine trade professionals only.
Price: £35 (including administration fee, drinks and supper).

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Our Speakers

Laura Jewell MW, Regional Manager EMEA, Wine Australia

Prior to taking a strategic role at Wine Australia in 2015, Laura received the prestigious Drinks Business 'Woman of the Year' award in 2013. Whilst heading up the Product Development team at Tesco she was personally responsible for the Finest range and led to team to win the IWC 'Wine Supermarket of the Year' award. She has also been awarded ‘Retail Buyer of the Year’ in her role as Trading Controller at SPAR. She is a Master of Wine and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. 

Sarah Kemp, Former Managing Director, Decanter

Sarah Kemp is the former Managing Director of Decanter and has been involved in the wine world for over three decades. For the last 25 years she ran Decanter, founded the Decanter World Wine Awards, which grew to be the world’s largest wine competition, launched  and, as well as the Decanter events division in Britain and China. She is now Managing Director at Sarah Kemp Communications Ltd.

Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview Wine Estate and WSTA Board Member

Tamara joined Ridgeview, the family’s English sparkling wine business, as General Manager in 2004 and become CEO in 2014.  She has overseen the growth of production in that time from 25k bottles per annum to 300k bottles and is currently managing the next growth phase. Tamara is a qualified chartered accountant and is responsible for the financial management of the business as well as setting and implementing the strategy across all other areas from grape to glass. 

Marcia Waters MW, Wine Consultant and Upper Warden of The Vintners

Marcia Waters MW works for The Oxford Wine Company, consults to the trade and is chair of the education and examination board at the Institute of Masters of Wine. She became a Master of Wine herself in 1990, and has worked as a buyer for Victoria Wine and Tesco, run the UK office of Vergelegen and Boschendal, and worked for Rothschild Wine at Waddesdon Manor. 

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Managing your career: How to optimise the recruitment process

Looking for a new role? Need to brush up your CV or LinkedIn profile generally? Recruiting for someone new to join your team? Join us for an evening with Elizabeth and Gary O'Kelly, Founders and Directors of Vinokelly, a drinks recruitment consultancy. 

Date: 31st July
Location: WSET offices, 39-45 Bermondsey Street, SE13XF
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Price: £13.00 (Includes drinks and nibbles)

Whether you are recruiting or being recruited, this evening will address many aspects of the process and give you some practical tips on how to be successful. Topics will include effectively using recruitment agencies, utilising the LinkedIn community and writing an eye catching CV and cover letter. 

Following a presentation from Elizabeth and Gary, there will be a short workshop where individuals have the optional opportunity to review their CV's and get some advice on how to make them tip-top. Please come with a copy of your CV and your red pen!

Our Speakers

Elizabeth O'Kelly

Elizabeth has been a headhunter since 2002, working across financial services, banking, currencies and commodities before entering the drinks industry in 2015. She has extensive experience researching and delivering candidates and really understands how companies work and where recruitment sits within those businesses.

Gary O'Kelly

Since 2001, Gary has worked in account management, export and buying roles for some of the best companies in the industry. With a thorough understanding of the UK industry, he knows the inner workings of it and keeps up to date with the latest developments. As an industry insider, he knows exactly what is expected of a role and the right people to do it.

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Traditions & Trends: Fine Wine Market

Join us for an evening with Ella Lister (Wine Lister), Sara Guiducci (Corney & Barrow) and Sarah Phillips (Liv-ex) for a panel discussion on the state of the Fine Wine Market. 

The evening will include a discussion on wine as an asset class, the changing role of the critic, and the broadening of the market in recent years. 

Date: Monday 14th May
Location: Liberty Wines, 6 Timber Mill Way, SW46LY
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Price: £13.00 (Limited tickets available. Includes drinks and nibbles)

The Speakers

Ella Lister, Wine Lister

Ella is Founder and CEO of Wine Lister, a data-driven wine rating system which uses a sophisticated algorithm to provide holistic assessment of individual wines launched in May 2016. Ella started her career as an Investment Banker at Lazard in London, before following her passion to embark on a career in wine in 2009. Ella writes for The World of Fine Wine, the Financial Times, and Decanter. Read more

Sarah Phillips, Liv-Ex

Sarah is Marketing Manager at Liv-ex, which provides data, trading and settlement services to over 400 merchant members worldwide. The Liv-ex 100 Index, used by Bloomberg and Reuters, is to date considered the industry benchmark. Sarah is responsible for managing communications and research, such as the popular Liv-ex blog which is widely quoted by the wine trade and international financial press. Read more

Sara Guiducci, Corney & Barrow

Sara is an integral part of the Fine Wine Team at Corney & Barrow, one of the oldest independent wine merchants in the UK. Sara has 10 year's experience working in fine wine sales, having previously worked in the Fine Wine Team at Berry Bros. & Rudd. Having changed careers in 2005 to join the wine trade after a brief stint working for an IT consultancy company, she has now achieved the WSET Diploma and is studying towards her Master of Wine. Read More

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Spotlight on Wine Judging with Sarah Jane Evans MW

We are excited to announce our next event: Spotlight on Wine Judging with SarahJane Evans MW, Co-Chairman of Decanter World Wine Awards.

While there will be opportunity to hear about Sarah’s career, we will be focusing on issues with scoring methods, the value of medals and comparative judging systems. She will be fresh from the Decanter World Wine Awards which will no doubt lead to some additional talking points! 

Please note: tickets are strictly limited and booking is kindly requested in advance of the evening so that we can make the necessary arrangements. 

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Spotlight on: Career Changes and Developments

Join us for and evening of short presentations by three women who are pushing the boundaries in business, education and research in the wine industry. 

This is an opportunity to hear about real projects and up to date research from leading professionals. The natural formation of a more educational theme meant that WSET was a perfect venue for such an informative and social evening

Anne McHale MW
Anne ( has worked in the wine industry since 2003. She became a Master of Wine in 2013, and earlier this year left her long-standing role at Berry Bros. & Rudd to establish herself as a freelance wine consultant and educator. Her work is varied and includes consultancy services to the on-trade, organising and presenting corporate wine events, teaching MW and WSET sessions and private tuition of students studying for those exams.

Wine Training: Launching Veraison and bruising the wine ego

Clara Rubin DipWSET
Clara has been an instrumental figure in the conception and development of Veraison, Berkmann Wine Cellar’s newly launched Training programme. Prior to joining Berkmann Wine Cellars as National Training Manager, Clara honed her service skills at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and Home House private members club, where she worked as a sommelier. Outside of work, Clara has also hosted talks on English Wine at the House of Lords in conjunction with the English Wine Producers association. She judges for the London Sake challenge, having qualified as a Sake sommelier with the SSA, and also regularly sits as a judge for the International Wine and Spirits Challenge.

Victoria Burt MW
Vicky is Product Development Manager for Wine Qualifications at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, leading the team that reviews and refreshes WSET’s study materials. She graduated as a Master of Wine last year, after completing her research paper on glassware for champagne. Vicky also judges at various international wine competitions, teaches at WSET’s London School and enjoys the odd glass (or bottle) of champagne…

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Spotlight On: Wine Buying Across The Industry

We hope you will joins us for a spotlight on buying wine across the different sectors that make up the market in the UK. Our panellists are industry leaders and  bring a wealth of knowledge to the group. Post-Brexit, it will be an interesting discussion and we would love for you to join us. 

Victoria Stephens-Clarkson MW, Atlas Fine Wines

Victoria began her career in the wine trade in 2000 working for a Grande Marque Champagne house in Epernay. From there she progressed to a major UK merchant and, after a further six years making wine and buying for a leading importer and retailer, she joined the team at Atlas in October 2012. In March of 2015, Vicki passed her Master of Wine examinations. She speaks several languages, of which French is the most useful, and has fostered excellent relationships with négoçiants and growers in the key regions of France. She also speaks Spanish and has spent time sourcing wine from Spain and South America, amongst other wine regions. Vicki spends a significant amount of her time out of the office visiting wine regions to meet with producers and to taste both en primeur and mature vintages.

Emma Dawson, Marks and Spencer

Emma joined Marks and Spencer in 2010 having previously worked at Sainsbury’s in various roles focused on category management and marketing. She had a prior career in film but became disillusioned about making copious cups of tea for the vaguely famous and began to study wine because it had been a long time fascination. Emma has sourced wine from far and wide countries like Japan, Georgia and Bolivia, passed her WSET Level 4 Diploma in 2010 and is now studying for a Master of Wine. She studied Modern European History at Emma the University of Warwick and also completed a CIM professional Diploma in Marketing.

Beth Brickenden, London Union

Bringing incredible wine and street food together, Beth is Assistant Director of the wine programme for London Union, a role which includes: Street Feast, Dinerama, Street Vin, Winerama, Milk & Honey and Danger of Death. Growing up on a farm in the West of Ireland set the stage for a love of great produce and provenance. Beth holds a BA in Theatre and Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, and during her studies worked with the Slow Food movement and was involved in many aspects of fine dining. Her passion for food and wine brought her to London where she embarked on her WSET studies, now holding Level 3 Wines and Spirits.

Jennifer Docherty MW, Liberty Wines

Jennifer was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She left Vancouver at eighteen to study fashion design in New York City but has called London home since 2005. Her love of gastronomy led her to pursue part-time WSET wine courses which inspired her to change careers and embark on the MW programme, which she completed in 2015. She is currently a wine buyer for Liberty Wines and has worked in education, sales and fine wine buying in her previous roles.

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