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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.