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Flagship Event at Vintners' Hall: 'Forging a path to Leadership'

  • Vintners' Hall 68 Upper Thames Street London, England, EC4V 3BJ United Kingdom (map)

Join us on Tuesday, 17th September for a special event celebrating the past, present and future of leadership in our remarkable industry. We are thrilled to be returning to Vintners' Hall and partnering with the Vintners' Company for what promises to be another fantastic evening in the heart of the City of London.

At this flagship event for 2019, we'll hear from four women who have been instrumental in developing the UK wine trade into what it is today. Serena Sutcliffe MW, former Head of Sotheby's International Wine Department, will be giving the keynote speech to the group followed by a panel discussion with fellow industry thought leaders Diana Rollan, Group Head of Beverage at D&D London and Maria Lopez, Sales Director UK and Ireland at Accolade Wines and Nicky Forrest, Managing Director of Phipps Relations. An address will also be given by Christopher Davey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

Location: Vintners' Hall, 68 Upper Thames Street, City of London, EC4V 3BG
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: £35 purchased online only. Click here to purchase, please note that you mus be a woman working in the wine industry to attend.
Joining from out of town? Stay overnight at Vintners' Hall!

Sage and Butternut Squash risotto
Slow cooked British lamb stew, creamy mash potato, baby vegetables
Lemon meringue tart
Dark chocolate fondant and praline
Assorted cheese
With huge thanks to Vintners' Hall for support our flagship event for the
second year running.

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2014
Eileen Hardy Chardonnay 2014
Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2015

With huge thanks to Gusbourne for providing their English sparkling and Accolade for providing the wines of Eileen Hardy on the evening.


Serena Sutcliffe MW, Sotheby's

Considered one of the world’s leading authorities on wine, Serena Sutcliffe MW is the Honorary Chairman of Sotheby's Wine, having previously been Worldwide Head of the department for twenty-five years, from 1990 to 2015. A former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine, she is an internationally recognised wine writer and renowned taster, and writes regularly for many international publications. She is a regular lecturer and broadcaster in Europe, the United States and Asia. Among her many accolades, she has been awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Bacchus America.

Nicky Forrest, Phipps Relations

Nicky is the Managing Director of multi-award-winning Phipps Relations and one of the UKs most experienced drinks marketers. She chairs the International Spirits Challenge marketing awards and as a huge advocate for packaging, also judges the Spirits Business packaging & design awards. A regular on the speaker circuit, she also lectures at the WSET BACK course every year, is a judge at the PRCA awards and Chair of the ISC Marketing Awards.

Maria Lopez, Accolade Wines

Maria is the Sales Director UK&I for Accolade Wines where she leads a team of 15 and is responsible for major wine brands like Hardy's, Echo Falls and Kumala. She is a member of Accolades Global Senior Leadership team and co-chaired the roll out of The Accelerate Program - a networking group focused on empowering the women of Accolade. Prior to Accolade Maria has had numerous managerial roles at AB Inbev and Constellation Brands.

Diana Rollan, D&D London

Diana is Group Head of Beverage for D&D London where she is responsible for the purchasing, development and innovation of products across the core beverage categories for the group's 35 restaurants and hotels. Diana was previously the UK Head of Wine for Hakkasan and is also a WSET Certified Educator in Wine, Spirits and Sake.