New WineGB Board appointments will help drive growth and ambitions of wine industry of Britain
WineGB has announced the appointment of three new Directors to the WineGB Board:
Jonica Fox is appointed to the position of Group A Director (grower/producers below 15ha). Jonica is co-owner of Fox & Fox, producers of an innovative range of highly acclaimed and highly awarded sparkling wines in East Sussex, having planted their first vineyard in 2004. She has nearly twenty years’ experience as a grower and producer selling wines both in the UK and in selected export markets.
Jonica comments: “With nearly two decades experience as a boutique grower-producer, I look forward to being a strong and constructive voice for our industry. I have enormous respect for all the work done by Bruce Tindale in this role. I hope I can be as useful.”
Andrew Carter, CEO of Chapel Down is one of three Group B Directors representing the larger producers (over 15ha). Andrew has over 25 years in the global drinks industry, holding senior leadership roles at some of the some of the world’s best known drinks companies, including Bacardi, Treasury Wine Estates and Bulmers across multiple international markets. He has also worked on the international development of global premium drinks brands. Prior to joining Chapel Down, Andrew was Managing Director of Chase Distillery.
Comments Andrew: “I’m delighted to be joining the board of WineGB during this exciting phase of growth for the English wine market and look forward to supporting the development of the future direction of the industry and the legislative and fiscal framework in which we operate”.
These two appointments follow the retirement from the Board of Bruce Tindale (High Clandon Vineyard) and Frazer Thompson (Chapel Down) as Group A and Group B Directors respectively, both having joined the Board when WineGB was formed in 2017.
A further appointment to the Board is Rachel Collins, a UK qualified lawyer of 15 years, most recently specialising in the luxury goods industry across multiple categories, from fashion to wine. Currently General Counsel at Nyetimber, Rachel is a technically excellent individual renowned for leading and driving internal collaboration on projects, establishing and building key relationships with stakeholders and champions improvement on legal matters in business.
Commenting on her appointment to the WineGB Board, Rachel said: “It’s a very exciting time for English wine and I’m delighted to be joining the organisation as it navigates ways to support and represent this great British industry.”
“We are extremely proud to be adding such a broad range of skills and expertise to our already highly experienced Board,” comments Sam Linter, WineGB Chair. “In this fast-paced and growing industry it is vital that our Board continues to work for all our members and the sector as a whole, helping to realise the many opportunities and ambitions we have.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both Bruce and Frazer for their invaluable support to the Board and to WineGB over the last few years.”
The full WineGB Board of Directors can be viewed here