The Executive Team

Management Advisory Committee

The WineGB Management Advisory Committee supports the Board of Directors in decision making and drives forward key initiatives and policies of through the working groups.

Each working group has an appointed leader, and consists of volunteers who possess a range of skills and expertise relevant to the various projects. The committee meets six times a year, and is currently chaired by Peter Gladwin. The working groups operate mostly by email, Skype or conference calls to keep costs down. There are around 60 volunteers providing this valuable support.

The current project topics and working group leaders are:

Regulation and Duty

Dominic Buckwell, Lawyer



  • UK Excise Duty proposal
  • Improvements to the quality wine schemes
  • Labelling terms and legislation
  • Protection
  • Industry Code of Conduct

Stephen Skelton MW, Consultant viticulturalist and author




  • Ongoing pesticides approvals and regular updates to members
  • Close working relationship with CRD and DEFRA
  • Production data collection
  • Collaboration with viticultural research projects.
Wine Production

Emma Rice, Head winemaker, Hattingley Valley Vineyard



  • Provision of seasonal advice and best practice for members
  • Quality benchmarking and recommendations for continued wine quality improvements
  • A guidance booklet for new entrants
  • Research in to a platform for grape and wine trading
  • Investigation of winemaking issues and collaboration with research projects
Environmental Sustainability

Chris Foss,  Curriculum Manager,

Wine Division,Plumpton College


Marketing, PR and External Communication

Julia Trustram Eve

WineGB Marketing Director



  • New branding, logo for WineGB
  • New industry website
  • A marketing plan for 2018 to include events, campaigns and communications
  • The ongoing development of the national competition
  • English and Welsh Wine Week 2018
  • The development of a marketing toolkit for members
Wine Tourism

Mark Harvey, Managing Director Chapel Down Wines



  • Focus on regional and national tourism initiatives to improve the quality and provide guidance on best practice
  • Development of maps (regional, national and interactive)
  • Lobbying for support from Government
  • Working with the Marketing group to deliver tourism-related campaigns or initiatives

Sam Linter, Managing Director Bolney Wine Estate



  • Guidelines and advice for exporting, to include regulations, available support and other requirements for key markets
  • Developing relationships with key trade bodies and relevant service suppliers
  • Export marketing development
Government Relations

David Parkinson, WineGB Chief Executive



  • Build relations with local and central government
  • Work with WineGB Wine Champions Neil Parish MP and Anthea McIntyre MEP
  • Creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), to provide a powerful route to campaign on behalf of industry issues
  • Work with government and other bodies taking our industry view on issues related to Brexit and duty
  • Ensure Government support of our work with Chemicals Regulatory Division for plant protection products
Research and Development

Geoff Taylor, Wine Chemist at Campden BRI



  • Horizon scanning for resources and research papers relevant to members
  • Research projects to improve quality, yield, consistency and sustainability within the industry.
Training and Recruitment

Jeremy Kerswell, Principal Plumpton College



  • Ongoing programme of training opportunities to meet the needs of all members
  • Apprenticeships and international exchange opportunities
  • Consideration of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme
Sponsorship and support

Lynne Whitaker




  • Coordinating the Patrons programme for key businesses to bring support to provide additional membership benefits for good/services.
  • Development of industry partnerships