Sam Linter – Chair – appointed 20 Aug 2019
Sam is Managing Director of Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex and has been involved in the industry for over 20 years, during which time she has driven Bolney to become one of the country’s leading wine estates. She also lead the WineGB export committee until taking on the director role and in that position has driven the export agenda forwards with considerable pace and success.
Nick Wenman – Group A director & Vice-Chair – appointed 28 May 2020
Nick is the founder and owner of Albury Organic Vineyard in the Surrey Hills which he planted in 2009. He retired in 2005 having spent 25 years in the IT industry working for large corporates as well as running his own businesses. Prior to joining the WineGB Board in 2020 he was Chairman of WineGB South East and was a member of the planning committee for the UK International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in 2016.
Simon Thorpe – Chief Executive Officer
Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in different commercial sectors of the wine industry, including senior roles with Waitrose, Constellation, Negociants and Fells. He has been a board member of both the Institute of Masters of Wine and the WSET, and continues to work with both organisations. Passionate about the British wine industry, he took over the role as CEO of WineGB in October 2020 and was appointed to the Board on 13th April 2021.
Simon lives in the beautiful county of Shropshire, and spends his spare time with his wife Louise and three sons, walking the dogs, weeding the garden, exploring the rough of various golf courses, and coming to terms with the gradual fall from power of his beloved Arsenal.
Bruce Tindale – Group A director – appointed 1 Sept 2017
Bruce and his wife Sibylla established their award winning High Clandon Estate Vineyard in 2004 which they run together. He completed his degree in viticulture at Plumpton College after retiring as Chief Executive of PA Consulting in 2007. Bruce also chaired the planning committee for the successful UK based International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in 2016.
Tamara Roberts – Group B director – appointed 1 Sept 2017
Tamara is the CEO of Ridgeview Estate Winery, a second-generation family company situated in the South Downs National Park producing world class sparkling wines. Tamara also represents the interests of the English wine industry on the board of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association
Frazer Thompson – Group B director – appointed 1 Sept 2017
Frazer was appointed as CEO of Chapel Down (English Wines plc) in 2001 after a background in the brewing industry. Since being appointed he has listed the company and developed the business which makes some of England’s finest wines and beer, and has a thriving tourism trade.
Dominic Buckwell – Legal Counsel – appointed 1 January 2019
Dominic joined the board of WineGB as Legal Counsel in 2019 and has been the General Counsel for Seaco since 2006. Dominic has a passion for wine and is the proud owner of the worlds smallest registered vineyard with just two vines in his Sussex garden.
Guy Smith – Regional Director – appointed 10 Aug 2021
Guy Smith planted the vineyard at Higher Plot in 2008 with Laura Evans after a four year search for the perfect site to produce the highest possible quality sparkling wine. They work in the vineyard all year from midwinter pruning through to harvest in late summer. By living with the seasons they are constantly able to watch how the vines develop and mature. Guy also works as a wine trader.
Ned Awty – Group A Director – appointed 10 Aug 2021
Ned grew up at Oatley, a small and successful Somerset vineyard planted by his parents in the 1980’s. Following a 20 year career in a global FTSE100 company he has returned with his young family to continue the adventure.
He brings with him extensive experience in marketing, consumer insight and strategy development, along with a keen interest in high quality still wines.
Ruth Simpson – Group B Director – appointed 12 October 2021
Ruth Simpson and her husband Charles have been making award winning wines at Domaine de Sainte Rose, their stunning, southern French property, since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions of the world, they brought their expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK, establishing Simpsons’ Wine Estate in the North Downs of Kent, with an aspiration to produce the finest quality English wine. With a strong focus on provenance, Simpsons Wine now produces a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate grown still and sparkling wines.
Ruth comes from a well-known Scottish whisky family and prior to what is now 20 years in the wine industry, worked in the Humanitarian Sector, focussing on international aid and development.
Wendy Outhwaite – appointed 12 October 2021
Wendy is a co-founder of Ambriel, having planted vineyards in 2008. After 25 years as a barrister, frequently working with Government departments, she now produces English Sparkling in West Sussex. She is hands on and hands in.
Prior to joining the board she served on the WineGB Export Committee.
Wines of Great Britain is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by a Board of Directors. It employs a small executive team with a Chief Executive, Head of Marketing, Operations Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Administration Officer and Digital Media Officer. The Regional Vineyard Associations are an important part of the industry structure and all members are also members of their regional association. WineGB is an independent, non-profit organisation financed by its members and seeks additional funding from industry sponsors.