As a geography degree graduate, Mel has an acute awareness of the fragile state of our planet making working for an eco-conscious company even more exciting. Utilising her passion for sustainability and a drive to improve people’s lives, Mel's helping the team to look after our valued customers and continue developing business opportunities where the eco, flat wine bottle will thrive.
Amelia moved south to London in 2018 to join Garçon Wines. The incredible opportunities for a slimmer, lighter, eco-friendly wine bottle made from 100% recycled material were too good to miss – wine tasting on her first day was an added bonus! She deals with business customers across a number of industries, challenging the status quo of round, glass bottles and encouraging a move to flat.
Hailing from the shores of Gothenburg, Sweden, Camilla has held multiple Head Chef positions in the past and now is very excited to join the Garçon Wines journey in an Operations capacity, assisting in effecting change through their award-winning bottle. Passionate about positivity, food, wine and life, she truly believes in making the world a better place, and she strives to bring the storied Swedish sustainability ethos to the rest of the world.
A big fan of Blue Planet, seeing Sir David Attenborough in the flesh at Glastonbury was an exciting moment for Elly who brings her creative flair and enthusiasm to her role in marketing. Having lived in France for a year, she's no stranger to a glass of wine, which combined with her interest in the environment means she's well placed to spread the word across the globe about the most eco-friendly wine bottle ever.
The declaration of a climate emergency during Josephine's final year of university drove her to carry out climate studies after graduating, where she gained first-hand exposure to sustainable initiatives on a specialised course in Amsterdam. She's excited to now be supporting the marketing team at Garçon Wines in presenting the enormous environmental advantages of our eco flat wine bottle on an international scale.
Steeped in the wine trade, Judith brings a wealth of commercial wine experience to Garçon Wines. Judith has built her career in a wide variety of commercial aspects of the wine trade including wine buying for Tesco, wine sales, wine sourcing and leading new wine packaging initiatives. Increasingly alarmed by the urgent need for global action to combat climate change, Judith is thrilled to be leading the business development stream for Garçon Wines, to help bring a more sustainable solution to the business of wine.
Having had an extensive career in the wine & spirits industry, Mike realised that the industry needed to change and he wanted to be a part of it. After taking time out to study at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, Mike found the perfect opportunity as the Sustainability Lead at Garçon Wines. Combining his passion for building a better planet with a love for the exciting industry of wine, he believes that driving innovation will meet our ambition for a triple bottom line.
Few people blend innovation and wine better than Santiago, a serial entrepreneur with real Mediterranean charm whose experience makes him a perfect steward of Garçon Wines. As a former lead co-founder of Vinopic Wines, Santiago set out to revolutionise the way consumers engage with wines in his first venture. Few understand wine drinkers better and a more suitable custodian of the wine industry’s future, you’ll struggle hard to find.
A wine aficionado and having supported many consumer goods companies on their strategy at McKinsey, Victoria is excited to combine her two loves of wine and business strategy to help Garçon Wines grow from strength to strength. She focuses on growth opportunities across sectors and geographies, mapping Garçon Wines’ unique value proposition in the complex wine industry ecosystem and our ever-changing environmental and consumer landscape.
This talented group are the only people representing Garçon Wines in their markets and industries. Watch this space as we announce further expansion plans.
Angela has worked in the wine industry all her working life, since leaving Oxford where she was smitten by the lure of wine and its history at the university wine society. She is a well-known personality within the wine industry, benefiting from a wealth of retail experience, and having been credited with helping revolutionise wine for supermarket shoppers during her tenure at Somerfield. Now a consultant, writer, and presenter, and working with independents and restaurants, her fascination with the ever-changing face of wine retail continues; she understands the pressures and logistical challenges of buyers, is a keen advocate of innovation, and brings invaluable experience to our team.
Thanks to his studies in Economics & Management and his working experience in Innovation & Development, Enrique combines analytics with creativity. He is an entrepreneur, always looking for new opportunities, thinking how to create new value, and how to do things in a more efficient way. He combines his commitment to making a better world through taking care of the planet with his passion for the wine industry, where he has a wide background.
From grape to glass, Matthew is a leading relationship-driven advocate, ambassador, and influencer across Australia’s grape and wine sector. His catch cry is ‘making the wine world better… one connection at a time’. He uses his people-centric approach to accelerate the adoption of innovation across the value-chain to uplift the capability and competitiveness of the sector. As a wine lover, he benefits from his passion to create a positive impact on the way people experience wine.
Individually nominated for the Wine Star Award for Global Innovator of the Year in 2015 and 2017, Mike is highly accomplished in the South African wine industry. He held the position of Managing Director of 1.4 million bottle Warwick Estate for two decades and co-founded Vilafonté, the only winery in the world to be twice nominated for the Wine Star New World Winery of the Year. In 2016, he founded Wine Business Advisors, a professional wine, hospitality & tourism industry focused advisory, through which he is helping Garçon Wines with understanding the South African market and the possibility of local production.
You need expertise to file patents – and that’s where Debra comes in. Her lengthy experience protecting intellectual property (IP) based on unrivalled insight into consumer packaging is a priceless asset for Garçon as it enters and secures IP in the industry.
Alex is a user experience (UX) consultant with over a decade of practice conducting user research, primarily for digital products. Mixing human-centred qualitative insights with scientific methods and data, Alex has helped numerous companies better engage with their users through research, UX strategy, rapid prototyping and evidence based design. Alex has previously worked on UX for Just Eat, Tesco, Hotels.com, the British Medical Journal and PayPal.
David is the Managing Director of SOENECS, the independent environmental research and innovation practice he set up in 2014 following 15 years in leadership roles in local and regional government. SOENECS provides strategic advice and support to the public and private sectors and specialises in the creation and support of innovation in circular economy, waste management and resource management. Responsible for External Affairs in Europe for the “Circular Economy Club (CEC)”, David is advising Garçon Wines in their aim to become a circular business.
Helen is a senior marketing consultant and social media specialist. With nearly a decade of experience working with the world’s biggest brands, and after cutting her teeth managing the social media channels for Netflix, Helen soon realised she wanted to work with passionate entrepreneurs and start-ups making an impact on the world, which drew her to the work of Garçon Wines.
Ryan is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. Founder and chairman of Staysure, the UK’s largest travel insurer, Ryan has an eye for driving business growth having built his own business from the ground up. The company is now on track to be worth around half a billion pounds and continues to expand. Ryan has a strong interest in innovation and spotted an opportunity to support Garçon Wines with his investment and mentorship of Santiago, which has helped catapult their growth over the past two years. In his spare time, apart from a passion for health and fitness, Ryan is a keen golfer and his company Staysure are title sponsors of the European Senior Tour.
What Sarah doesn’t know about packaging would fit on, well, a very tiny package indeed. She’s assisting Garçon Wines to develop game-changing bottles that are so aesthetically unique and technically complex, they’re exciting consumers and industry professionals alike.
With 30+ years in a diversity of senior national, regional and global roles at the processing & packaging giant Tetra Pak, including Managing Director UK & Ireland, Santiago couldn't have hoped for a better close advisor to support him in building our business into a packaging giant of the future.
With a background at private equity and hedge funds, Zak has advised a wide range of startups and investors on valuation, market opportunities, and high-level financial needs. A jack of all trades, when he is not helping companies with strategic goals he is making wine under his own label Mission.
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