“Justin was an key member of our Sponsorship and Marketing Committee from the outset. He brought great ideas, positivity and energy, and an amazing diversity of contacts which really helped to step forward our attempts to hit (and eventually considerably exceed) both our sponsorship, and our ticket sales targets.

He was, throughout, a pleasure to work with – proactive, efficient and engaging, and the panel session that he chaired on how we should market Cool Climate wines was one of the highlights of the Symposium.”

Nick Wenman Chairman, ICCWS organising committee

“I have known Justin for over ten years now and was fortunate enough to persuade him to head up the Waitrose wine buying team for several years. He brought great knowledge but also leadership to our wine business and was respected throughout the organisation.
He has the ability to combine great enthusiasm and technical ability with strong analytical skills on consumer insight whilst all the time knowing that these have to be underpinned by a strong commercial instinct.
Waitrose has always had a good reputation within the trade for our wine team and product range but Justin enhanced that and we were sorry to see him leave, although I could fully respect his reasons to take on a new challenge.
His enthusiasm remains undimmed and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking guidance or direction or simply a fresh perspective on the challenges that face us all in these changing times in the wine industry. In addition as a small producer in his own right there can be few people who understand the industry as well from the vine to the glass, combined with his experience of working for several major well respected organisations.”

Mark Williamson, Commercial Director – Waitrose Ltd