“I have worked in the wine industry alongside Justin for over 15 years; as a supplier and a competitor, but never sadly as a colleague.
He has one of the greatest reserves of calm intellect and consideration of anyone I know and yet knows how to provoke the hive when needed. Very strong commercially, he also manages to keep quality at the forefront of his ambitions.
I would be delighted if he were to describe me as a friend.”
“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.”