“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
“I have very much enjoyed working with Justin on improving the world class wine list for the re-launch of Chutney Mary last year.
With a very tight deadline, Justin was able to assimilate a huge amount of information about how our previous wine list was working, and to make recommendations about which wines were performing well and which could be replaced.
We then tasted a large number of wines before whittling the list down to the core 90 wines currently on our list, and Justin wrote descriptions and proof-read the wine list in time for our launch in late May 2015.
We were impressed with the way he works and asked him to review the list again in May 2016.” (and every year since)
Preman Mohan, Operations Director – Fine Dining, MW Eat