“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

“The point to grasp about Justin is that he is ‘the real thing’.  He has done everything, been everywhere, won all the plaudits and the prizes; worked hard and well and won in every position he has held. These are steady hands to put your faith in.”

Liz Robertson MW, Head of Wine at Safeway