Life is what happens when.....

I’ve been interested in marketing and its business impact for 20 years, mainly focusing on the consumer and how they navigate products and services through branding.  For the first 15 I worked in large businesses as part of a brand management team, then after finishing my MBA I started offering freelance marketing / general business support to companies who recognised they needed some extra expertise and resource.

Five years ago I married Chix, (best move ever) and joined her wine business, The Wine Parlour, to take on a Managing Director role. We have two wine bars / wine shops in Brixton, and import many of our wines directly from an eclectic list of vineyards we found ourselves.  There have been some challenges, plenty of highs and a good story to tell!  I am part of an amazing team, whom I regard as a second family.

I have interests in music, vinyl records, coffee, chess, food and wine of course. I inherited my Dad’s 30 year old BMW 3.25i convertible which is another a labour of love, and I own a 1965 VW Californian split-screen campervan which I had restored in 2019!

We love to travel.  In 2019 we spent 8 weeks moving across Hong Kong, New Zealand, California, and New York.  This year we spent ten weeks of the summer in our camper traveling through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Holland mainly exploring wine regions.  It was the perfect back drop from which to begin studying for my WSET Wine Diploma.

In 2022 we are planning a big trip across South America to explore wine regions in that part of the world – recommendations or tips are always welcome.