WSTA Annual Conference 2018 - 'Meet the Board' Brunch

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Date:     Tuesday 18 September 2018

Venue:  The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4BS

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This year our smaller WSTA members will be able to take part in a unique brunch session with members of the WSTA Executive Board, with participation from JF Hillebrand. You will have the opportunity to sit down with WSTA Board members, on a one-to-one basis, to ask them your most pressing business questions – questions such as:

  • What are retailers interested in and how should I pitch to them?
  • What do I need to keep in mind when looking to export internationally?
  • How can I establish my product in the premium market?
  • What is the best way to break into the on trade?

The event is being held exclusively for our smaller members who also qualify for our SME ticket rate of £50+vat. The session will start at 11am, directly before the WSTA Annual Conference begins at 1pm. Spaces are very limited for the pre-conference Brunch session and we expect demand to be high, so when you book your ticket to the WSTA Annual Conference, make sure you reserve your place at the pre-conference Brunch session for free at the checkout stage.

Board members attending the session and available for pre-booked slots are listed in the table below, including the subject areas they specialise in. We will also be joined by COO of JF Hillebrand, Gavin Herman, who will also be available for pre-booked slots and will assist with discussions around logistics and supply chains.

Email Jessica, Head of Membership & Events, to see if you qualify for free access.


Dan Jago

Chief Executive, Berry Bros. & Rudd, & WSTA Chairman

  • Pitching to Multiple Retailers
  • Strategy & partnerships
  • On vs Off trade
  • Supply chain

Troy Christensen

Chief Executive, Enotria Winecellars Ltd

  • Brexit
  • On trade
  • Wine premiumisation
  • Cocktail craze

Gavin Herman

COO, JF Hillebrand

  • State of the ocean shipping industry
  • Market outlook
  • Protective services when transporting wines & spirits

Tom King

Managing Director Europe, Treasury Wine Estates

  • Harnessing technology to engage consumers and shoppers
  • Winning in-store with great wine brands
  • Building an award-winning culture

Pierpaolo Petrassi

Head of Buying - BWS, Waitrose

  • Working with multiple grocers
  • Product innovation wine & spirits
  • Quality assurance to help reduce commercial risk

Sam Linter

Chief Executive, Bolney Wine Estate

  • Business strategy & development for sustainable growth
  • Supply chain for small producers
  • Business planning & long term investment
  • English Wine
  • Exporting for SMEs

Michael Saunders

CEO, Matthew Clark Bibendum

  • Wine Business
  • On trade supply
  • Off trade supply




Pre-Conference 'Meet the Board' Brunch session

Welcome refreshments & registration

Conversation Room (Ground floor)


(Brunch served throughout the session)


One-to-one sessions

With Board members & a representative from JF Hillebrand


End of Brunch Session

WSTA Annual Conference begins

1st Floor

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Want to know more? Ask Jessica Norman
Jessica Norman

Jessica Norman - Head of Membership & Events

Jessica is responsible for all internal and external WSTA events and the day-to-day operations of the WSTA. Her role includes liaising and coordinating suppliers, inhouse design, inventory, and IT.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3884