Simon Thorpe MW will join WineGB as the new Chief Executive from Monday 26 October. Simon is a well-known figure in the UK wine trade with over 30 years’ experience working in the retail and wholesale sectors including Waitrose, Constellation, Negociants and John E Fells. Latterly he has been running his own consultancy operation to provide business, brand and management advice to companies throughout the supply chain.
“I am delighted to be joining WineGB at such a momentous time for the industry,” comments Simon. “I have spent a large amount of my wine industry career working with wines from around the world in the UK market. Now I have the opportunity to champion our own brilliant English and Welsh producers and help them to build a great and exciting future – that is a fantastic and hugely motivating challenge.”
Simon will start his role with a busy agenda, leading with the campaign to promote our Classic Method wines along with the exciting Christmas campaign. Another key focus for Simon will be furthering our relationship with Westminster to benefit our industry as it looks to the future.
“Importantly I am looking forward to getting to know the industry better and to understanding the challenges and aspirations of WineGB members and how we can best serve their needs.” Simon added.
Chairman of WineGB, Simon Robinson, comments: “On behalf of WineGB, its Board and members, we are delighted to welcome Simon. The expertise and knowledge that he brings from so many areas of the wine trade and the world of wine at large will help take this industry to the next level as we look to a very exciting future.”