Staff & Contacts

UK Staff & Contacts

Address & Registered Office
BI Wines and Spirits Ltd.
10 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8AH
Registered in England & Wales
Company Number 03284109
Phone Number :+44 (0) 20 7269 0703

Press Enquiries

For press enquiries, please contact Giles Cooper.

Giles Cooper
BI Wines and Spirits Ltd.
10 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8AH
Registered in England & Wales
Company Number 03284109
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7269 0705
Email: giles.cooper@biwine.com

Directors - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0703
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Gary Boom

Managing Director

Gary Boom was born in South Africa, and holds a BSc in finance from the university of Cape Town. Between 1985 and 2001, Gary worked for a range of London money brokers specialising in interest rate options, and was a director at Intercapital Group. Gary founded Bordeaux Index in 1997 in London, opened an office in Hong Kong in February 2007, and an office in Singapore in December 2011. Outside work, Gary loves travel, Burgundy, shooting and Arsenal.


Andrew Bruce

Director

"My father never really worked, but got cash from various sources. He'd make commission on a deal and blow it on the horses"... Not strictly true, as Andrew says his father also spent some money on fine wine, which is how he developed his love of claret and subsequently, all the wines of Europe. Since joining BI, Andrew has met and made friends with people for whom wine is a passion. His palate is now in a state of confusion!


Sam Gleave

Purchasing Director

Sam started out as a wine buyer for Japan Airlines in 1990, having fallen into the role when actually applying for a different position. It didn't take long for Sam to fall in love with the industry - in less than a year, he was tasting 1990 Bordeaux out of barrel. In 1995 Sam joined the "proper" wine trade at one of the UK's royal warrant holders, moving to a youthful BI in 1998. Outside wine, Sam's passions are Gillingham Football Club and Kent County Cricket Club.


Sebastian Rowe

Director and Trade Sales

Seb started in the wine trade in 1991 through the traditional route of van driver and worked in various areas of the wine trade until he finally found his niche in sales. Seb was one of the founding members who assisted in setting up BI in 1997, proudly becoming a director and partner of the business in 2004. He spends his spare time sharing fine wine and food with family and friends, listening to live music, following Chelsea and planning which city to run his next marathon in.


David Thomas

UK and European Sales Director

David trained in Oenology at Roseworthy College in Adelaide and went on to work vintages at Chateau Cissac in Bordeaux, Taylor's in the Douro Valley and Mount Adam and Turkey Flat in South Australia. Upon returning to the UK, David spent 5 years working agency-side managing a portfolio of French wine brands. David then honed his retail skills, establishing a small independent wine merchant which grew to four shops in Hampshire, before joining BI in 2010.


Colin West

Director

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Sales Team - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0703
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Tom Chadwick

Private Client Account Director

Tom first joined the wine trade back in 2000 after returning from a hedonistic trip to Tuscany, when he first learnt about the joys of great wines. Moving up the ranks at various merchants, including a stint in his family's auction business, Tom looks after both Trade and Private clients. Professional highlights include Tom's invitation to a 'once-in-a-lifetime' tasting of vintage Madeira; he still dines out on drinking 1790 Sercial and 1931 Quinta do Noval.


Simon Eddleston

Private Client Account Director

After studying Biology at Manchester University, it was time to swap the lab coat for some secateurs… My first harvest in Bordeaux was the roasting 2003 vintage at a work-hard, play-hard Chateau and I never looked back, fully submerging myself in everything vinous.

After further cutting my teeth at various London-based fine wine merchants, picking up a few WSET scholarships along the way, I then zeroed in on BI as it seemed such a fun, unstuffy place to talk about and drink amazing wine with private clients, top producers, and colleagues. I wasn’t wrong…

Now living the good life in the Ashdown Forest with my family, wine is still a huge part of life (don’t tell the Doc) – that is, when we’re not further exploring Europe, winding around vista-laden tarmac ribbons in a suitably fun car, or knee-deep in Sussex’s exceptional ale-rich country pubs.


Laura Godwin

Private Client Account Director

Laura stumbled into wine with thanks to a love of food and all things hedonistic. Having started her career with Corney & Barrow she accepted a role of Head Sommelier at Rockliffe Hall in the North-East. Laura then moved to the South-West to spend over 5 years working with Fine Wine at Berry Bros. & Rudd. Laura has paired with a number of chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Michel Roux, Antony Worrall Thompson) to discuss wine on TV and radio, alongside judging for the IWSC since 2010. Laura was also delighted to win the ‘Women in Wine’ scholarship to spend the 2014 harvest making wine in South Africa. Despite being horrendously untraveled before joining the industry, Laura now loves to explore other countries, alongside eating in as many Michelin star restaurants as possible along the way.


Catherine Bauer

Private Sales

Catherine considers herself 'a true French woman born and bred'; growing up in a land dedicated to food and wine, Catherine has worked for the last 10 years in the fine wine industry and completed WSET exams along the way. She is renowned as Andrew Bruce's "bras droit" here at BI, managing the daily Private sales to an eclectic customer base. She enjoys cooking delicious French food and cycling in Richmond Park.


Amanda Hawkyard

Private Sales

After obtaining a degree in French and Spanish at Newcastle University, Amanda completed her WSET Advanced before moving down to London and joining the property industry. However, wine was always more compelling than Mayfair apartments and she finally managed to pursue her ambitions in 2015 when she joined BI as part of the Sales Team. In her free time Amanda enjoys skiing, riding and, of course, getting stuck into a good bottle or few with friends.


Dasha Tinkova

Private Sales

Originally from Russia, Dasha grew up in California then lived in both Italy and France. This put her in a situation where she had to keep learning new languages just to get by at school – this was tough at the time but as a result she is now fluent in all 4 languages: Italian, French, Russian and English. After boarding school in Oxford Dasha settled into London life where she attended University and began working part-time for BI in 2012. Upon finishing University Dasha realised the wine industry was where she wanted to stay and she subsequently joined the BI Private Sales team in 2016. Now Dasha deals with customers from all over the world – and once again, those hard-won languages have proven to be extremely useful.


Anneka Swann

Private & On-Trade Client Account Manager

Anneka’s love began as a teenager in Italian-American restaurants where the wine outshone the food. After attending Emory University and UCL, learning Greek, running a radio station, excavating a Victorian golf hole, and collecting a WSET, she ran a boutique London restaurant and its wine list before joining BI. When not writing poetic tasting notes, she’s found discussing the best American terroirs and Celestins.


Lewis Byrne

Client Reserves & Private Client Account Manager

Lewis adopted the “school of life” approach, joining the wine trade after his completing his A-Levels. Upon gaining his WSET advanced level qualification, Lewis moved into wine logistics before joining BI in 2008 as Client Reserves Manager. Recently, Lewis joined the Sales Team operating under dual roles. Currently studying for a BA in Management, Lewis enjoys eating out, walking and frequenting Stamford Bridge... as long as the Harwood Arms comes before or after.


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Geraint Carter

Investment Group

Geraint worked as an analyst at an historic English bank before joining BI - via a short stage in Bordeaux. He has run BI's Investment Group with Joe Marchant since 2007 and moved to Hong Kong in 2012 to support the Asian trading business.


Purchasing Team - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0715
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Oliver Sharp

Purchasing

A native of Birmingham, Oliver studied languages at Leeds University and then began his wine career with a high street merchant, before joining Bordeaux Index in 2006. Oliver now heads up the purchasing department overseeing the Bordeaux inventory as well as keeping a thirsty eye on BI's Italian wine selection. Oliver can often be heard conversing in French, Italian, Thai or Brummie.


Richard Ellis

Spirits buyer


Philippe Guittard

Purchasing

Philippe had the good fortune to grow up in a great wine region, the Languedoc; as such working in the wine industry was a natural career choice! After finishing university in Montpellier, Philippe worked in the wine trade in Paris before relocating to London in order to get a new perspective on the industry. Philippe started at BI in 2009 and is now doing what he's most passionate about - Purchasing. Philippe enjoys running, hiking, travel – and of course, great wine.


Sylvain Lepeltier

Purchasing

Originally from Normandy, Sylvain earned his BS in Business specialising in food and beverages. In London, he completed his WSET Advanced and worked for a prominent high street wine retailer before starting at BI. His favorite wines are Burgundian reds and German Rieslings. When Sylvain isn't studying for his WSET Diploma, he can be found playing the drums, cheering for Arsenal, or perhaps not at all – he loves travelling almost as much as fine wine.


Margaux Musset

Purchasing

The aptly-named Margaux is originally from Bordeaux – St Emilion to be specific – where her parents run a vineyard; so she has always been in contact with the wine industry. Naturally passionate about wine, Margaux studied Wines and Spirits in Bordeaux. The lure of London and its incredible wine business provided the next challenge, leading Margaux to join Bordeaux Index in the purchasing department.


Tim Patch

Purchasing

After studying Economics and Management at Manchester University, Tim began working at Fidelity Investment services and CCF Stockbrokers. He then spent the majority of his career at Eurobrokers (where he was an associate director) and Tradition and Tulletts dealing interest rate derivatives. Away from work, Tim swims every morning, practices yoga and is an avid Manchester United fan.


Marketing & PR - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0705
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Giles Cooper

Head Of Marketing and PR

Having walked the familiar path into the wine trade via Majestic Wine’s graduate retail scheme, Giles progressed from store level to Marketing Manager in 2005. For the next 5 years Giles ran the direct marketing function at Majestic before briefly dipping out of wine and into food. Eventually the lure of the wine trade became too much and, in late 2011, Giles returned to the industry of his passion, joining BI as Head of Marketing and PR.


Administration - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0700
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Michelle Wilson

PA to Gary Boom


Emma Sharp

Trading Desk Support


Ellen Trusty

Administrative Support


Information Technology - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0704
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Paul Turner

Head of IT


Julien Serazin

Lead Developer


Phil Holmes

Senior Developer


Yan Urquiza

Senior Developer


Shilpa Krishnan

Developer


Bernard Taylor

IT Support


Operations - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0710
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Darren Luetchford

Head of Operations


Rakesh Ladva

Logistics Manager


Scott Haley

Stock Control


Johanna Villa

Imports Supervisor


Marion Bournot

Imports Coordinator


Raphaelle Thuret

Exports Supervisor


Alistair Hobdell

UK Delivery Coordinator


Adrian Want

London Delivery Driver


Accounts - Phone Number: +44 (0) 20 7269 0702
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Gerald Dreyer

Financial Controller


Steven Godman

Accountant


Ewelina Konpa

Accountant


Mariana Graciasova

Accountant


HK Staff & Contacts

Hong Kong Office
BI Wines and Spirits Ltd.
27/F Tai Yip Building
141 Thomson Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone Number: +852 2504 1122

Directors
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Guy Ruston

Managing Director - Hong Kong


Doug Rumsam

Director


Sales Team
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Keith Ho

Private Sales Manager


Winston Yau

Private Sales


Ichie Yoshida

Trade Sales


Administration
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Clement Lam

Administrative Support


Operations
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Vani Kong

Hong Kong Imports & Exports


Winnie Lai

Hong Kong Deliveries


Accounts
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Derek Au

Accountant


Singapore Staff & Contacts

Singapore Office
BI Wines and Spirits (Singapore) Pte Ltd
11 Collyer Quay
#13-04 The Arcade
Singapore 049317
Phone Number: +65 6474 7310

Directors
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Angelina Teh

Managing Director [Mobile: +65 9387 4910]


Operations
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Suki Li

Operations and Admin Executive


USA Staff & Contacts

Address & Registered Office
BI Fine Wine Merchant Inc.
7083 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Joe Marchant: +1 (323) 823-9299

Directors
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Joe Marchant

Director [Mobile: +1(323) 823-9299]