Richard, who has spent his whole professional career in the drinks industry, developed an interest in wine during time spent living and working in France either side of university. He joined Maisons Marques et Domaines in 2012 as Sales & Marketing Director and draws on a wealth of experience in champagne, premium wine and spirits, gained over the last two decades in a number of head office, senior sales and management positions at Moet Hennessy UK and Mentzendorff. Appointed Managing Director in April 2015, Richard leads the 16 strong team at MMD, oversees the strategic development of the MMD portfolio and manages key brand partnerships. Outside of work, he enjoys family time, following sport and keeping fit in the gym.
Working closely with Charles King over the last fifteen years, Stuart has helped to create and maintain a profitable fine wine distributor in the UK for the benefit of Champagne Louis Roederer, other brand holders and employees. He draws from his wide-ranging experience gained in the French luxury goods market, particularly that aquired whilst working for Parfums Christian Dior and Groupe Publicitas. Other experience has been gained working at group and subsidiary levels in senior management positions that have exposed him to the US and German markets. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having trained with Ernst and Young, and a Member of the Institute of Taxation.
Soon after graduating from Cambridge, Mark became fascinated by the mystery and variety of fine wines. Starting in the wine trade specialising in Champagne and Burgundy, in his spare time he studied to be a Master of Wine. His keen enthusiasm for Champagne led to him becoming, in 1986, a founder member of Maisons Marques et Domaines. As Fine Wine Director, he has responsibility for sales to prestige wine merchants as well as the selection, presentation and communication of MMD’s finest wines. Mark has been a Master of Wine for 30 years and is Chair of the Events & Tastings Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Scholar, athlete, writer, thinker, humorist, salesman; Charles joined the team, originally as London Sales Manager, in 2004 and has previously worked with a number of grande marque Champagne house’s UK distributors since starting in the trade in a Burgundy vineyard in 1992. He has managed the national off-trade business since 2009, maintains responsibility for key London on-trade and independent off-trade accounts and oversees management of the London BDE. He qualified for his WSET wine diploma in 2001 and as a former President of the Wine Trade Sports Club is a trustee of their Foundation charity. Away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, has a passion for cycling and playing cricket, and is allegedly MMD’s tallest employee ever.
Simon began his time at Maisons Marques et Domaines straight after finishing a French and Business Studies degree back in 2001. He started in the customer services department and, despite initially planning to continue looking for a ‘proper job’, soon found the world of the wine to be rather addictive. A subsequent move into the sales team in 2005 harnessed this interest and allowed him to develop new skills in the field. Simon is now responsible for a range of customers within London and the South East, with a particular focus on luxury retail, independent merchants and the prestige on-trade.
Mario started his career in hospitality in Italy before moving to the UK in 2008, when he continued in the same industry working for established brands such as Conrad and Waldorf Astoria, part of the luxury Hilton Worldwide portfolio and also with well-known chefs Michel Roux Jr. and the 2009 MasterChef winner Steve Groves at Roux at Parliament Square.
Mario’s passion for wines, and a great opportunity to look after London on trade for Sogrape UK (Sandeman ambassador), enabled him to move to the wine trade in 2016. He also worked with Liberty Wines during his time at Sogrape due to the distribution agreement between both companies.
In October 2017 he decided to take on a fantastic project at MMD as a London Sales Manager focussing on prestigious on-trade customers.
Mario really enjoys cooking and food experiences, both of which go hand in hand with exceptional wines! Outside work, Mario enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports and watching them.
Adam joined the wine trade in 2001 working for a wine retailer. Working at the coal face of the industry, the highlight of his retail career was managing a £1.8 million turnover store. After five successful years in retail he has spent the last eight years working for a UK agent in the on trade and then a Spanish producer in the off trade. His broad experience is invaluable in a role such as this and he most enjoys spending time in trade with his customers, be it at portfolio tastings, winemaker dinners and events or staff training sessions. He eagerly describes his recent move to Maisons Marques et Domaines as his dream job in the wine trade and is looking forward to all the challenges that lay ahead. He is passionate about the quality and depth of wines in the portfolio as they have a strong sense of place and great stories to tell.A dam likes to spend his spare time sailing. He sails all manner of boats from dinghies to yachts and has raced in ten Round the Island races, this year finishing 41st out of 1,580 boats that started. In 2013, he raced in the RORC off shore season and completed his first Fastnet race, racing from Cowes to the southern tip of Ireland and back to Plymouth. He is also a great cook and enjoys catching fish on the local beach and firing up the barbecue – cheers!!
Christine really owes her love of wine to her Grandfather, having spent many summers drinking through his well stocked cellar in Germany. Having graduated with a Masters in War Studies, Christine started her career in the whisky industry in Scotland before the temptation to join the wine industry became too much. After five years working as Marketing and Brand Manager with another importer in the UK, Christine joined the team in September 2014 as Brand Manager for Ramos Pinto, Duas Quintas, Domaines Ott, Domaine Faiveley, Marqués de Murrieta, Pazo Barrantes and Rapaura Springs. A self confessed wine geek and lover of all things Spain, Christine has worked vintages in Rioja and Calatayud and is working her way through the WSET Diploma.
A spontaneous university summer spent doing vintage in Bordeaux marked the start of a life-long passion and set the course for the rest of Alex’s life. 3 years in South Africa and 2 vintages later she returned to London to expand her knowledge and experience. The past 10 years have been spent working in the premium London on-trade, marketing, brand ambassadorial roles and brand management. Always keen to expand her horizons Alex embarked upon the Master of Wine course, winning the Reh Kendermann scholarship though yet to achieve the coveted letters after her name. In the meantime she qualified as a WSET educator and won the Young Wine Writer of the Year Award. Alex’s spare time revolves around her demanding Jack Russell, kick boxing, jet skiing, the gym and as much fine wine and travel as possible.
Effi is a multilingual winelover; her passion was born out of her fierce curiosity about aromas and flavours. She served this spirit of enquiry by analysing sensory-active wine compounds in a tiny lab at the School of Chemistry for 2 semesters. A harvest at a reputable Greek winery followed before moving to France and Germany to enrol in the Vinifera Euromaster, an M.Sc. in Oenology and Viticulture. Having graduated, she moved to London and joined the sommelier team at Marcus Wareing. She gained a multifaceted experience while working at the e-Commerce department of Amathus Drinks, a specialist importer and retailer and she cut her teeth in the world of wine collectors and investors at Genesis Wines. Effi joined Maisons Marques et Domaines in July 2015 as Brand Manager for Pio Cesare, Tommasi, Castiglion del Bosco, Marchesi Mazzei, Domaines Schlumberger, Pascal Jolivet and Meerlust Estate. A true lover of Italian food, literature and cinematography, she enjoys cooking, writing in her blog and playing tennis.
While studying for her degree in French and English at University College London, Kate spent a year in Bordeaux which is when she fell head over heels for wine! Determined to turn this passion into a career, she then passed her level 3 WSET with flying colours and started working for CIVA (Alsace Wines), maintaining and developing their social media. While working for CIVA, Kate completed a Level 4 Diploma in Wine, Gastronomy and Management at Le Cordon Bleu London to broaden her knowledge of wine and the wine industry. Kate joined the team in September 2015 as a Marketing Assistant and has worked her way up to Junior Brand Manager, looking after Quartet, Domaine Anderson and Carpe Diem. In her spare time, Kate enjoys climbing, reading, cooking and swimming.
Following departure from her native New Zealand in the early 1990s, Marti began working in the UK wine trade and discovered that her palate was rather suited to champagne! A sales support role at Maisons Marques et Domaines led into Brand Management where Marti gained her WSET Advanced qualification and looked after a number of the family agencies. After 9 years she ventured away for a sabbatical with McKinley Vintners to assist with the IT, marketing and distribution of Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin amongst others. Marti returned to MMD in 2001 to head the Customer Services Department and is now responsible for the operations and commercial aspects of the company to ensure a seamless service for our Principals and Customers alike. Latest project implementations include the MMD rebrand and this very website!
Nick started his working life between the beaches and ski slopes of France before returning to the UK to take up a career as Event Manager for a catering company. During this time, Nick gained his WSET Advanced qualification before jumping ship to join the wine trade and the Maisons Marques et Domaines team in 2005. Initially working in the Customer Services Department, Nick then migrated to the Marketing Department to assist with all aspects of event planning, notably organising the Annual Tastings and a pivital role co-ordinating the LRIWWA. In 2011 Nick returned to the oversee the Customer Services Department as Sales & Purchasing Manager where he looks after the purchasing requirements from our non-Roederer agencies. Nick is a keen photographer and enjoys a good pint of ale.
Originally from Milan, Francesca moved back to the UK for her second time in early 2018 following an earlier stint in the capital city. After graduating in Tourism & Hospitality, she spent a few years based in London and genuinely fell in love with the city. She has previous experience in a sales and administration environment – however, the wine trade is a new adventure for her. Francesca joined Maisons Marques et Domaines in summer 2018 as Customer Service Administrator. With her curiosity and enthusiasm, Francesca is eager to learn and discover all the aspects of the wine and champagne industry. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking – she really enjoys discovering new cuisines – reading and travel as soon as she get the chance.
Niven originally came from a technical background where he has previously worked as a IT project manager and consultant. Niven joined Maisons Marques et Domaines in the summer of 2013 where he currently looks after the IT systems in-house to ensure all users are working without any issues and that all communication (emails, mobile communication) internally and externally remains active. Niven also works in the Finance Department to ensure all purchase ledger invoices are paid on time as well as looking after the sales ledger postings. Niven has recently become a father for the first time to a baby girl and he will not be the same ever again!!