Martin Skelton

Managing Director

Martin is a ‘lifer’ at GB, having lived and worked for several years in Jerez, and since 2004 in St. Albans, where he started the UK office. It’s not all been about Spain and Sherry though, as he has also worked in Bordeaux and Stellenbosch.

He loves the eclectic mix of characters in the company and the strong sense of ‘belonging’ to a family business. He is a ‘weekend-chef’ alternating between the Moro cookbook (ed.1) and Jamie Oliver’s 30 mins. (more like 2 hours!). His desert island wine is, of course, ‘Tio Pepe en rama’. He endlessly endeavours to stay fit and cycles into work (in dry weather). He is one of the major authorities on Sherry in the UK.

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Melissa Draycott

Sales Director

Member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino de Espana, Melissa is on a mission to convert the UK to Sherry and Spanish wine drinking. Previously a Retailer and Wine and Spirits Buyer for Sainsbury’s, she started working as Sales Director for Gonzalez Byass UK in 2010. Her regular trips to the local gym (where they have a comprehensive wine list) are interspersed with trips to Spain to visit family. Melissa’s current tipples of choice are Tio Pepe enjoyed well-chilled out in her Suffolk garden or a glass of Champagne Deutz with friends at the top of the Shard.

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Arthur Voulgaris

Senior Business Development Manager

Arthur calls himself “internationally confused”, being of Greek descent and growing up in Australia, now settled in London’s  Spitalfields and happily part of the Gonzalez Byass family heading up the London team.

He found his way to us via selling Australian Wines down under, managing Melbourne’s famous Supper Club Wine Bar and running a tight ship in food and beverage with the Hyatt Hotel Group.

Most often found saying ‘the diet starts next week’ while tucking into a plate of patatas bravas, Arthur of course loves all GBUK brands in equal measure, but he does seem to drink a lot of Deutz.

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Carolyn Sharp

Business Development Manager

A veritable “bon vivant” of the London scene and one of the bubbliest characters we are lucky to have at GBUK. Following a long, long stint at Diageo in various guises, Carolyn joined the London Sales Team at the start of 2012 and to date has been wowing sommeliers across London with her passion and enthusiasm for our wines. Indeed, in her spare time, Carolyn revels in travelling to wineries and vineyards, and loves seafood cookery, food and wine-matching. Her favourite wine to partner with her seafood creations is Finca Constancia Parcela 52 and her favourite sherry is Leonor.

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David Hayward

Business Development Manager

After a long career in catering and culinary arts David joined the Gonzalez Byass UK team in 2013. From his base in Wiltshire he looks after the Wild West and the Welsh Valleys. When not stuck behind a herd of cows or a flock of sheep he can possibly be found flying Tiger Moths and Microlights or strolling the Wiltshire downs and walking his non-existent dog along the Kennet and Avon Canal. An enthusiastic cook and seafood lover, his favourite meal would be of Lobster Thermidor or Oysters, enjoyed with a glass or three of Deutz Champagne or Jackson Estate Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc.

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Suzie Parr

Senior Business Manager

Yorkshire lass Suzie is a poacher turned gamekeeper. Starting her drinks career at Majestic and Moreno wines, she spent the next 7 years at Morrison’s buying Spanish and South American wines, before moving to GBUK in 2008 to practice the dark arts of sales. On team trips to Spain, Suzie’s commendable language skills come in handy when ordering rounds of more than “cuatro cervezas.” Known for her splendid and frequently plagiarised PowerPoint presentations, Suzie loves a glass or two of Beronia Reserva Rioja and looking after her two young sons.

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Marcin Schilling

Business Development Manager

Hailing originally from Poland, Marcin has made his mark on the London food and drink scene over the previous decade or so. Honing his skills as a Sommelier in one of London’s most notable restaurants, Marcin spent 7 years working in the Wine Department at Selfridges, where he advised the great and the good of London on fine plonk. Hugely passionate about wine in all its form, Marcin is a welcome addition to the London Sales Team, which he joined in January 2013. Marcin has a special affiliation with fizz, having won the Champagne Academy Award a few years back in his Selfridges days, and nowadays can usually be found relaxing with a glass of Vilarnau Gran Reserva.

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Paul Shepherd

Business Development Manager

In 2011, Gonzalez Byass UK was looking to expand its Palomino-based empire Northwards. After several fruitless sorties outside the M25 the company was yet to find a suitable individual to meet its strict requirements; an intelligent, passionate and presentable wine enthusiast with own transportation. At the same time, a young Northern male was out foraging in the forests of West Wirral, searching for berries to ferment into something potent to sell to his neighbours. Frustrated with his job at the coal mines, he decided to erect some ‘Man+Van for hire’ signs around the North West in an attempt to find a new revenue source. One of these signs was seen by a wandering GBUK employee and the rest is history.

Director of Sales, Melissa Draycott said of Paul’s appointment “While we couldn’t quite find anyone in the North of England to meet all five of our necessary requirements, Paul does at least have his own transport”.

Paul can usually be found sitting on his rocking chair on his front porch drinking Cedro do Noval.

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Steve Shield

Senior Business Manager

One of GBUK’s founding fathers, Steve has worked as a business manager in the wine industry since modern records began. His huge experience, methodical approach and vast reserves of patience confer an air of Zen-like repose and make Steve a safe and reliable set of hands for a diverse selection of channels and accounts. It is no surprise that Steve also relies upon this acute mental discipline in his private life; perhaps when fishing or whilst enjoying a round of golf. A self confessed urban wolf, the recent arrival of a daughter has transformed this former player in to the model rural father. However, some things remain consistent; Steve likes nothing better than to relax with a glass of his house white, Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc.

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Robert Markham

Business Development Manager

Rob began his career in wine in a small independent wine shop in a quiet town in sleepy west Wiltshire. It was here he spent solitary Sunday shifts behind the till, sifting through wine literature. His first ever trip to Spain was in fact to Jerez as a 13 year old on an exchange and years later he went on to study Spanish and French at university, so quite fitting to have ended up with Gonzalez Byass!

Now a fully-fledged Londoner with a country soul, Rob is a very keen cook, loves playing guitar (he’s that guy who cracks out the guitar at parties), going to gigs, travel & adventure. When he’s not running round a tennis court, hacking round a golf course, cycling or hiking up mountains, he enjoys nothing more than to recline with a glass of Apóstoles Palo Cortado, with some of his favourite Django Reinhardt music playing in the background.

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Hamish Bredin

Business Development Manager

Hamish is truly nomadic by nature having grown up in Asia as the son of a Gurkha yet having English & Irish roots. He is yet to live in the same area for more than four years. Having gained much wine knowledge as a youthful, long haired cellar dweller for Corney & Barrow East Anglia he went on to tour much of England for Majestic Wines & Enotria & Coe. More recently he has found himself in the North East as there are a spoiling number of superb record shops to be found.

When Hamish isn’t avoiding phone signal by delving deep into Northumberland or the Yorkshire dales he can be found at home alphabetising his record collection of ‘miserable Scottish music’ whilst practicing his Geordie accent or amalgamating recipes in order to create the ‘perfect curry’. He is also a keen fake photographer, gig goer & reader of dystopian literature.

Hamish prefers life unfiltered, much like a chilled glass of Una Palma Fino paired with the glorious resonances of Biffy Clyro.

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Alison Easton

Head of Marketing

Alison Easton heads up the Marketing department at GBUK.

She is in her element when passing on her extensive wine knowledge to journalists and customers alike.

She is a red-hot salsa dancer and loves going on long walks with her Miniature Schnauzer Pippa who probably owns more coats than she does!

Her favourite tipple is Mrs Wigley Moscato, which is bubbly, sweet, and great fun, just like our Al!

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Steph Hill

Brand Manager

Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Steph fell in love with all things vinous working for Majestic, and was Manager at Gerards Cross before moving to Gonzalez Byass UK.

A keen painter, in her spare time Steph can be found indulging in her artistic side, or just curled up on the sofa watching Downton Abbey with a glass of Beronia Reserva.

Steph is Brand Manager for Finca Constancia, Jackson Estate and Beronia, one of Gonzalez Byass UK’s leading brands.

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Sarah Pollard

Senior Brand and Communications Manager

A keen runner and fitness fanatic, it is no surprise that Sarah has hefty reserves of tenacity, patience and commitment. Responsible for our range of authentic Sherry, including the iconic Tio Pepe, she is a hugely experienced brand manager, combining cool resolve with a flair for impeccable implementation. Sarah is used to a challenge, juggling her career with the demands of three young children. Unfortunately though, Sarah’s hectic schedule allows for absolutely no opportunity for relaxation and the only thing that keeps her going is the thought of a glass of Apostoles Palo Cortado at the end of the day.

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Richard Witter

Brand Manager

Affectionately known as the office hoover in marketing, less affectionately known as a biscuit thief in customer services. Hobbies include nature photography, tennis and attempting to exercise enough to justify his eating.

Originally from Warrington and after spells in Bath, York, Newcastle and Windsor he has now put down roots in St Albans. Richard’s drinking career began at Majestic Wine, working in both stores and head office before joining the Gonzalez Byass UK team.

Richard is brand manager for Quinta do Noval, Champagne Deutz and Disznókő; as well as assisting our Senior Brand Manager Sarah with the very important job of looking after our Sherry.

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Ben Wyse

Brand Manager

Born in the shadow of the Worcestershire sauce factory and raised in Cyprus, Ben has also spent some time Northamptonshire and Lesotho. His wine journey began in Cadiz, Spain where he spent much of his time relaxing on the beach with a glass of ice cold fino. After a year Ben had to leave the sun behind and return to Leeds to finish his degree in History. On completing his studies he turned his hand to wine making in Portugal. With his new found wine knowledge joined Majestic Wines in January 2013.

When Ben is not travelling the world you can find him shouting at University Challenge on the TV with a glass of Wirra Wirra Church Block. He also enjoys scuba diving and sailing.

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Billie Goodman

Marketing Assistant

Billie joined the GBUK team in January 2015 and in her role she supports both the marketing and sales team.

Out of work, she is kept busy entertaining two small children, at farms, playgroup, singing clubs and ballet. After a full of day of school runs, work, gym, dinner and bath time and her little angels are finally in bed, she likes to relax with a glass or two of Jackson Estate Stich.

Billie enjoys travelling and has visited America, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia over the years.

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Christina Turner

Communications & Digital Marketing Executive

Christina’s wine journey started with Gonzalez Byass UK in October 2015 and as a lover of food and drink, she is enjoying quickly developing her wine knowledge.

Working closely with our brand managers, she looks after all things social media and digital at the company with Sarah.

In her spare time she enjoys weekend surfing trips to Cornwall or travelling further afield to somewhere new.

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Emma Jones

Events & Office Manger

Emma is the newest addition to the marketing team at GBUK. Previously from Decanter she has excellent experience in organising events.

Emma is looking forward to discovering more about Spanish wines and sherries at Gonzalez Byass UK, as well as tasting through all of the other wines in our portfolio.

In her spare time, she can be found at home in her art studio where she enjoys creating paintings to exhibit locally in St Albans.

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Kerry Reid

Customer Services Manager

Despite only scuba-diving once on holiday, Kerry’s greatest wish is to cage-dive with Great White Sharks! No less exciting, but slightly safer, her day job is right at the sharp end of GBUK, processing customer orders, ensuring that these are delivered accurately and on time. Kerry loves to travel with her family, having already been to Australia twice (show off), Greece, Israel and Spain. When not pounding the cross-trainer in the gym to the gentle rhythms of the Kings of Leon, she can be found enjoying a chilled glass of Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc with her friends.

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Teresa Orme

Accounts Administrator 

Teresa‘s most boring job was as a “Strict Alphabetical File Clerk”, whatever that is, so processing customer invoices at GBUK is a thrill-a-minute. It’s surprising that she finds time for work though, travelling all over the world from France to Fiji, Canada to the Caribbean, and all places in-between. Teresa loves cooking, so long as it’s her husband doing it, she has a passion for crime novels and thrillers, and the music of Johnny Cash. Her top-tipple is an ice-cold glass of Tio Pepe, shared with friends in her garden.

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Kim Anderson

Customer Service Administrator

Born and raised in Harpenden, Kim joined the Customer Service team at Gonzalez Byass UK in January 2015.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys travelling to places such as Thailand, Australia, South Africa and visiting her family in America.

Kim is often getting out her running shoes for charity and has taken part in many runs including the Moonwalk and the London Marathon. Her wine of choice is Beronia Rioja Reserva.

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Janet Betchley

Sales Administrator

Janet is a founder-member of the GBUK team, although, not content with the balmy St Albans’ climate, she moved her desk to a beach in Spain. Jan is a compulsive list maker (bordering on OCD), has excellent attention to detail, and is a great listener, especially when its Adele or Ed Sheeran on the gramophone. She loves being by the sea, reading and music, and is passionate about good food and wine, especially Vilarnau Cava Rosado. Jan’s motto is – Life is not a dress rehearsal.

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