Leadership Team & Trustees

A message from our Chief Executive

It is an exciting time for WSET, and I am very privileged to be leading a team of people who give so much, and who are immensely proud of what we have achieved as the world’s leading provider of education and qualifications in the field of wines, spirits and sake.

We continue to invest in our core courses and qualifications, by offering them in 15 languages ensuring that they remain accessible and fit for purpose. All this allows us to continue our mission to have the highest possible standards of teaching and qualifications, delivered by our growing global network of 800+ course providers.

Ian joined WSET as Chief Executive in 2002, and has overall responsibility for the Trust - reporting to the WSET Board of Trustees. Ian's vision is to continue the global growth of WSET while raising the profile of WSET to ensure it meets the needs of an ever-changing global wine and spirit market.

Ian Harris DipWSET

Chief Executive, Ian Harris DipWSET

WSET's Leadership Team

Under the aegis of the Chief Executive, the general governance of WSET is managed by the leadership team:


Chief Information Officer: Tony Cook

HR Director: Michelle Tracy

Finance Director: Ian Deed

WSET School Principal: Richard Harding


Chief Academic Programs Officer: Johanna Anderson

Qualifications Director: Antony Moss MW DipWSET

Business development

Executive Director, WSET Americas: Dave Rudman DipWSET

Managing Director, WSET Asia Pacific Limited: Jude Mullins DipWSET

Business Development Director EMEA: Rachel Webster DipWSET

Marketing Director: Carolyn d’Aguilar DipWSET



The original founders of WSET represented the cornerstones of the UK wine and spirits trade, and representatives from each of these organisations continue to serve on our Board of Trustees.

Simon McMurtrie is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA)

The WSTA represents companies covering all sectors of wine and spirits in the United Kingdom including production, import, export, transport and sales.

WSTA members range from major retailers, brand owners and wholesalers to fine wine and spirit specialists, logistics and bottling companies.

The WSTA provides market data, industry information and updates to its members, as well as providing opportunities to influence UK government policy through committees, networking groups and events.

WSTA representatives:

  • Lulie Halstead
  • Dan Jago
  • Sukhinder Singh

Worshipful Company of Distillers

The Worshipful Company of Distillers was founded in 1638 when its founder, Sir Theodore de Mayerne, physician to Charles 1st, obtained a Royal Charter to regulate the distilling trade in the Cities of London, and the City of Westminster and within 21 miles thereof (later extended to 31 miles).

Now they aim to:

  • To raise awareness within the UK industry
  • To be the pre-eminent leader in spirits education
  • To raise their profile both within the City and with other Livery Companies
  • To support charitable causes
  • To foster fellowship within the Livery

Members enjoy networking events throughout the year, with opportunities to connect with peers and mentors.

Worshipful Company of Distillers representative:

  • Allen Gibbons

Vintners' Company

The Vintners’ Company, with its first charter in 1363 is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.

The Company devotes a proportion of its resources to furthering wine education in the UK as well as donating sizeable sums to a number of London-based charities, especially those concerned with alcohol abuse.

Vintners' Company representatives:

  • Simon McMurtrie (Chairman of the Board of Trustees)
  • Miles Beale
  • Jo Thornton

Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) was founded by the Vintners’ Company and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. They recognised that they needed to improve the standard of wine education in the British wine trade and create a formal certification for the most talented and knowledgeable members of the trade. The first examinations were held in 1953 and the Institute was formed in 1955 by the members who passed this inaugural exam.

Completing the Master of Wine program is now widely seen as one of the highest achievements in the wine trade and has grown from a qualification for the UK trade to encompassing members from 30 countries, for whom the institute organises events and trips.

Institute of Masters of Wine representative:

  • Jo Locke MW