Discover new routes into wine with our panel of industry insiders as they reveal the stories behind their unique career paths in the world of wine and technology.
You don't need be making, selling or serving to work in the wine industry. Our new series will explore a variety of careers in wine, shining a spotlight on some of the lesser-known but incredibly exciting roles that are available in this dynamic industry. Each session will have a different focus, from design and branding, to tech and wine communication.
Each evening will start with a panel talk followed by a Q&A – have your questions ready! We'll finish the night with a glass of wine and the opportunity to meet the panellists and your fellow attendees. (The speakers will be revealed soon.)
Join us for the the second session of our careers series and hear insights from our panel, each of whom work in the world of wine tech. We’ll be discussing how our line up became involved in crunching data and creating gizmos to examine and enhance our interactions with wine. Find out about their unconventional route into the trade, their current roles, and get insights into what the future of wine tech looks like.
Who should attend?
- You work in wine and are looking to learn more about the different roles in the industry
- You want to make a career change and move into the drinks industry
- You want to learn from and be inspired by industry leaders
- You'd like the opportunity to network with fellow wine industry professionals
Meet the panel
Nicola (Nikki) Graham was born in London and attended school and university in the UK. She spent a year studying in Texas and another two years managing a restaurant in Australia before returning to the UK and joining Liv-ex in 2016. Since then, Nicola has completed her WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits and CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing. She was recently included in Harpers' Wine & Spirit's 30 Under 30 list, which highlights he "best and brightest" of the next generation of industry leadership, as their "Communications Champion".
Having never missed a single London Wine Fair (LWF) since the turn of the millennium, attending as both exhibitor and visitor over the years, Hannah took on the role of LWF Event Director in 2017. The first edition under her tenure enjoyed a rewarding twenty percent jump in attendance. The pandemic certainly made the role more challenging in the ensuing years, but gave rise to Hannah launching the biggest online wine event in the world (to her knowledge!), LWF Digital in 2021.
Prior to LWF she has always worked in wine and spirits publishing roles and events organisation. From a Sales Executive on Decanter magazine as a recent graduate, to launching the Imbibe portfolio in 2008 as Publisher and Show Director, via a few years working drinks trade magazines at William Reed, consulting on The Wine Merchant magazine and a Managing Director Role for The Wine Gang.
Having graduated from the University of St Andrews longer ago than he cares to remember, Andy, like many waifs and strays found himself in London where he spent a decade and a half bumbling about in the City. Having decided he really wasn't enjoying himself he decided to turn his hobby into his career. After taking a WSET course, he happily embarked his wine career at one of St James's established wine merchants where he spent the next four years immersed in all things Fine Wine. Andy joined Vivino in October of 2021 as the UK Marketing Manager, having been an avid user of the app for some years. In his spare time he follows all the currently least successful rugby teams, and takes solace in a good glass or two of claret. He also enjoys reading a lot of history.
Other sessions in this series:
- Part 1: Designing wine (Monday 20 February)
- Part 3: Words, words, words (Monday 24 April)
The individual sessions cost £10, which includes a glass of wine and some snacks. You can save by booking all three together for £25.
Booking terms and conditions
Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.
Cancellations and transfers
- Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
- Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
- If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
- WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.
Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.