Speakers

  • Imbibe Live Online - 29 & 30 June 2020

    Join us for thought-provoking sessions, where we will be joined by some of the most valued voices in the hospitality industry. Listen to them share their experiences and wisdom for the future of the industry post-lockdown. Learn more about our panel of industry-professional speakers here.
  • DAY 1

    Monday 29 June 2020

  • 11:00 – 12:00

    Practical and commercial considerations for re-opening – Lessons from around the world and what you can do to prepare

  • Petter Nyberg

    Owner/Sommelier, Restaurang CG

    Petter Nyberg lives in the northern part of Sweden. Since 2012 he has owned and managed a high-end steakhouse called Restaurang CG.

  • James Brown

    Global Retail Director, BrewDog, and Founder, TiPJAR

    James Brown is Global Retail Director for BrewDog, responsible for BrewDogs expanding global presence of craft beer bars, currently operating 105 locations spread across UK, EU, US and Australia. In 2017 James founded TiPJAR a digital tipping ecosystem designed for contactless tipping and removing the burden of managing and distributing tips from businesses as well.

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    Tash Conte

    Director, Black Pearl
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    Harry Bennett

    Business Development, Flow Hospitality Training

    Born into the industry Harry's father owned and operated the infamous 'Harry's Bar' in Edinburgh during the 1980s. It was inevitable the young Harry would join the industry and end up operating premium bars & restaurants, orchestrating new openings and refurbishments, developing both food & drink menus and dabbling in sales and marketing. From working his way up to GM of an underground nightclub at a young age, to winning SLTA’s ‘Cocktail Bar of The Year’ award in 2015 at Edinburgh's Sygn Bar, Harry has demonstrated an incredible passion and loyalty to the industry for over 20 years.

  • 12:30 – 13:30

    Emerging consumer trends and how that could impact your drinks menu after lockdown

    Sponsored by MrJ

  • Lorraine Copes

    Head of Procurement, Corbin & King

    Lorraine Copes MCIPS is a senior procurement leader, with 19 years’ experience. She is currently the Head of Procurement at Corbin & King and has previously worked with brands such as Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Shake Shack, TGI Fridays and Elior UK, where she has designed and delivered Procurement strategy to improve profitability and re-designed robust supply chains that are sustainable and efficient..

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    Kieran McCaul

    Drinks Buyer, Fuller, Smith & Turner
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    Jonny Jones

    Director of Client Services, CGA

    Jonny and the CGA Client Services team work closely with leading drinks suppliers, using CGA’s best in class data, insight and consultancy services to support their on premise channel strategies. Jonny makes sure CGA’s clients have the highest level of service, data and insight to help brands unlock new sales and marketing opportunities. He joined us an account manager in 2009, soon rising through our ranks. Jonny has a strong interest in all drinks sectors but his real passion is beer. He is a keen home brewer and is most proud of his chocolate orange imperial stout.

  • Laura Willoughby

    Director, Club Soda

    Laura Willoughby MBE is co-founder of Club Soda, the Mindful Drinking Movement. Their aim is to create a world where nobody feels out of place not drinking. Club Soda has individuals, drinks brands, and social spaces in its membership.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

    Industry Matters: From Survive to Thrive – What’s in store for hospitality over the next 12-18 months and how to get there

    In association with WSET

  • Anna Sebastian

    Bar Manager, Artesian Bar at the Langham Hotel
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    Drew Mallins

    Founder, London Bartenders Association

    Drew has spent over 13 years in hospitality working in bars and restaurants in the UK and Middle East. He founded The LBA in 2010 and it has grown to be the most resourceful social media community for the drinks industry in London. He started his own hospitality and business consultancy called Kwek in 2020.

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    Liam Scandrett

    UK Business Development Manager – Spirits, WSET

    Like many, Liam started in the booze business casually, working in pubs from the age of 16. It was when travelling & working in Australia in his mid-twenties when his interest in hospitality and cocktail culture really took hold. In 2011, he began working for a number of spirits brands on brand education, activation and drinks development. Always intrigued in the production processes and choices behind flavour in spirits, he began his role as UK Spirits Business Development Manager for WSET in 2016 in an aim to bring clear, unbiased and objective spirits education to the UK trade. He manages all of the UK spirits focussed providers.

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    Lyndon Higginson

    Founder & Director, The Liars Club
  • 15:00 - 15:30

    INSTAGRAM LIVE INTERVIEW: Accessing Help: Wellness Services

  • Ross Carter

    CEO, The Drinks Trust

    Ross Carter joined The Drinks Trust as CEO in June 2019 having headed up the foodservice and hospitality division of exhibition organiser, Fresh Montgomery, where he led the strategic repositioning of the UK’s longest standing hospitality trade event Hotelympia, now HRC as well as running London Wine Fair between 2013 and 2017. Since joining The Drinks Trust, he has re-branded and re-positioned the charity making it the community organisation for the drinks industry, offering support and services to help its community thrive, to upskill, to broaden their knowledge, to network and learn from one another.

  • Robyn Black

    Editor, Imbibe UK

    Robyn Black has been sipping, slurping and writing about drinks for well over a decade. In that time she has worked for The Guardian, the Drinks Business, The Grocer, Publican’s Morning Advertiser and Inapub, covering both the on- and off-trades. In a bid to bring some gravitas to her career, she has aced several drinking qualifications including the WSET Advanced course; twice completed Beer Academy, and is reigning champion at the annual Black Christmas Quaffing Competition.

  • 15:30 – 16:30

    Taste of the UK – A showcase of UK drinks and how to make the best of local producers

  • Henry Rymill

    Sales and Marketing Manager, Simpsons' Wine Estate

    Henry Rymill is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Simpsons’ Wine Estate. Before joining the great team here at Simpsons’ he established and ran an independent wine merchant called the Wine Room in Whitstable Kent for 9 years. Prior to that he have owned a small vineyard in McLaren Vale, South Australia, worked in PR and has been a Sales and Marketing Manager for similar wine estates in South Australia such as Kangarilla Road and Wirra Wirra as well as Assistant Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal.

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    Sarah Marshall

    Lab Manager, Shepherd Neame

    Sarah has worked for Shepherd Neame, Britain's Oldest Brewer, for 10 years, working her way up through the Lab to Lab Manager and qualified Brewer. She is responsible for sensory analysis and quality of the products, and assists the Quality Manager in maintaining certification from various auditing bodies. Shepherd Neame brew over 40 different products for cask, keg, bottle and can, including contract brewing for international partners and own products for supermarkets. They have over 300 pubs & hotels within the South East of the UK and export to over 30 countries.

  • Angus Lugsdin

    Co-Founder & Director, Salcombe Distilling Co.
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    Jacopo Mazzeo

    News Editor, Imbibe UK

    Jacopo Mazzeo can’t recall what kick-started his wild passion for beer and wine, but he’s sure in 2004 he was already supporting his studies at the University of Bologna by working with them. He finally realised that the drinks industry was his true love after his madness brought him to complete a PhD in musicology at the University of Southampton.

    Before he landed at Imbibe in 2018, he was head sommelier at The Pig Hotel in the New Forest. He is a professional beer sommelier and in 2016 he was awarded Young Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers.

  • 16:30 -17:00

    FACEBOOK LIVE PREMIERE: Irish Whiskey: Depth and Diversity

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    John Cashman

    Irish whiskey specialist, Consultant

    With over 20 years’ experience in the Spirits industry, John Cashman brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to Irish whiskey projects and presentations across the world. John has devised, marketed, promoted and sold Irish whiskey brands throughout his career and presented to royalty, presidents, prime ministers and whiskey enthusiasts, as well as extensive TV and media experience. IWSC spirits judge, Icon of whiskey Ambassador of the year, founder member Irish Whiskey Society and former global brand ambassador for all Beam Suntory whiskies.

  • 17:30 – 18:00

    FACEBOOK LIVE PREMIERE: The passion of SENTIR: Relearn everything you know about mescal

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    Mario Navarro

    Brand Ambassador, SENTIR Mezcal

    Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco; state of the mighty tequila. After achieving a marketing degree in Universidad de Guadalajara, Mario decided to take a different path and choose to explore Europe, most precisely London. More than ten years later and living in London had lead him to work in different branches of the hospitality industry (bars, restaurants, night clubs, festivals, VIP events) most of them in the heart of London, West End and Mayfair. The passion and love for Mario’s culture made him try want to share it with all the people who he has crossed paths with and Sentir Mezcal gives him the chance to share a little of the great taste of Oaxaca Mezcal.

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    Nazareth Rodriguez

    Brand Ambassador Europe, SENTIR Mezcal

    Nazareth was born and raised in Mexico. He is an agave and cocktails enthusiast with over 14 years’ experience working in London's best bars and world-wide award winners such Artesian bar (Langham hotel), Callooh Callay and currently Bar manager at the iconic Mahiki club in Mayfair. Certified by the CRT (Camara reguladora del Tequila) and also a heavy weight experience in European agave culture working for mezcal and tequila brands around Europe allowing him to be part of seminars and shows like Imbibe Live (London), Tequila & Mezcal fest (London), BCB (Berlin), Agave experience (Milan) and Venuez (Antwerp).

  • DAY 2

    Tuesday 30 June 2020

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    FACEBOOK LIVE PREMIERE: Craft - An Argument: why “craft beer" is completely undefinable, hopelessly misunderstood, and absolutely essential

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    Pete Brown

    Writer and consultant, Freelance

    Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer, pubs, cider, bacon rolls and fish and chips. Across nine books, his broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history, and his words are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect from a great night down the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, and has been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards. In 2020, he was named an "Industry Legend" in the Imbibe Personality of the Year Awards. Pete is Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Craft: An Argument, is out now.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

    Developing new revenue models for the new normal

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    Iain McPherson

    Bar Owner, Panda & Sons

    Iain has done a lot in a relatively short space of time. In 2013 he opened up Panda & Sons (currently No. 77 in the World\'s 50 Best, 51-100 List). A couple of years later saw him open the playful Hoot The Redeemer to much acclaim. In 2017 he joined forces with Joe Russo, who is one half of the ‘Russo Brothers’ in opening a cocktail bar in the Arts District of Los Angeles. 2018 saw him team up with another Scottish bartending stalwart, Kyle Jamieson, in opening Nauticus which is all about championing Scottish produce and recently won pub of the year in the UK. Staff welfare is at the utmost importance to Iain and he has been proud to be paying his staff the real living wage.

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    Sunny Hodge

    Owner, Diogenes the Dog

    Sunny Hodge is the founder of Diogenes the Dog, a counterculture wine bar in Elephant and Castle, London. He aims to flip wine on its head, make a much loved beverage more accessible and tangible, by nurturing the underdogs and the unknown in wine. Importing from Texas, Poland, and featuring wines from as far a field as China and Japan. Sunnys ethos is all about service, training, and experience, stemming from a lifetime of experience in high end hospitality, in the likes of Gaucho, Margot and The Fordwich Arms.

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    Mark Stretton

    Managing Director, Fleet Street Communications
  • 12:00 12:30

    INSTAGRAM LIVE INTERVIEW: Educating to eradicate racism in the hospitality industry

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    Deano Moncrieffe

    Hacha Bar Owner & Agave Spirits Expert
  • Millie Milliken

    Deputy Editor, Imbibe UK

    Millie Milliken has been writing about food and drink ever since (having graduated with a philosophy degree) her post-uni career hunt thrust her very quickly into working in the hospitality industry. Since then, she’s written for vintage, theatre and events magazines – while eating and drinking her way around the country. When she isn't nursing a Gin Martini, she can usually be found in the nearest taxidermy shop, roaming in the Cotswolds or reading true crime. That or sniffing old books.

  • 12:30 – 13:30

    Supporting staff in the return to work when hospitality re-opens

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    James Dawson

    Founder, Humble Grape

    James Dawson started selling wine from the back of his motorbike while holding a full-time job in the City. Fast forward ten years and he is making a real success of Humble Grape with 5 sites across London until COVID....

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    Lyndsay Jones

    Head of People, The Alchemist

    Head of People for The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant, looking after all things 'people' for 20 venues across the UK. The Alchemist are masters in the dark arts of molecular mixology and demons in the kitchen. Their mixologists create every cocktail with an obsessive eye for detail, presented in vessels orchestrated to add a devilish dash of theatre, they bedazzle, bewitch and set the scene for everything they do. Enjoy a flaming atmosphere, creative cocktails and devilishly delicious all-day dining that’s become the Alchemist trademark – Theatre Served.

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    Kat Hounsell

    Founding Director, Everyday People

    Leadership coach and workplace wellbeing consultant - Kat and her team set out to inspire organisations to thrive. Having previously worked within the drinks industry, Kat has a particular passion for helping the drinks & hospitality industry. Everyday People is a supporter of The Drinks Trust and currently provides mental health & wellbeing guidance to members of the trade through the charity's website.

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    Rishi Malliwal

    Partner, SGM Law

    Rishi was fast tracked to partnership at a City law firm at the age of 28. During the past 11 years he has started his own law firm helped numerous entrepreneurs and businesses solve their most important corporate and commercial problems. Rishi has a long running rapport with several bar and drinks industry businesses serving as their primary legal advisors for over 10 years. He is also involved with and helped to establish the drinks industry charity P(our) Drink.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

    The role of technology in helping venues maintain social distancing and successfully return to trading

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    Siobhan Fagan

    IT Director, Pizza Express

    Siobhan Fagan joined PizzaExpress as IT Director in September 2014. During her time with PizzaExpress the IT team have transformed the way restaurants use and interact with technology with a focus on improving customer experience and making lives easier for restaurant management teams and team members. Some of these initiatives have included the introduction of handheld devices for front of house teams and creating digital platforms to make it easier for customers to book, take advantage of available offers and the ability to pay via a mobile device.

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    Emma Lawrence

    Operations Manager, Backyard Cinema
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    Glenn Murphy

    General Manager, Cask Pub & Kitchen

    Glenn moved from Australia to the UK in 2013, leaving behind his career in primary school teaching and diving straight into the hospitality industry. After working in various pubs, helping to run and organise beer festivals, and collaborating with various breweries on different projects he joined Cask Pub and Kitchen in 2015, later taking the reins as General Manager in 2017. During his time there, Glenn has worked with some of the leading breweries from the UK and around the world, helping to keep Cask a much loved and relevant pillar of the craft beer community. Under Glenn's guidance Cask has received numerous awards and plaudits, most recently being awarded West London CAMRA Pub of The Year for 2019.

  • Stephen Minall

    Founder, Moving Food
  • 15:00 - 15:30

    INSTAGRAM LIVE INTERVIEW: Accessing Help: Work- Life

  • Ross Carter

    CEO, The Drinks Trust
  • Robyn Black

    Editor, Imbibe UK
  • 15:30 – 16:30

    The impacts of lockdown on the wine market and future outlook

    Sponsored by Bibendum

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    Michael Saunders

    CEO, Bibendum

    Michael has spent over 37 years at the helm of Bibendum, building it into one of the UK’s most successful wine and spirits businesses. Having joined the business in 1982, Michael was responsible for founding Bibendum’s on-trade division in 1986, as well as its fine wine broking desk two years later. Under his tenure, Bibendum has grown to supply every channel of the UK trade, from contract catering to multiple grocers, via Michelin-starred restaurants and travel retail. Michael also became chairman of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association in 2019, and chairman of industry charity The Drinks Trust in the same year.

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    Heath Ball

    Owner, The Pickled Pub Company & The Frisco Group

    Hailing from New Zealand, Heath has the hospitality industry in his DNA with both his Grandfather and Father both owning restaurants. In 2007, Heath acquired The Red Lion and Sun in London's Highgate. Under Heath's ownership, the pub was voted No. 10 in the UK's Best Gastro Pubs 2019 and The UK's Best Wine Pub in 2016 & 2018 and voted in The Times Top 25 Food Pubs 2017. However, perhaps Heath’s biggest achievement was in 2018 when The Red Lion and Sun won “Best Pub in the Country” at the Great British Pub Awards. In 2019, Heath was named Pub Personality of the Year by Imbibe...an award to this day he was shocked to receive...but not as shocked as his wife or staff.

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    Chris Losh

    Journalist, Liquid Publications Ltd and Chairman, Sommelier Wine Awards

    Chris has been writing about drinks, particularly wine, for over 20 years. He has edited several publications in that time, including Imbibe, which he edited from its foundation in 2007 until 2019, and is Chairman of the Sommelier Wine Awards.

  • Victoria Sharples

    Head of Wine Operations, St. John Wines

    Victoria has been working in the wine industry for over 20 years; she is an expert in wine blending, cuvée selections, trend analysis and insights as well as being an engaging presenter and educator. Fro the past three years she has been the Head of Wine Operations at St JOHN, she is responsible for blending the St JOHN range as well as sourcing and maintaining an exclusively French portfolio. Prior to this she had established wine importing and distribution businesses in Australia and the UK and has worked closely with many wine producers. During this time she was also accepted into the Masters of Wine programme, consults to wineries and various wine businesses as well as judging for several international and local competitions.

  • 16:30 - 17:00

    INSTAGRAM LIVE INTERVIEW: The trials and tribulations of designing your own gin

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    Alex Claridge

    Head Chef and Owner, The Wilderness
  • Millie Milliken

    Deputy Editor, Imbibe UK
  • 17:30 - 18:00

    FACEBOOK LIVE PREMIERE: Cider: A Journey to the 4 corners of the Mouth

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    Gabe Cook

    The Ciderologist

    Gabe Cook is The Ciderologist - the global cider expert. He is helping the world to change the way it thinks and drinks cider through award-winning training, writing, broadcasting, consultancy and judging. In nearly 15 years he has worked for all sizes and types of cider maker, from traditional farmhouse producers, all the way up to the world\'s largest. He has even presented a bottle of cider to the Queen!

  • 18:30 - 19:00

    INSTAGRAM LIVE INTERVIEW: Enhancing diversity and inclusion behind the bar

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    Hannah Lanfear

    Director, The Mixing Class

    Hannah Lanfear is one of the key Spirits Educators at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London and is also the founder of The Mixing Class, a company dedicated to education within the drinks industry with a focus on fostering diversity and socially responsible hiring practices. Clocking in at 21 years of service to the cocktail & spirits industry, her journey took her from a teenager pulling pints and pouring rum in a harbour-side tavern in Cornwall, to making fancy drinks for the cognoscenti in some of the world’s elite bars. She has managed and trained bar teams (Milk & Honey, Bungalow 8, Boisdale), passing down her skills from her mentors to her mentees; consulted on bar openings (Nimb Copenhagen, GloGlo’s); travelled the world as a global brand ambassador experiencing bar culture the globe over; as well as working for a distillery managing the sales, marketing and exports of a brand (Jensen’s Gin).

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    Lo Marshall

    Research fellow, UCL Urban Laboratory

    Lo Marshall (she/her, they/them) researches gender diversity, sexuality and LGBTQ+ nightlife as a research fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture and UCL Urban Laboratory, and as a doctoral researcher at the department of geography at University College London (UCL).

  • Millie Milliken

    Deputy Editor, Imbibe UK