Director of partnerships
YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 23 glorious years.
PREVIOUS SIGNIFICANT ROLES: Illustrious career at ED&F Man and Volcafe, including several years in Africa (Tanzania and Cameroon), trading desk responsibilities in Singapore and Switzerland, and finally 5 years as Director Asia Pacific. Vice -president Swiss Coffee Trade Association. Board of Governance 4C. Advisor to the UN Forum on Sustainable Standards.
MOTIVATION or INTEREST THAT GOT YOU INTO COFFEE: A very strong and abiding urge not to be a farmer in Shropshire.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER SO FAR: 8 years living in Africa gave me an invaluable perspective on how tough life is for most coffee producers, but it’s people who really influence a career, both positively (Jeremy Block from Dorman springs to mind) and negatively (they shall remain nameless).
FAVOURITE CUP: Anything well-prepared, freshly roasted, aero-pressed and preferably East African.