Our Team


Introduction

Consistency and experience are two key features of the Fells management team that have been instrumental in making it one of the UK’s leading Fine Wine Distributors. The board has many years of experience in the Wines and Spirits industry and most members of the board have long service records with the company. They are (Centre) Steve Moody – Managing Director, (Centre left) Alan Campbell – Sales Director, (Centre right) Simon Thorpe – Commercial Director, (Back right) Edward Thornton – Development Director, (Back left) Nick Gurney – Finance Director, (Front left) Mark Symonds – Marketing Director and (Front right) Louise Rimes – Finance Controller.


Management Team


Steve Moody

Managing Director

Joined Fells in 1992 as General Sales Manager and was appointed to the Board in 1998. Previously held senior sales positions with Seagram. His earlier career was with the 3M company.

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Simon Thorpe MW

Commercial Director

Simon joined Fells with the other members of the Negociants UK team of which he had been Managing Director for 9 years. Prior to that, he occupied various senior roles in Constellation, Western Wines and Waitrose during a 30-year career in the wine industry. As Commercial Director he is fortunate to oversee the distribution of some of the world’s finest wineries and is greatly looking forward to the challenges and joys which this entails. Simon passed his MW in 1997 and is a Trustee of the WSET in which he takes great pride.


Ed Thornton

Development Director

Joined Fells in 1989 and was appointed to the Board in 1998. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Responsible for Fells Gift Pack operation.


Alan Campbell

Sales Director

Joined Fells in March 2007, having previously held senior sales positions in Moet-Hennessey, Pernod Ricard, Allied Domecq and Seagram UK.


Nick Gurney

Finance and Administration Director

Nick is a qualified accountant who worked in the profession for nine years before moving into commerce, gaining experience in manufacturing and retail. He joined Fells in 2007 from an import and distribution company where he had held the post of Financial Director.


Mark Symonds

Associate Director – Marketing

BA Hons Economics – joined Fells in 1998 – previously held Marketing roles with Pernod Ricard, Allied Breweries and Kimberley Clark.


Louise Rimes

Finance Manager

BSc Hons Maths and Accounting & Finance, Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Joined Fells in 1998 – previously held senior finance roles in retail.


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    Alastair Bennett

    National Account Manager

    Alastair’s interest in wine started with a summer job in a wine shop after finishing his ‘A’ Levels. He continued his introduction to wine throughout University with part-time work in Victoria Wine and Thresher.  After completing his Economics degree he went traveling and while in New Zealand secured employment with Montana Wines for that year’s harvest in their Gisborne winery. When back in the UK Alastair started his career proper with Corney & Barrow before moving to Allied Domecq Wines to take on a regional sales role.  With the takeover of Allied by Pernod an opportunity at Moet Hennessy presented itself where he worked in the National Accounts Team.  From here he moved to Fells and has been with the company since 2008 working with all the major national retailers in the off-trade team. Alastair holds the WSET Diploma Level 4.


    Trish Lorimer

    National Account Manager

    Trish started her career with Hotel du Vin whilst studying in York. After graduating, she spent a year working for PLB as a Supplier Implant in Morrison’s where she later accepted a role as Buyer and was recognised by The Groceras one of their Top New Talents in 2013. In 2014 she moved to Australia with Coles Liquor as Wine Sourcing Manager. On returning home, she joined Negociants UK as National Accounts Manager and is now pleased to be pursuing her passions for wine and multiple retail with Fells. Trish holds the WSET Diploma and is a WSET Nominated Educator. She is also a Judge at the International Wine Challenge.


    Richard Brockett

    National Account Manager

    Richard has over 12 years of commercial experience within UK FMGC sector, having previously held senior positions at Noble Foods and Dorset Cereals before moving into the wine industry with Freixenet. Much of Richard’s focus whilst working for these companies have been with the Multiple Grocers and Discounters, where he has developed an in-depth knowledge of both sectors. Richard, who has WSET Level 2 and Level 3, and an ambition to sit Level 4 Diploma, has a love of travel which has taken him to wineries & vineyards all over the world.


    Ed Hobbs

    National Sales Manager

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    Andrew Forbes

    National Field Sales Manager

    Andrew Forbes is the National Sales Manager for John E Fells. Andrew caught the wine bug while working in a wine store during university. He joined Southcorp Wines in 1999 as a Regional Sales Representative based in Queensland. Over the next 9 years, he occupied various roles including Key Account, National Account Management & Sales Management until joining Robert Oatley Vineyards in 2008 as Queensland Sales Manager. In 2011 Andrew followed his future wife to the United Kingdom, where he spent time with Wine Australia and a year with Matthew Clark prior to joining Negociants UK. Andrew leads both the London and Regional sales teams across the UK for Fells.


    Diarmid O’Hara

    London On Trade Executive


    Yvonne Maberley

    London On Trade Executive


    Christophe Papis

    London On Trade Executive

    Christophe joined Fells on Tuesday 3rd January.  He has a strong empathy with the prestige On Trade in London having held various management positions for The Conran Group, and the position of Head Sommelier for The Bleeding Heart and The Don Restaurants. Since then he has worked for Bibendum wines, and more recently for Mentzendorff before joining Fells.   He brings with him a wealth of experience which will undoubtedly help in the development of our London Business.


    Kevin Barbagallo

    London On Trade Executive

    Kevin is a young Italian national that took up residence in London in 2013. He was initially the sommelier, and latterly the manager of Dalla Terrawine bar in Covent Garden, who is a Fells customer. Prior to moving to London, Kevin held down a number of sommelier and restaurant management roles including running his own family’s restaurant.  Kevin takes over from Charlotte Hugel who has returned to France to take an active role in the management of her family’s wine business.


    Jonathan Hoad

    Regional Sales Manager – East England


    Nick Sarsfield

    Regional Sales Manager – South West England


    Matthew Nutt

    Regional Sales Manager – South East England


    Scott Edge

    Regional Sales Manager – North East England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

    Born and bred in Queensland, Scott joined the wine industry at the tender age of 19. Over the next ten years, he worked across retail sales, purchasing and hotel management, before establishing a distribution business in North Queensland for a collection of Australian and New Zealand wineries. An ambition to work in the UK presented itself in 2007 when Negociants UK appointed Scott as Sales Manager for the North of England. After three years, Scott moved to a Spanish winery, before returning to Negociants UK in 2014 to manage sales in the North of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire. Scott is our Regional Sales Manager for the North East England, Scotland & Northern Ireland.


    Leila Killoran

    Regional Sales Manager – North West England

    Leila joined Fells in October 2017 as Sales Manager for the North West. She had previously worked for Tanners and has over 8 years’ experience in the wine industry. Following her graduation, she moved to Southern Italy, where she spends her time working in numerous high-end restaurants learning the trade of a Sommelier. As a result, she has an in-depth knowledge of creating wine lists combined with a commercial awareness developed through working in field sales at Tanners. Having completed WSET Levels, 2 and 3, Leila will complete her Level 4 this year and is aiming to commence the prestigious Master of Wine in the summer of 2019. She is also a Full Judge at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Away from wine, Killoran is a very competitive equestrienne and has won or been highly placed at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the country, including Horse of the Year, Olympia International and the Royal International Horse Show.


    Richard Girling

    Fine Wine Director

    Richard’s passion for wine started in 1990 when he was running a Spanish tapas restaurant in Canterbury, where he grew up. He then spent 6 years in pub/ hotel management and sales with Shepherd Neame Brewery. Richard joined Fells in July 1998 and passed the WSET Diploma in 1999.  He started by developing the on-trade sales and then managing Fells’ On Trade team in London and Home Counties. Since 2007 he has been running Fells’ Fine Wine division, creating offers and maintaining allocations for all the Fine Wine campaigns whilst working closely with our producers in securing parcels of their rare and eclectic wines for our portfolio. Richard lives in Hampshire with his wife and two young sons. His hobbies include traveling with family, golf, rugby (albeit now the boots are hung up), cooking and enjoying great wines with friends.


    Ryan Hancock

    Fine Wine Sales Manager

    Ryan, who grew up in the Barossa Valley and Melbourne, holds a Science degree and an advanced wine and wine appreciation post graduate diploma. During the 18 years that he has been in the Wine Trade, he has worked in a number of different sectors including Retail, Customer services, and Account Management. Ryan lives in South West London and enjoys its exciting, dynamic, multi-cultural food and wine scene.


     

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    Paul Burden

    Category Development Manager

    Paul is responsible for managing the data and insight within Fells, and using this information to help our producers and our customers grow their businesses.


    Manuela Falcione

    Senior Brand Manager – Familia Torres

    Manuela landed in London back in 2001, reassuring her parents it would only be a post-graduation sabbatical. Instead, she never looked back and, with the exception of a few years spent in South America between Arts and NGO projects, she stayed put since. Because of her marketing background and language skills, since 2006, she has had the fortune to manage the world’s finest wine producers, from Marchesi Antinori to Bodegas Norton and deepened her commercial expertise at Gruppo La-Vis. In 2015 she joined Fells becoming the face and voice of Familia Torres in the UK.


    Anthony Symington

    Brand Manager – Symington Family Estates 

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    Michael Oppenheim

    Brand Manager 

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    Isabelle Partridge Keane

    Assistant Brand Manager – France

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    Ella Freeman

    Assistant Brand Manager 

    Ella fell in love with wine working amongst the vineyards in the South of France with secateurs in one hand and a glass of Fitou in the other and has pursued this love ever since. After completing a vintage in both the South of France and the Yarra Valley, Australia, Ella spent time as a Wine Sales advisor in Sydney, before returning to London and moving into PR, Marketing and Events. Ella joined Fells with the Negociants portfolio and is looking forward to working with a wider portfolio, which includes the company’s USA, South African and Italian portfolio.


    Melanie Gregory

    Website and Technical Information Manager

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    Rachel Gower

    Marketing Assistant

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    Alice Armstrong

    PA to Steve Moody

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  • Finance Team

     

    Charlotte Fletcher

    Credit Controller

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    Pippa Quested

    Credit Controller

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    Sharon Letherman

    Accounts Administrator

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    Tina Barnes

    Accounts Payable

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  • Customer Services and Logistics Team

     

    James Montague

    Customer Service Manager

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    Liz Storey

    Customer Service Administrator

    Liz started with Fells in March 2004, firstly on the Ex Cellar/ shipping side and for the past 12 years alongside James Montague in ex UK / Customer Services.  Outside of the office, she has owned Rhodesian Ridgebacks for 30 years and exhibits them at dog shows all over the country, including Crufts every year.   She is a qualified Championship show judge for Ridgebacks in the UK and has also judged them in Sweden, Holland, Czech Republic, California, and Italy.  She occasionally breeds a litter of puppies and normally ends up keeping one!  When she’s not ordering wine, she spends her time walking, feeding or showing the dogs!


     

    Mandy Thomas

    Customer Service Administrator

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    Caroline Simmons

    Operations Co-ordinator

    Joined Fells in May 2011 as Operations Co-ordinator, looking after stock control, forecasting, and the shipments of port and wine, destined for London City Bond.


     

    Lorraine Murgatroyd

    Shipping & Logistics Co-ordinator

    Prior to joining Fells, Lorraine worked for Negociants UK for 17 years, beginning her career as a UK orders administrator and then managing the UK and European orders and shipments from Australia and New Zealand. She latterly took on additional responsibilities including the management of customer services, stock control, and forecasting. During that time Lorraine has won two awards for outstanding support & service.


     

    Sally Gibbs

    Shipping & Logistics Co-ordinator

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    Claire Medlycott

    Product Development Manager

    Claire’s career has been in Product Design and Development since graduating from University with a BSc Hons in Behavioural Science.  Her product development experience spans diverse areas such as Cosmetics, Costume Jewellery, Toiletries, and Food & Confectionery Gift. She originally joined Fells in 2010 as a Consultant, having worked more recently as a Freelance Product Designer. She has held the position of Product Development Manager at Fells since 2011, sourcing hardware and developing both Seasonal and Year Round Gift. She confesses to being completely obsessed with colour, aesthetics, and the buzz of new product launches!


     

    David Mills

    Development Controller

    David joined Fells’ Giftpack team in September 2017. With over a decade of expertise in luxury gifting, homeware and omnichannel, David holds an Honours Degree in Business Studies. He has previously held various management positions at Harrods and most recently the position of General Manager of Europe at Royal Selangor. He has overseen numerous international product launches and collaborated with global award-winning designers and licenced brands such as Disney and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Demonstrating both his commercial and creative forte led to his appointment as a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in 2017. With this newly appointed role, he now turns his attention to furthering product development and innovation at Fells, for both own-brand and bespoke client gifts.


     

    Emma Burton

    Account Development Manager

    Emma joined the Giftpack team at Fells in 2018. She has previously held sales and product development positions for a variety of companies in FMCG, giftware, and travel.  Emma is enjoying the challenge of her new position and learning about the wines in the Fells portfolio. Away from work she helps to organise events in her local area and loves to discover interesting food and drinks in whilst traveling.


     

    Rob Harris

    Gift Pack Operations Manager

    Rob joined Fells in 2004 having previously worked predominately in finance.  He has now held three different roles at Fells gaining an in-depth overall understanding of the operational side of the business. Rob’s team is responsible for Gifting’s worldwide logistics processes, production at 8 locations across Asia and the UK, and the distribution of premium gifts to retailers.


     

    Anamaria Vaduva

    Gift Pack Logistics

    Joined Fells in 2016. Originally from Romania, took up residence in the UK in 2014. Anamaria holds a Business and Economics degree and a Financial Management master degree. Back in Romania she occupied senior positions in the corporate gifts industry and has previously held several roles in finance and HR here in the UK.