Ella Lister, Founder & CEO

Ella, the driving force behind Wine Lister, is well respected in the industry for her accomplishments as a wine writer, fine wine market analyst and consultant. After a degree from Oxford University in French and Italian, Ella started her career as an investment banker at Lazard in London. As her passion for wine intensified, she started writing about wine in 2009, first for The World of Fine Wine, and subsequently for the Financial Times and Decanter. Until last year she also consulted to private clients on their wine collections, and was Fine Wine Strategy Consultant to Octavian for four years. Wine Lister was born from Ella’s desire to see a more comprehensive, logical and progressive wine rating system; combining her passion for wine with her analytical spirit.

Ella most loves French and Italian wine, with a current crush on Nebbiolo, but balanced offerings from California are seriously challenging her old world predilection.

Tom Burchfield, Research Analyst

After graduating in Italian from Bristol University, Tom went on to study for an MA at University College London. During this time, he started managing a local restaurant, of which he soon became partner. In his five years at May the Fifteenth restaurant, Tom learned invaluable skills, displaying a passion for business and the food and drinks trade.

Having lived in Piedmont for a year, Tom has a love of the region’s great wines (when funds allow), although his current passion is for Loire whites.

Chloe Ashton, Marketing Manager

Growing up between England and France, Chloe’s love of wine started early. It became a professional interest through working in a wine shop during her BA in Classics at Kings College London, and then studying Wine Marketing & Management at INSEEC Business School in Bordeaux. Since then Chloe has gained valuable experience in all aspects of digital marketing at FINE+RARE Wines. Her wine market knowledge combined with a growing curiosity for data analysis makes Wine Lister the perfect fit.

As a self-proclaimed Francophile, Chloe is happiest when enjoying the familiar taste of a good Pomerol or a glass of Blanc de Blancs.

Armelle Jeannel, Bordeaux Business Development

Of Franco-American origin, Armelle grew up in California and earned her BA at UC Davis, where her passion for wine began after taking introductory winemaking courses. Hooked ever since, Armelle moved to Bordeaux in 2007 where she has spent the last 10 years heading sales, business development and client services for innovative wine start-ups, most recently with VINIV of the Lynch-Bages and Cie group, a firm specialised in luxury bespoke winemaking for individuals and corporations. In 2010 Armelle received the DUAD diploma from the ISVV, Bordeaux's institute for wine and vine sciences. Her extensive network in the Bordeaux wine trade and her bi-culturalism make her a valuable asset to the Wine Lister team.

Should you ever need to get Armelle on side, a glass of gold wine from Sauternes or Barsac with some foie gras should do the trick.

Pavlo Bykov, Lead Developer

After studying for a PhD degree in Applied Physics at Czech Technical University in Prague, Pavlo started to work full-time in IT and the software development industry. During his career he has participated in several start-ups and ventures, but in recent years has engaged in digital transformation projects within larger corporations.

He likes coding and prefers Italian wines. Among his favourites are Nebbiolos from the Valtellina and Aglianicos from Molise and Campania.

Ivan Koomson, Database Manager

Ivan is a data science professional with over five years’ experience in manufacturing and Fintech companies. After graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Ivan began working as a data and reporting manager at Diageo and later led a team of data analysts at PEG Africa. Currently completing his Masters degree in Data Science and Analytics at Brunel University London, Ivan has been involved in the founding of a few start-ups.

He is passionate about anything data, machine learning, and technology-driven change. Ivan is excited to taste his way through the world’s fine wines with Wine Lister.

Charlotte Bottge, Intern

Fresh out of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Charlotte’s internship with Wine Lister is her first experience within the wine industry. Her interest for the wine market grew during her hospitality studies and through various internships, first in a luxury hotel in Rome, then in the corporate offices of an international food and beverage group in London. Combining a great interest in wine and data analysis, Charlotte believes that this internship is the perfect opportunity for her to get acquainted with the wine market.

Charlotte discovered white wines from the Côte de Beaune (along with gougères) during a family road trip and a love story began.


Simon Woolf, Data Architect Consultant

Simon is at once an experienced IT professional and a wine expert. Having completed a degree in Music from the University of York, Simon began working in the realm of IT, eventually building up and then selling his own IT consultancy. Now Chief Technology Officer for Qoin, an alternative currency provider, Simon also writes about wine, both for his blog, www.themorningclaret.com, and as a freelance journalist for publications such as Decanter. Drawing on this unique skillset, Simon has played an instrumental role in the set-up of Wine Lister, from designing a flexible database, to overseeing the agile development process

Simon is possibly the world’s most vocal advocate for orange wine.

Rishi Nalin Kumar, Chief Data Science Consultant

Rishi combines an impressive list of academic achievements with a pleasing ability to apply the science to real life. He holds a double BA in Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from the LSE, and a PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London. He has put these skills to practice in various roles, including leading data science and analytics at Unilever for the best part of a decade. Currently, Rishi is the chief data scientist at eBench.

Rishi has relished the opportunity to drink more wine with the Wine Lister team, and is currently loving Penfolds Grange.

Will Hardman, Data Science Consultant

Will is an experienced data scientist, with a creative and practical approach, and a deep knowledge of machine learning. After a BSc from the University of Warwick in Computer Science, Will completed an MSc at the University of Sussex in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. He is passionate about problem solving, applying his analytical skills to his subsequent roles as a consultant at PA Consulting Group and KPMG. Will is currently Director of Data Science at Elucidata.