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.
Henry Woodsend, Director of Technology
After graduating in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bristol University, Henry went on to gain extensive experience in IT and website development, including as Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank. Previously the Chief Technology Officer for a social gaming platform, he delivered a website and iOS mobile app to the market. Henry is rare in combining logical and creative skills. An experienced web programmer, he is also particularly passionate about user experience design.
Having holidayed for half his life in the Jura, he has yet to develop an appreciation for the region’s wines, preferring an “easy red”.
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.
Miranda Cichy, Marketing Manager
After graduating with a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, Miranda worked first in publishing and then for a social media agency before moving to the wine trade in 2012. She has experience across various areas of marketing, from copywriting to strategy, and enjoys working with data as much as words - which is why Wine Lister is the perfect fit.
Having been a fan of supermarket own-brand Spanish red wine while at university, Miranda is now discovering a taste for Rioja.
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.
Bernardo Conticelli, Tuscany Business Development
Born and raised in Florence, Bernardo currently splits his time between the Tuscan capital and Paris. After graduating in Political Science with a focus on European wine law, he moved to Paris to attend the OIV Master of Science in Wine Marketing and Wine Management, through which he studied and visited 26 different wine producing and consuming countries. With broad experience of wine industry consulting on marketing and business development, Bernardo also writes for La Repubblica on Tuscan wines, and received the 2010 Grant Award from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network for his research on Wine marketing strategies in Tuscany. In 2016 he was nominated the official Ambassadeur du Champagne in Italy by the CIVC, receiving the "Prix Spécial du Jury" at the Concours Européen des Ambassadeurs du Champagne.
Bernardo has a particular love for Burgundy Pinot Noirs and Loire Chenin Blancs in France, and Tuscan Sangiovese and Piedmont Nebbiolo in Italy.
Marie Voirin, Research Assistant
Having grown up in the United Kingdom but from a French background, Marie has always wanted to go back to her roots and learn more about fine wine. Currently completing a degree in Business & Management, she found a way to combine her passion with her analytical business skills at Wine Lister. Her mastery of several languages is also of great use when dealing with fine wines from around the world.
As a true Frenchwoman, she particularly loves Champagne, and enjoys a good Malbec with a meal.
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, but he has yet to convince Henry.
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.