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.
Chloe Ashton, COO
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.
Oleksandr Semenov, Lead Developer
Oleksandr studied information security in computer systems at the National Technical University of Ukraine (KPI). He began his software engineering career in the finance industry, and after six years decided he wanted to experience life in a start-up.
Oleksandr was 13 when he first tasted the family wine, made by his father in vineyards next to their house in Ukraine. He acquired a taste for wine, and his favourite grape variety now is Pinot Noir.
Aly Sullivan, Head of Research
After a lifetime growing up in the American midwest, Aly’s interest in wine sparked when she took a professional opportunity in Oregon wine country. After a year exploring local wineries and becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine, she began her studies in Vineyard & Winery Management at Bordeaux Sciences Agro. During this two-year program, she also worked a harvest internship in Sonoma, California to apply her lessons in viticulture and enology. Before her transition to the wine industry, Aly worked as a management consultant, specifically working in data analytics and technology. Her role at Wine Lister is the perfect marriage of these two disciplines.
Aly has a love for all Pinot Noir wines, particularly those originating from the Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley, and also has a soft spot for Spanish wines after a summer spent living in Spain.
Tara Albini, Marketing & PR Manager
Tara’s ardent interest in wine was prompted by her employment at a London wine bar; a position that she started while studying for a BA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. It was during this period that she assisted in the organisation of several events and tastings, and helped manage the company’s various social media platforms. Alongside more formal training, she was quick to immerse herself in the practical side of the industry, helping with the harvest of two British winemakers. Tara is keen to apply her knowledge of the viticulture and vinification processes to her inveterate enthusiasm for research and writing.
Tara loves drinking Burgundian whites, and particularly enjoys discovering the distinct variations within the region.
Maïlys Baris, Junior Strategist
Originally from the Bordeaux region, close to the Médoc vineyards and their Grands Crus, Maïlys has loved wine from a very early age, but only considered it a professional career after gaining experience in marketing and wine tourism in Saint-Emilion. Immersing herself in the daily life of the château and having regular contact with wine enthusiasts turned her interest into a genuine passion. To deepen her wine knowledge, Maïlys studied Wine Marketing & Management at INSEEC in Bordeaux, and completed her end of study internship as a marketing and sales development manager.
Maïlys is particularly fond of Rhône wines, but she is increasingly enjoying the Gamay grape variety and discovering all that Beaujolais has to offer.
Jessica Birch, Junior Strategist
Jessica’s love for all things Chardonnay started in the Napa Valley, where she has fond memories of stealing sips from her parents’ glasses while visiting the region’s breath-taking estates. With an academic background centred largely around political science, she recently completed a Masters in Global Governance and Ethics at UCL, where she also played an active role in the university’s Wine Society. Marrying her love for writing with quantitative analytical training, Jessica looks forward to quenching her thirst for a deepened understanding of fine wine.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Jessica will not be seen without a glass of Puligny-Montrachet on a sunny weekend, but is always looking to broaden her horizons with the less familiar regions of the Amalfi Coast and Franschhoek.
Henry Lord, PR & Communications Consultant
Henry had his first taste of the Cote d’Or in the cellars of Château de Meursault as a child and has never really looked back. Following a degree from Edinburgh University, he began a career in publishing, working in the Communications departments at Bloomsbury and Pan Macmillan. Whilst managing PR campaigns for some of the UK’s most renowned Food & Drink authors, the call to work on bottles rather than books became too strong to ignore. After intensive WSET courses, vineyard visits to South Africa and California, and time with the merchant FINE + RARE, Henry brings a wealth of experience to Wine Lister’s burgeoning PR division: WL PR.
With a wine list in hand, Henry often finds himself turning to Spain (Rioja Alta or Valdeorras will do nicely), or Germany for a Riesling. If in doubt, he returns to Burgundy, where it all began.
Luis Correa, Strategy Consultant
Luis is an experienced strategy and management consultant that spent the last 12 years building sales and marketing solutions for some of the worlds largest FMCG companies across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. After working with companies like Red Bull and Diageo, he decided to use his skills to help the people behind the beverage he enjoys the most - wine. Luis has also has valuable experience scaling up businesses, having led the new UK operation of a boutique management consulting firm for the last 5 years. He currently helps Wine Lister with sales strategy and project delivery advice.
Coming from an Italian family, Luis feels the moral obligation of manifesting his love of Lagrein (but his WSET education keeps pushing him beyond the borders of Italy).
Tom Burchfield, Research Consultant
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.
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.