A degree in microbiology and 2 years of boring lab work ended when I retrained and qualified as a chartered accountant, joining a multinational which took me all over the world. Love wine but as I'm from the West Country cider will always have a place ...

After the Army I worked for wine companies in Fulham and Bermondsey. Apart from formal wine trade qualifications, formative experiences include fine wine investment, mail order wines and gifts, the on-trade and corporate wine promotions – memories of organising a ‘Sparkling Wine Cruise’ with Express Newspapers and The Black Sea Shipping Company, accompanied by the distinguished wine writer Tom Stevenson MW, still haunt me! I returned to Kent, joining a wine wholesaler in Folkestone, before setting up Manor Wines.

Having worked as a graphic designer for far too long before escaping London, I had always had an enthusiasm for wine, and with a working knowledge of book keeping and IT I became involved in Manor Wines.

I've always lived round here so if I get lost delivering the wine there's no excuse, really, especially as I've been a milkman too, though these bottles get delivered at a much more reasonable time of day. And having run a warehouse with 1000's of of computer network parts, a few hundred different wines is no problem – and a lot more interesting, too! So it's a calm life, and if I do want a bit of drama I find it at the Tenterden Operatic and Dramatic Society, or in front of the football, cricket and Formula 1 – glass in hand, of course.