Chris Hancock joins Wine Intelligence

01 February, 2018

Wine Intelligence has announced the appointment of Chris Hancock as its chairman, following David Scotland’s retirement.

Hancock (pictured) is a qualified chartered accountant with 25 years of experience in corporate finance. He is currently partner and CFO of Farm Street LLP, non-executive director at Inspecs Holdings and non-executive director of Icelandic Water Holdings. Previously Hancock spent many years in senior corporate finance roles in the City, most recently with JPMorgan Cazenove.

CEO Lulie Halstead said: “Chris has worked with us on and off for a number of years, chiefly on the corporate finance side, and brings a deep knowledge of business growth in an international context.”

David Scotland has had a long career in the global alcoholic beverages industry, including roles at John Harvey & Sons, five years at IDV heading up Cinzano’s international business and Allied-Domecq as president of Europe.

Since leaving Allied-Domecq, he has been a non-executive director of several FTSE-100 companies, and remains Chairman of Thomas Preston & Associates, one of the UK’s leading business coaching firms.

Lulie Halstead added: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to David for his decade of service to Wine Intelligence. His thoughtful and timely advice has allowed us to grow the business into a global leader in market research for our category, and his expertise in people development has positively influenced a whole generation of Wine Intelligence staff. We will miss him greatly and of course wish him well.”


Philip Duff

Make safety sexy

It was the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ annual dinner at the Lord Mayor of London’s residence Mansion House a few weeks ago, and as a junior member of the Gin Guild I was permitted to attend, provided I promised not to pinch any silverware and did a little light sweeping afterwards.

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