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Beyond Covid-19 and Brexit – where to next in the UK and EU Markets?

Wednesday 11 November 8 pm ACDT (9.30 am UK GMT)
11 Nov 2020 Webinar Watch replay
11 Nov 2020
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Hosted by Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia’s Regional General Manager EMEA, this webinar will focus on the current market situation in the UK and across the key European markets for Australian wine. This review of the restrictions, opportunities and issues that the trade is facing due to both Covid-19 and the imminent end to the Brexit transition period will enable wineries and exporters to understand the challenges involved and position their businesses for success. Laura will be joined by David Gleave MW, who will discuss concerns from the trade across the various sectors in the UK, and Simon Stannard who will update on the latest negotiations and implications for the wine trade in 2021. 

A recording of this webinar will be available on this page from 13 November. 


David Gleave MW

Managing Director of Liberty Wines

David Gleave is the founder and managing director of Liberty Wines. He set up the leading wine company in 1997, which now imports and distributes premium wines from 23 countries and works with over 350 producers, including over 30 of Australia’s foremost winemakers. David has worked in the UK wine trade since 1983. Born and educated in Canada, he has lived in the UK since 1978, and in 1986 he passed his Master of Wine examination. Throughout his career, he has spent at least 5-6 months of every year travelling the world, including at least one trip to Australia, giving him an unrivalled knowledge of the country’s wines. David is also a shareholder in Willunga 100, a Grenache specialist from McLaren Vale founded in 2005. 

Laura Jewell MW

Wine Australia's Regional General Manager EMEA

Regional General Manager at Wine Australia for the UK and Europe since 2015, Laura previously spent 5 years heading up the wine development team at Tesco. She has also held significant roles at SPAR, HWCG and Sainsburys. Laura's specialities include UK bottling, all aspects of supermarket retailing and marketing.

Simon Stannard

Director of Policy at the WSTA

Simon Stannard is the Director of Policy at the UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). He joined the WSTA in September 2013, having previously worked for the UK Government for over 20 years, including ten years at the UK’s Representation to the EU in Brussels, where he was responsible for negotiating, amongst others, EU food safety laws. Simon leads WSTA’s work on Brexit, represents the WSTA at meetings of the industry in Europe and internationally, and chairs the FIVS’s Working Group on Social Sustainability and also the European Federation of Wine and Spirit Importers and Distributors.


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