The Team

here to help you!

It might seem like an obvious thing to say but the people who work at The Vintner are absolutely at the heart and soul of everything we do. Every single one of us (including our drivers) is WSET accredited and we all a share huge passion for our wines and the people we work with every day. We hope this shines through in everything that we do. Meet the team that make The Vintner wheels go round.

The Management ... running the show

Father of four and the daddy of The Vintner team, Tom founded the company in 2010 and followed a long and illustrious line of Gilbeys into the wine industry. Currently studying to become an MW, he heads up the sales team.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5494

Tom Gilbey

Founder & Sales Director

Julia is the glue that holds us all together. She is the proverbial duck paddling furiously under the water to keep everything running smoothly whilst outwardly exhibiting a really quite remarkable zen-like calm.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5494

Julia Beran

Managing Director

The Sales Team ... selling our wines

Claire is the newest addition to the Sales team, previously working in the financial sector. She brings on a wealth of sales and client relationship experience and of course a passion for food and wine. Be sure to bump into her at that new restaurant opening in town!


Contact tel: 07732 445087

Claire Lincoln

Sales Manager

It’s been over a decade since Nick joined the wine trade and his passion and wealth of experience makes him a great go-to for our private clients and Vault Club members. His other passion is Monty, his beloved Basset hound who has won the hearts of us all since visiting Vintner HQ.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5514

Nick Daniell

Private Clients Sales

Client Services ... keeping our customers smiling

With one of the most impressive earring collections we’ve ever come across, straight-talking Celine keeps us all in check. She makes sure that Vintner HQ is a lovely environment to work in, and that our clients receive the best service they possibly can.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5449

Celine Sabatie

Head of Operations

Unflappable, laid back and always smiling. She cut her teeth in the world of wine at an early age pilfering from her father's cellar, making sure she could identify the good stuff from the every day drinkers.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5517

Rosie James

Client Services Manager (on maternity leave)

Originally from Hull, Anna impresses us all by seemingly never getting cold, making us Southerners look like real softies. Ever calm and practical, Anna’s northern nouse makes her an absolute anchor here at Vintner HQ where she adeptly juggles all our clients’ various needs.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5445

Anna Blakeston

Client Services Support

Purchasing ... unearthing hidden gems

Known to break out into 'the robot' à la Peter Crouch on the back of tasting an outstanding wine, nothing gets Gav going more than discovering a hidden gem. An official Jurade de St Émilion, he is responsible for the many beauties you'll find on our wine list.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5469

Gavin Smith

Wine buyer

Charlie, our resident food and wine expert, has his finger firmly on the pulse of London's restaurant scene. There's not much he doesn't know about food and wine pairing and if you have a restaurant or pub in need of wine, Charlie's your man.

Contact tel.:  020 7352 4083

Charlie Stein

Wine buyer

Marketing & Events ... showing off our wonderful wines

It’s impossible to make softly spoken James break into a sweat – no matter what project gets thrown at him (and there have been a fair few!) he always takes it in his stride, provided that he's armed with coffee that meets his scrupulous quality control standards.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5531


James Bidgood

Head of Marketing & Events

Clare is responsible for producing our fabulous wine lists and website and generally making things look slick and professional. Clare's spaniel, Wilbur, is the friendliest office dog in town - although some delivery drivers might just disagree with that.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5531

Clare Gradidge

Brand Manager (on Maternity leave)

Accounts ...making it all add up

Firm but fair (don't mess with her!), Marlena has the often thankless task of chasing us lot for things we should have already done and has the patience of a saint. She does a great job of balancing the books and is a big fan of our Choix de Voltaire Viognier.

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5509

Marlena Koczulap

Financial Controller

When she’s not assisting Marlena with keeping The Vintner afloat, Sita is usually rehearsing… as a semi-professional South Indian classical dancer. Bring on the Vintner Christmas party so we can see those skills in action!

Contact tel.:  020 3757 5509

Sita Patel

Accounts Assistant

Logistics ... keeping the wheels turning

Champion power-lifter, our resident City-Shark, and Celine's right-hand-man. There isn't a road in London Kamil doesn't know and the number of deliveries he can manage in a day defies all mathematics. He's a serious white Burgundy fan, especially those of David Moret.


Kamil Pawelec

Transport Manager

Baby-faced Peter is a daily injection of smiles in the office at the end of his wine run. His favourite thing is being told he's looking strong and his second favourite thing is wine from Volnay. When he's not lifting boxes of wine, he can be found lifting weights in the gym.


Peter Komuda

Vintner Vin Man

Affectionately known as ‘mini-Greg’ (despite being well over 6 foot) Mat is similarly strong, handy, obsessed with cars, and faultlessly reliable. He’s also got a softer side and can sometimes be spotted buying pink fizz for the missus. (And no, we can't pronounce his surname either!)


Mat Zaczkiewicz

Vintner Vin Man

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