With a background in publishing and 15 years behind her in PR, Nicky has tried to keep her youthful looks and sense of humour intact. A thoughtful strategist at heart, Nicky turned to PR and has never looked back. She sees it as the marketing discipline for thinking people and is known in the industry for her perceptive and intuitive approach. A regular on the speaker circuit, a judge at the PRCA awards and Chair of the ISC Marketing Awards Nicky is known for her strong counsel and leadership.
key factsCharm offensive Riesling lover Well connected Calm in a crisis
Having lived on both sides of the globe, Johara’s taste buds developed from the shores of Vancouver to the vineyards of Alsace before taking on the food and drink scene in the UK. A consumer heavyweight, her last decade of campaigns include creating edible gardens with Raymond Blanc OBE, highlighting the 17 cuisines of London’s Chinatown, creating the first ever Jersey Royal potato pop up, and a Krug Creperie in Covent Garden.
key factsSun chaser Restaurant frequenter Boot sale expert Quaffer of margaritas and bubbles
With a proven track record of developing and running highly-successful marketing and communication strategies across leading global brands, retail and generic campaigns, wine specialist Alex has worked at a senior level both in-agency and in-house. He combines an excellent knowledge of the industry with consumer insight and extensive press contacts. An accredited direct and digital marketing specialist, Alex has previously lived and worked in Japan where he well and truly caught the travelling bug. His other interests include following his beloved Arsenal FC and all things food and drink – he is a judge at the Guild of Fine Food as well as at the International Wine Challenge.
key factsSucker for a fine Pinot Noir Arsenal through and through British comedy aficionado Mastermind category - 90s hip hop
With over 7 years’ experience in the wine trade, Rhian has worked with some of the finest wines in the world, from super Tuscans such as Sassicaia to big Burgundian legends like Domaine Leflaive. Rhian is now very excited be working with her favourite grape variety; Riesling. Her love of food and (mainly) wine grew from her time living in Italy’s foodie capital Bologna and Lyon, culinary Mecca of France. Rhian is in her element organising events and hosting parties. On a Friday night you will most likely find Rhian serving aperitivo with aperol spritz in her East End retreat, where most of the furniture would look at home on the set of Mad Men. Rhian also captains the Cheetahs, North London’s deadliest women’s netball team.
key factsObsessive colour co-ordinator Fluent in Italian, French and most importantly: Welsh Karaoke mic hogger Fancy dress extraordinaire
Lowri has always had an eye for the finer things in life so following a language degree and a stint as a TV researcher, she made a beeline for the wine trade. She has worked across the industry moving from retail to the buying team of a leading wholesaler, picking up the WSET Diploma and enjoying some spectacular wines along the way. She’s settled in well to the PR world which satisfies her need to communicate and her love of social occasions. At Phipps she is known for her fondness of fine Cognac and always being up to speed with the latest vinous trends.
key factsPassionate Welsh rugby fan Gin fiend Quick thinker Loves a good chat
A master of making things look easy, Jen has been at Phipps since her career began first as a runner at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas and more latterly single-handedly masterminding the annual VDP Rheingau tasting – if there is a tasting or an event to organise, this is your girl. Passionate about all things vinous, Jen has her own blog where she will promise to ‘find you a drink’. Sounds good so check it out at
key factsNever sits still Problem no problem Infectious laugh Will try anything once
Consumer PR with client-experience including Laurent Perrier and Twinings, Emily heads up the media team for Wines of Germany, Tio Pepe, and Cognac. She enjoys nothing more than turning a challenging brief into an engaging and consumer-friendly campaign.
key factsLogistics - bring it on! Happiest in the countryside Historian at heart Chocolate fanatic
A dance student, turned Journalism graduate, now taking a stab at PR, Harriet has worked across a wide selection of brands in her first two years in the industry. From fashion to beauty, Disney On Ice to Bacardi and Mount Gay Rum to singer, song-writer Jessie Ware, Harriet has enjoyed working with a whole host of clients in her career so far. Now turning her skills to all things food and drink, Harriet can often be found wandering through the streets of London discovering all things new and arty. A self-confessing terrible cook, she spends most of her days chilling out in newest food and drink hang outs, always seeking strong coffee and a good beer.
key factsLoves musicals Can't live without gingerbread men Enthusiastic Arsenal fan City explorer
After finishing her language studies, Greta headed straight into wine retail working at Majestic and Oddbins. Now having joined the Phipps team, she is using her generic and trade marketing skills running the trade communications for Matthew Clark and trade PR and events for Wines of Rioja.
key factsSelf-confessed Hispanophile Keeps a cool head and well-stocked wine rack Enthusiastic sketcher Can’t live without rock ‘n’ roll
Helen joins the Phipps team with an impressive range of consumer PR experience working with brands such as Graze.com and Bioglan Superfoods. An English graduate with a fanatical obsession with grammar, Helen’s excellent writing skills mean she is equally able to carve a killer press release as she is to write up a review on her blog, For Goodness Cakes. A coffee connoisseur, cake aficionado and home-baker extraordinaire, Helen’s homemade breakfast bars are already firm favourites amongst the Phipps team.