Meet the Training Team
Inspiring passion and confidence in people to sell better drinks.
Awarded the prestigious titles of both WSET Educator of the Year and IWC Educator of the Year in 2014, we couldn’t be prouder of our dedicated training department.
One of the first wine suppliers to recognise the need for real training, we’ve been taking wine and spirits education seriously for over 10 years. Not only are our training team all WSET Approved Educators, but they have developed an array of in-house courses that focus on helping you sell more wine and spirits.
Meet the award-winning team
Julia Bailey DipWSET, Head of Customer Training
With a degree in Journalism under her belt, Julia began her career in the wine trade within the consumer wine education sector. Joining Bibendum over nine years ago, she worked as a wine educator for several years, before taking the reins and heading up our customer training department in 2015. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2013, and splits her time between managing the team, alongside continuing to share her knowledge and passion for wine (particularly anything from Italy!). She’s also our resident sake expert.
Emily Humphreys DipWSET, Wine Educator
With a BA in International Politics, Emily moved into hospitality management where she gained her personal licence and great experience across a number of iconic pub and bar groups. She joined Bibendum almost five years ago. With a keen interest in beer, she has developed our craft beer courses, but her real passion is wine. With studying behind her (having recently completed her WSET Diploma) you’ll find her drinking a crisp glass of Chenin while cheering on her local rugby team, Blackheath.
Amanda Willsher DipWSET, Wine Educator and Project Manager
With a degree in Biology, Somerset-based Amanda worked in various roles across the wine industry and bar and restaurant scene, before joining Bibendum over 10 years ago. Initially in our sales team, she soon moved across to training where she could put her WSET Diploma and CIPD Learning Certificate to great use. After managing the team for several years, she now focuses on our e-learning offer, while continuing to educate our customers. You’ll find her putting her feet up with a Tuscan red after a long session in the veg patch with her kids.
Monica Allan DipWSET, Wine Educator
MPH graduate Monica worked in nursing for over 10 years in Sydney before moving across the world to settle in the UK with her family. She ran the Hampstead Women’s Wine Club before joining Bibendum over four years ago to further her wine education. As well as delivering training throughout the On Trade, she runs an internal tasting group to keep our skills sharp. She’s recently finished her WSET Diploma and when not reading Jancis’ Purple Pages, you’ll find her raiding her cellar for the next bottle of aged Spatlese.
Jamie Barrow, Wine Educator
After completing a degree in Theatre Design, Jamie decided to down his pencils and paintbrushes to spend three years teaching in Japan. Upon his return, he decided to pursue his love for wine by embarking on his WSET qualifications. Now half-way through his WSET Diploma and with a few years’ experience managing an independent wine merchant, he has joined Bibendum to share his passion for all things vinous. He spends his free time worrying about his beloved Wolves FC, glass of sherry in hand.
Mira Mentz, Training Coordinator
Mira has a diploma in Film and Television Editing and Scriptwriting, which she worked in before wandering into the wine industry. After working on wine farms in the Cape and as sommelier in a game reserve, she moved to Johannesburg and was a sales manager for a wine importer. In June 2018, Mira and her husband, along with their two cats, moved to London where she soon began her role as a training coordinator at Bibendum. Soon to begin WSET Diploma studies, if she is not studying, she is most likely cooking up a storm or online shopping with a delicious glass of red in hand.