Meet our team of wine and spirit experts
Our team of specialists have over 70 years of collective experience in sourcing, acquiring and valuating the finest and best wines and spirits from the leading producers and sellers globally.
We are here to assist you with straightforward advice on all all of our products and our services.
Have any questions on the sourcing, selling or acquisition of your next wine or spirit please give us a call or send us an email.
Mark co-founded and runs Ditton Wine & Spirits, one of the premier fine wine & spirits merchants in London with customers and trading partners all over the world.
He is widely regarded as an expert in his field and accredited with building Ditton Wine & Spirits into the value-driven, trusted, successful business that it is. Previously, Mark had a successful career with the most prominent food retailer in The Netherlands, whereas a director of one of its subsidiaries he learned first-hand what it takes to co-run a company.
Apart his overall responsibilities as MD, Mark focuses on purchasing as well as B2B sales across all regions.
Notable wine: Penfolds Bin 707 for finally understanding what critics mean when they talk about burned rubber.
David joined the wine trade in 1987 beginning his career in the City of London at El Vino, during his career he has been involved with many areas of the business including running a wine bar, on-line, operations and purchasing. He passed WSET diploma in 1994 and has travelled and tasted widely.
In his role as Operations manager David oversees the in and outbound movements of stock internationally, ensuring the right wines and spirits arrive where and when they should. He also looks after private client reserves.
When not in the office, David enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, restaurants and holidays.
In terms of a favourite wine, it’s difficult to say with so many to choose from but perhaps an old Grange if I had to pick one.
Claire has worked in the food industry for 17 years in various commercial and managerial roles.
She started her professional life as a trader in spices, supplying food manufacturers. She then became a European category manager, which involved her managing (amongst other products) contracts with breweries across Europe.
Claire joined Ditton in March 2018 out of a desire to balance her working life with her role as a mother following the birth of her first child; she works part-time as a bookkeeper for the company. Claire is mum to 2 young children and loves to travel and entertain in her spare time.
Her favourite things are Desert Islands and Champagne
PRIVATE CLIENT SALES UK
Simon started his path in wine in 2000 when he established his wine agency representing Italian producers in the UK market.
In early 2013, he moved to London from his home city of Oxford to join the Trading team at Roberson. Since then he has worked with many leading London merchants in B2B sales.
Simon is a highly experienced Trader who joined Ditton in November 2018 to look after Ditton’s Private Clients in the UK, and he also works alongside Mark with our B2B clients.
In his spare time, Simon is a passionate liberal and political activist nominated twice for election to win a seat within his local government council. He has a deep interest in projects that positively benefits local communities. He is also a lover of anything Brazilian, horse riding and military fitness classes.
PRIVATE CLIENT SALES ASIA
Caleb began his exceptional career serving wine part-time, managing the wines at a private cellar while working closely with private clients, getting to know their palates and preferences in order to select the right wine for the right customer.
He moved from Hong Kong to London to join Ditton back in 2016, distance did not attenuate Caleb’s passion for fine wine and providing adequate advice for our Asia-based clients. He believes that happiness only exists when shared.
When he’s not working with wine, Caleb loves the cinema, he enjoys narratives portrayed through images His passions are great wine and a movie and incredible art.
Desert island wine; Leroy Bourgogne Rouge 2004.