Jane Masters MW has been elected the Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW). Jane, who is the 53rd Chairman of the Institute, became a Master of Wine (MW) in 1997. She is an international winemaking consultant and runs her own business, Mastering Wine.
Speaking after her election, Jane said: “It is an honour to serve as Chairman of the IMW at this particularly exciting stage in our history. Our Membership now has over 350 Masters of Wine across the world, demand for the MW Study Programme is higher than ever before and we have strong relationships with our Supporters, proving our relevance to the wine trade at all levels. In 2017 we will move into a new headquarters in London, UK and in June 2018 the IMW 9th International Symposium will take place in Logroño, Spain. Both of these key events will allow us to build on our successes and develop the Institute further in promoting excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors in the global wine community.”
Jane trained as a winemaker at the Institute of Oenology in Bordeaux following a degree in Biological Chemistry. After five years in France studying and making wine, she worked for Marks and Spencer’s for 13 years, ultimately managing the Wine and Drinks Category. In 2005 Jane set up her independent consultancy Mastering Wine. She works with her clients on wine business strategy, quality evaluation and improvement, product development, sourcing and communications.
Jane’s extensive wine experience is complemented by an Executive MBA from the London Business School. Jane takes over the role of Chairman from Sarah Jane Evans MW, whose tenure came to an end today. In addition to Jane’s position as Chairman, Adrian Garforth MW has been elected Vice Chairman of the IMW.
Adrian is a wine consultant and has run his own business since 2003. A Biochemistry graduate from Bath University, Adrian became an MW in 1993 winning the Safeway Award for Marketing. He has held senior operational and commercial roles within Diageo, prior to becoming the Managing Director of the JSE listed Savanha wines in South Africa in 1998. He currently works with a number of New World wineries helping them with Export market development, and advises many UK on-trade clients, helping to create exciting wine offers whilst navigating the complexities of the UK wine market. In addition to Jane and Adrian’s appointments, four MWs were elected to the Institute’s Council at today’s elections.