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Two new buyers join the team

Two new talented and experienced buyers join our team

Fiona Hayes and Harriet Kininmonth
Fiona Hayes (above left) and Harriet Kininmonth (right)

We are delighted to welcome Fiona Hayes (above left) and Harriet Kininmonth (right) to The Wine Society. Fiona Hayes will be joining the team in early March. With 17 years’ buying experience for trade and private customers, Fiona joins The Wine Society from fine wine merchant Lay & Wheeler. Previously, Fiona spent over 13 years working for Berry Bros & Rudd, buying for its importer business Fields, Morris & Verdin. 

Fiona will be closely followed in April by Harriet Kininmonth. Harriet has spent the past two years at C&C Group, where her role was Wine Trading Director. Prior to C&C, Harriet was at wine and spirits supplier Enotria for 12 years during which time she progressed from buyer to the company’s Director of Wine Buying. 

Between them, Fiona and Harriet bring a huge amount of knowledge and skill to our business. During the selection process they demonstrated a real passion for The Wine Society and a thorough understanding of our unique way of doing business. Their addition to our existing team brings a wealth of experience, impressive commercial understanding and a fresh outlook. It will also ensure we have a comprehensive handover ahead of the retirement of two of our most experienced and long-standing buyers Joanna Locke MW and Marcel Orford-Williams. 

We’ll find out more about Fiona and Harriet once they have had a chance to settle in. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in extending a very warm welcome to The Wine Society family.

>> Read more about the buying team 

Pierre Mansour

Director of wine and buyer for Spain

Pierre Mansour

Pierre Mansour joined the buying team in 2003 and was promoted to the position of Head of Buying in 2017 and then Director of Wine in 2019. He is responsible for Spain and Lebanon.

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