THE PANEL CHAIR

The Panel Chair oversees the Panel Judges and act as a positive role model, sharing skills, knowledge and expertise with the rest of the judging team.

Their role includes establishing a benchmark for different medal scores, encouraging panel discussions before awarding each medal, and validating the panel’s scores for each wine or spirit judged.

Stephen Beal
Stephen Beal

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

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Victoria Burt MW
Victoria Burt MW

Position: Chair Judge

Company: WSET

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Ivan Dixon
Ivan Dixon

Position: Chair Judge

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Simon Field MW
Simon Field MW

Position: Chair Judge

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Tobias Gorn
Tobias Gorn

Position: Chair Judge

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Peter Holland
Peter Holland

Position: Chair Judge

Company: The Floating Rum Shack

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Roger Jones
Roger Jones

Position: Chair Judge

Company: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

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Matthieu Longuere MS
Matthieu Longuere MS

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Le Cordon Bleu

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Charles Maxwell
Charles Maxwell

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Thames Distillers

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Richard Paterson
Richard Paterson

Position: Chair Judge and member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Company: Whyte & Mackay

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David T  Smith
David T Smith

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Summer Fruit Cup

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David Stewart
David Stewart

Position: Chair Judge

Company: The Balvenie

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Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Position: Chair Judge

Company: Distell

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