Lay & Wheeler bolsters team with two senior hires

Lay & Wheeler has bolstered its team with two high profile recruits.

The fine wine merchant has appointed Simon Staples as director of private clients and Catherine Petrie MW, who joins the buying team.

Staples joins following 23 years with Berry Bros & Rudd, where he held the position of sales director. He will lead efforts to increase Lay & Wheeler’s work with private clients.

Catherine Petrie MW will look after buying for all of France with the exception of Bordeaux, which will continue to be led by buyer Robbie Toothill.

Petrie, who qualified as a master of wine in 2017, has extensive experience working in vineyards and wineries across Europe, and was previously working as a buyer for Goedhuis & Co. She has a key specialism in the Loire and Burgundy, where she worked for Domaine Comte Armand in Pommard.

She will work alongside Toothill and John Phillips, buying coordinator. Phillips will take up responsibility for increasing the American and Australian ranges, in addition to his existing duties.

The company noted that the recruitment news shows it is investing in the business, scaling resources with a focus on both growing supply and demand.

Katy Keating, managing director, said: “People are our most important resource, and we remain focused on building a best-in-class team. Simon and Catherine bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion. I am thrilled they are joining our Lay & Wheeler family.

“It is vital that the love and deep interest our customers have for fine wine are reflected across the business. Bringing professionals like Simon, who built the fine wine department at Berry Bros & Rudd, and Catherine, who is a Master of Wine, onboard is a thrilling step forward for us – and for our clients and our producers. I am confident that we have all of the essential ingredients to take this hugely respected and historic business forward.”

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