Our exceptionally talented wine experts, ready to share only the best wines and spirits with you.
Meet the outstanding Bordeaux Index team, expect unrivalled advice, exceptional service and a passion to buy and sell only the very best fine wine and spirits in the industry.
Gary Boom was born in South Africa, and holds a BSc in Finance from the university of Cape Town. Between 1985 and 2001, Gary worked for a range of London money brokers specialising in interest rate options, and was a director at Intercapital Group. Gary founded Bordeaux Index in 1997 in London, opened an office in Hong Kong in February 2007, in Singapore in December 2011, and in LA in April 2013. Outside work, Gary loves travel, Burgundy, shooting and Arsenal.
Michelle gained her BSc in Genetics from Queen Mary University of London. During her doctorate in chromosomal genetics, she decided it was time for a change of scenery. After travelling the world for a few years as a PA she met Gary quite by accident and was lured into the world of fine wine. Ten years later, Michelle has learnt the language of wine and while she doesn't claim to be anything of an expert, she is happiest with a glass of vintage Champagne in her hand or a bottle of Burgundy.
Kat joined Bordeaux Index in March 2019 after 23 years in advertising. A qualified accountant she most recently held a global role addressing strategic and operational challenges for an international marketing network. Bordeaux Index is her first foray into the wine industry and she is enjoying broadening her knowledge of fine wines and spirits in a dynamic, future focussed company.
Matthew O'Connell is CEO of the LiveTrade fine wine exchange and leads Bordeaux Index's investment activity. Prior to joining the company, Matthew spent more than a decade working for Goldman Sachs' Investment Banking Division in London, after completing a Classics degree at St. John's College, Cambridge University. Outside of work, Matthew is a keen gardener and a charity trustee for the Historic England Foundation.
Annie graduated with a degree in Classics during the pandemic, whilst working at an IFA firm for 7 years. After deciding she was keen for a career change, she fell into Bordeaux Index - and it felt a perfect fit for her, having spent multiple summers in Spain with her grandparents learning lots about Spanish wines. Outside of work you can find Annie performing in bars amongst her Musical Theatre friends or reviewing the latest shows the West End have to offer.
"My father never really worked, but got cash from various sources. He'd make commission on a deal and blow it on the horses"... Not strictly true, as Andrew says his father also spent some money on fine wine, which is how he developed his love of Claret and subsequently, all the wines of Europe. Since joining Bordeaux Index, Andrew has met and made friends with people for whom wine is a passion. His palate is now in a state of confusion!
Seb started in the wine trade in 1991 through the traditional route of van driver and worked in various areas of the wine trade until he finally found his niche in sales. Seb was one of the founding members who assisted in setting up Bordeaux Index in 1997, proudly becoming a director and partner of the business in 2004. He spends his spare time sharing fine wine and food with family and friends, listening to live music, following Chelsea and planning which city to run his next marathon in.
David trained in Oenology at Roseworthy College in Adelaide and went on to work vintages at Chateau Cissac in Bordeaux, Taylor's in the Douro Valley and Mount Adam and Turkey Flat in South Australia. Upon returning to the UK, David spent 5 years working agency-side managing a portfolio of French wine brands. David then honed his retail skills, establishing a small independent wine merchant which grew to four shops in Hampshire, before joining Bordeaux Index in 2010 and still likes to get his hands dirty during the vintage out in Bordeaux.
Tom joined the trade over two decades ago off the back of a trip to Tuscany and hasn't looked back. He spent the first decade working in the more traditional wine world; learning from some of the old past masters who gave him great exposure to many wonderful and mature vintages. The subsequent ten years have been spent at Bordeaux Index predominantly looking after private clients, many of whom have become very close friends. He loves nothing better than a good Roast Chicken and several bottles of fine wine... Port of course and a bottle of Madeira. He will happily discuss the merits of the Welsh rugby team, spend an afternoon on the river fishing or will happily show you pictures of his four children.
Born and raised in the sunny Languedoc Roussillon region, Catherine developed a passion for French wine early on. After University in Montpellier, she moved to London to start her career in the wine industry. She joined Bordeaux Index in 2007, where she has been developing her client base as well as her expertise in wine and Champagne ever since. In her spare time, you can often find her cycling in Richmond Park or perfecting her Mediterranean cuisine.
Amanda developed an interest in wine early on in life, so after studying French & Spanish at Newcastle University she made her way to London and joined Bordeaux Index where she made her passion into a career. Now based permanently up in North Yorkshire, she aims to provide shooting estates up and down the country with the best wines possible, and still frequents London regularly. She lives in the beautiful AONB of Nidderdale with her young family and a very besotted spaniel.
Ellie fell in love with wine on a hedonistic trip to New Zealand shortly after finishing her Politics degree, and here she became passionate about all the New World has to offer. It follows that her desert island wine would be a salty, mineral, textual New World Chardonnay. After three years at another wine merchant, Ellie joined Bordeaux Index in 2017. She spent two happy years in the marketing team, with a particular focus on our events. In 2019 her passion for wine naturally drew over to the sales team (taking events with her) where she looks after private clients. Outside of work, Ellie's obsession with food is almost as great as her obsession for wine and she spends much of her time perfecting her sourdough breadmaking skills and meticulously researching which restaurant to visit next.
Camilla's passion for wine began back when she was just a child watching her grandfather Orlando buying grapes and making his own wine in his basement in Northern Italy. After studying Art at University in Milan, Camilla moved to London to work in hospitality and continue her studies in wine. It was here where her knowledge and passion developed and if you were to ask her what her favourite island wine is, she could make an entire list! Although she loves life in London, she sometimes misses the Italian food and family warmth but she keeps herself busy. In her spare time, you will find Camilla visiting London Art galleries, baking cakes for her friends, boxing in south London and as you may have guessed, drinking a variety of old world and new world wines with friends and family.
Felix grew up on the 'sunny' Isle of Wight and found a love of wine at a fairly young age. His real wine passion started whilst travelling around Australia and in particular Margaret River where he flew to straight from school. Since his return, he has worked for numerous London Wine Merchants and now has 10 years of experience in the trade. Developing a strong knowledge and interest in the Bordeaux and Burgundy market as well as a keen interest in finding the next best thing from smaller up and coming areas in Spain and South Africa. Outside of work Felix follows pretty much all sports with a particular love and passion for anything Cricket and Newcastle United Football club.
Tatiana has always been interested in wine but her decision to work in the industry was sparked during time spent working with Katie Jones in the Languedoc Roussillon. Washing tanks, checking fermentations, and picking grapes sowed the seed and after seven years working in various departments at Berry Bros. & Rudd, Tatiana was very excited to join Bordeaux Index in November 2022. She completed her WSET Diploma in June 2019 and her favourite wine regions include: Piedmont, Champagne and anything made with Chenin Blanc. She also has a passion for Sherry after spending time in Jerez a few years ago and is constantly trying to win friends over to her side! Any time spent away from the office will involve travelling which luckily usually involves wine but can sometimes take her as far afield as Brazil.
Born into the trade, Emily had no choice but to live and breathe wine. The family bickering would start almost immediately when Gary would pour his six-year-old a generous shot of 'the world's best wine' because she just had to try it. After a degree in criminology at the University of Manchester, Emily moved back to London to tackle the restaurant and wine scene. She works part time as a chef at the famous Primrose Hill restaurant; Odette's, an experience which has provided her with a different depth of knowledge of the wine scene, perfectly combining the two. Emily is first and foremost a passionate lover of champagne.
Philippe had the good fortune to grow up in a great wine region, the Languedoc; as such working in the wine industry was a natural career choice! After finishing University in Montpellier, Philippe worked in the wine trade in Paris before relocating to London in order to get a new perspective on the industry. Philippe started at Bordeaux Index in 2009 and is now doing what he's most passionate about - Purchasing. Philippe enjoys running, hiking, travel – and of course, great wine.
A native of Birmingham, Oliver studied languages at Leeds University and then began his wine career with a high street merchant, before joining Bordeaux Index in 2006. Oliver now heads up Bordeaux inventory as well as keeping a thirsty eye on our Italian wine selection. Oliver can often be heard conversing in French, Italian, Thai or Brummie.
Robert's love of wine started while studying Musciology and Social Theory at Cambridge University. After graduating he started his career in the wine trade in London at Bibendum, where he became buyer across group responsible for France and Fine Wine. At Bordeaux Index, Robert is responsible for buying for Bordeaux, the Rhone and the US. In his final stages of the Master of Wine programme, he is writing a research paper on the market evolution of champagne in the UK market.
For the last decade Victoria has spent almost all of her spare time, as well as her professional life, immersed in wine - either tasting, studying, travelling, or making wine - with harvest stints in Stellenbosch in 2017 and East Sussex in 2020. She is now in the final stage of the Master of Wine qualification, with her research topic focusing on regenerative viticulture, satisfying her obsession with soil. Previously a wine buyer for Waitrose, where she became a South Africa specialist, she is excited about having made the move to the fine wine world and such an energetic company. She loves high-acidity grapes, and Chenin Blanc and Nebbiolo are amongst her favourites. Outside of thinking and drinking wine, she loves eating (especially Italian; pasta is her happy place), trail running, hot yoga, hiking, and reading.
After a brief stint in fashion, Phoebe joined the wine trade in 2020 and hasn't looked back since. Having got a taste for purchasing at another wine merchant, her passion led her to Bordeaux Index where she has been developing her expertise ever since. Outside of work you can find Phoebe in one of East London's many wine bars, listening to live music, or in front of her sewing machine.
Geraint has extensive experience managing portfolios for both major financial institutions and private individuals. With over a decade of experience in the fine wine market he has extensive understanding of market dynamics alongside a great enthusiasm for the product. Prior to Bordeaux Index he worked for the Bank of England. He is also a Director of an FCA authorised management company.
After studying Economics and Management at Manchester University, Tim began working at Fidelity Investment services and CCF Stockbrokers. He then spent the majority of his career at Eurobrokers (where he was an associate director) and Tradition and Tulletts dealing interest rate derivatives. Away from work, Tim swims every morning, practices yoga and is an avid Manchester United fan.
Chris joined Bordeaux index after a 25 year career in investment banking with the fortune of a five year placement in Hong Kong amongst that. With a history of trading interest rate derivatives, he brings a wealth of trading skills to the LiveTrade purchasing and sales team. Chris left St Catharine's College, Cambridge with a degree in Chemistry and assures us the science behind wine is far more interesting than anything he learned back then. With extended family based in the wine country of Cape Town and a long history of wine courses and tastings, it seemed likely this would be his destiny. Outside of work you'll see him on a bike, swimming outdoors and planning the next sailing trip.
Matt joined LiveTrade 5 years ago with responsibility for day-to-day management and client relations. His remit includes business development in the UK and Asia. Matt has over 25 years' experience in financial markets and digital trading including stints in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Laurence joined LiveTrade in March 2021 and brings 20 years' experience in finance. Based in Bordeaux, and a French speaker, she is on the ground in one of our most important markets. Laurence is responsible for business development throughout Europe.
Archie joined Bordeaux Index in 2022 to combine his technical background with a long-standing passion for wine. At University, he established a wine cellar with two friends to better serve the student body and his appetite to learn about wine has not since diminished. Archie studied Civil Engineering at Durham University, after which he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019 with Ernst & Young and worked at William Grant & Sons. Outside work, he is pursuing the WSET qualifications and tinkers with anything wheeled.
Ross leads the Spirits division for Bordeaux Index. Having joined the drinks business over 16 years ago, he's probably approaching veteran status now, but it still feels like it all started yesterday. After studying History at University, a job working in wine sounded like a bit of fun, but he was quickly swept up by the product and camaraderie of the trade. After 6 formative years in London, Ross moved out to Asia in 2013, settling in Singapore by way of Hong Kong, where he now calls home with his family, dogs and the cat. He pivoted full time to Spirits in 2020, focussing on the sales of single malt casks, before joining the team at BI in the spring of 2022. Outside of work, Ross enjoys skiing (badly), scuba diving and supporting his hometown football club of Watford from afar.
Guy's first foray into the trade was during a work experience stint in a restaurant in central Spain, where the owner had been one of the country's best sommeliers. However, being a Scot in all things but the accent, whisky was never too far away! Back in the UK, he managed a couple of independent wine and spirit merchants, before moving into the buying side at one of London's luxury department stores, and subsequently onto one of the UK's largest online specialist retailers of spirits, where he was the Head Buyer for four years. He regularly judges for various wine and spirit competitions and looks forward to preaching the gospel of spirits at Bordeaux Index. When not at one of London's bars or restaurants, he can usually be found satisfying his near-obsessive thirst for cricket at Lord's, a well hit six away from his home.
Raised in Northamptonshire, Jonty attended St. Edwards Oxford public school until being shipped out to school in South Africa to carry out his final two years of 6th form. There he cemented his love for playing rugby and travel. Straight from school Jonty landed himself working in property auctions but soon felt he needed a new calling moving recently into the world of Spirits, joining Bordeaux Index in 2021.
After Studying Business Management at Cardiff, Luke had expected to take the logical path into the city, but after an eye-opening bottle of Vosne-Romanee his attentions were turned to the world of wine and spirits. Like many in the trade, he started his journey in the industry by way of retail, beginning his career in the Harrods Wine Department. After learning the ropes there, Luke moved on becoming one of the founding employees at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, where he spent five formative years honing his knowledge of the world's finest wines and spirits. It was here his passion for whisky grew, at a time that the market was changing rapidly. Wanting to experience other areas of the trade, Luke then moved onto a London based Private Client Sales business where he advised individuals on how to build and manage wine and spirit portfolios, whilst overseeing the purchasing of spirits for the company. Luke took the leap to the spirits world full-time when he joined BI in Spring 2022. Outside of work Luke is a keen cook, golfer and enjoys frequenting London's art galleries and many great restaurants.
After starting work in the Freight Forwarding industry moving goods to and from Europe, Darren joined Bordeaux Index shortly after it was born in 1997. With a career in the wine trade always being a great passion of his, it felt like a natural move. Outside the office you can find him keeping fit by running and cycling, as well as enjoying good food. He also has a particularly eclectic taste in music.
After a stint in investment banking, Joe started at Bordeaux Index in 2007. He co-founded the Investment Team and jointly managed the institutional investment side of the business through until 2012. In 2013, Joe opened Bordeaux Index's first office in the US, which he continues to run. When not working or tasting wine, he enjoys playing with all things 2 wheeled, 6 stringed and exploring the great outdoors.
In 2002 at 4am, in the Jamaique bar in Burgundy, Doug entered the wine industry. In 2007 and for 10 years, Doug opened and ran the first international office for Bordeaux Index, in Hong Kong. An office which remains one of largest fine wine distributors in the area. He has moved his family to Miami to run Bordeaux Index's East Coast US and LATAM business, bringing his passion for wine and sense of adventure to one of the world's most exciting cities. Outside of wine, he is generally to be found by a BBQ, on the water or on a tennis court.
After completing his studies in the UK and California, Guy joined the wine trade back in 2003 as something "fun to do" while he figured out how to make use of his degree. Within 6 months he discovered that a career in wine is what he had wanted to do all along, he just hadn't realised it yet. Guy later joined Bordeaux Index in London in 2007, transferred to Hong Kong in 2010 and has been running our businesses in Asia since 2015. When he is not talking about wine, writing about wine or indeed drinking wine, Guy can be found gallivanting around the world exploring new places, discovering different cultures and meeting new people.
After over 20 years in Advertising & Marketing, Angelina decided a change was long overdue and jumped at the opportunity when she was offered a job in wine investment in 2007. In that time, she got to know Bordeaux Index and was offered the opportunity to join the family in 2010, taking on the challenge of kick-starting Bordeaux Index's presence in Singapore that same year in June. Fast forward a decade later, Angelina's efforts have cemented Bordeaux Index's place as one of the most successful wine and spirits businesses in Singapore and South East Asia. Outside of work, Angelina loves being pampered at spas and travelling with her family.
Hamish decided to become a wine merchant aged 14 when he saw family friend and trade legend Teddy Davis at work for Taittinger and realised that some people are employed to drink Champagne. He studied Ancient Greek Drinking Culture at University, whilst working in vineyards in Champagne. Upon moving to Bordeaux he played on the Wing for Pauillac Rugby Club for two seasons and worked the 2008 and 2009 vintages in the cellars of Chateaux Giscours and Du Tertre in Margaux. Returning home in 2010, he attained his WSET Diploma in Wines & Spirits and worked for BB&R; for five years in their Fine Wine Team. His next role was at a Burgundy & Champagne specialist in London, opening their merchant sales department in Europe and Asia, representing great domaines like Prieure Roch. Finally in 2018 a long-time ambition to work in Asia was fulfilled when he landed his dream job as a Sales Director with Bordeaux Index in Hong Kong, the leading British merchant in Asia. Rugby, rum, cigars, history and gardening are his main vices.
After 12 years experience in Banking and Finance, Ling joined Bordeaux Index in 2019, to help drive and establish investment business in Asia. Ling is native Chinese, lived in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. She holds CFA, MBA and WSET level 3.
Born and bred in Singapore, Mark graduated with a Diploma in Communications and a B.Sc. in Psychology. After cutting his teeth in the world of Customer Service, Mark took up an internship with Bordeaux Index in 2017, assisting the Investment Team with his background in Statistical Analysis. The following year marked his first formal foray into the Wines and Spirits industry in a full-time Sales role in our Singapore office, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Mark assists the Bordeaux Index Singapore office in managing their wide portfolio of clients across the region, including helping out with administrative & storage matters in Singapore. When not in the office, you can find Mark studying for his upcoming JLPT or travelling.
Katie's passion for wine began at a young age, the moment she started to read in fact, when her father began handing her the wine list at every restaurant, so it was a natural progression to start working at a wine bar in Oxford the moment she turned 18. After completing her degree at the University of Newcastle, she headed straight out to the Duoro and fully immersed herself - up to the knees - treading on grapes in the lagars every day. After spending a couple of years at another merchant in London, she joined the sales team at Bordeaux Index in 2017. Katie grabs every opportunity to travel so outside of work you will find her at a yoga retreat in Thailand, exploring the chalk caves of Champagne or relaxing in a piazza with a glass of Barolo after a day of exploring the art galleries of Rome.
Keith began his career in wine back in 2002. After 6 years with Hong Kong's largest wine retailer Keith joined Bordeaux Index's Hong Kong team in 2008 where he has remained a permanent fixture ever since. A Bordeaux and Burgundy man, there are few wine companies that can match Keith's individual sales of Classed Growth Claret and Grand Cru Burgundy during the last 10+ years. Working with different Brits during his time at Bordeaux Index, Keith has become a connoisseur of English humour. Outside of work and wine, Keith enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs; Choco and Kimchi.
A native of Kobe, Japan, Ichie's passion for wine began while studying in Pennsylvania (of all places). After acquiring a BS in Business/Hospitality Management, Ichie's path less-travelled, finally led her across the Atlantic, when in 2000, she joined a prominent London-based Fine Wine Broker. Ichie has never looked back since, later working for the world's oldest wine merchant before finally finding her home at Bordeaux Index in 2008. A walking encyclopedia of the great wines of Burgundy, when Ichie doesn't have her nose in a glass or a book, she enjoys yoga, cooking and travelling.
One of the nicest guys in the wine trade, Clem joined Bordeaux Index in 2015 after studying in Australia and then cutting his teeth at one of Hong Kong's top wine retailers. From trouble shooting technology issues to educating his colleagues on obscure, up-and-coming vignerons, Clem is a tri-lingual (Cantonese, Mandarin and English, both traditional and Aussie) man for all seasons and an integral part of Bordeaux Index's global success.