About The Team

Chris Foss. Curriculum Manager

Chris Foss is half-French and Bordeaux-trained. Whilst in Bordeaux he managed the family vineyard in the Entre-Deux-Mers and worked in vineyards and wineries in Sauternes (Chateau d’Yquem) and St Emilion, becoming Winemaker for the GFA Leclerc vineyard group.  He moved to Plumpton to launch their wine programmes in 1988. Chris lectures principally in vineyard establishment and management, vine protection, and sustainable viticulture, and is also the manager of Plumpton’s 10-hectare vineyard and a committee member of Wine GB South-East. Chris’ principal research interests lie in climate change, disease monitoring and vineyard sustainability, and he is a member of the Life+ Adviclim research group.  He has presented at conferences in France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Australia, China, New Zealand Portugal and the USA, and led the team that delivered the academic programme for the highly successful ninth International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, held in Brighton (UK) in May 2016.

Tony Milanowski. WineSkills Programme Manager

Tony Milanowski is a winemaker who graduated from the University of Adelaide, then went on to make wine in Australia with Hardy's and Katnook as well as in Italy with Farnese Vini. Since 2007, he has been the oenology lecturer at Plumpton College, responsible for teaching winemaking theory, wine analysis and sensory evaluation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Tony also leads the WineSkills extension programme, which provides training for the UK wine industry.

Paul Harley. Wine Business Programme Manager

After six successful years in wine retail, Paul Harley joined Plumpton in 2007 as Wine Sales Manager, then progressed through the ranks to lead the Wine Business degree provision. Paul also co-ordinates and delivers WSET qualifications (from Level 2 up to Level 4 Diploma) and teaches consumer psychology, English wine, oenotourism, wine sales and new beverage development. He is a regular panel judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Greg Dunn. MSc V & O Programme Manager

Dr Gregory Dunn is the Programme Manager for the MSc Viticulture & Oenology. Previously, he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the National Grape and Wine Industry Centre, Wagga Wagga, Australia, and before that, he was Associate Professor (Viticulture) and CR Roper fellow in Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. Greg is also Deputy Editor for The Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. After completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne in plant physiology, Greg worked as a native forest and plantation forest scientist in Queensland. Since leaving forestry for vineyards, he has spent two decades working in wine industry research, teaching, training and industry development. His research interests include grapevine reproduction, yield forecasting and management, and the use of technology in vineyards.

Sarah Midgley. Winemaker and winemaking instructor

After training in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University in New Zealand, Sarah Midgley worked vintages abroad in New Zealand, Australia and California. She worked as Assistant Winemaker at Camel Valley winery in Cornwall for five years before joining the team at Plumpton in 2014. She teaches winemaking by working alongside our students in our commercial winery, producing our award-winning Plumpton Estate wines. Sarah is interested in sustainable winemaking and strives for continuing improvements in our winemaking processes using SALSA, an external audit system recognised by top supermarkets.

Danielle Whitehead. Wine Brand Manager

With over thirteen years of wine industry experience and a first class Honours BSc degree in Viticulture & Oenology from Plumpton College, Danielle Whitehead joined the team in June 2018 as our Wine Brand Manager. She is responsible for the sales and marketing of Plumpton Estate wines, and comes with great experience in this field and a strong passion and interest in wine, which she is always seeking to build upon through tastings and travelling.

Lindsay Holas. Wine Business Lecturer

Lindsay Holas joined Plumpton in 2017 and brings extensive international marketing and strategy experience to the Wine Business programme. She's a native New Yorker and holds an MSc in Wine Business from the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Tom Newham. Vineyard Instructor

Tom Newham is a Plumpton graduate who previously worked as a sailing instructor. Over the last 12 years, he has managed several vineyards, both in England and France, as well as successfully setting up an independent wine shop.

Blago Dishkov. Vineyard & winery operative

Having worked in vineyards since he was 15 years old, Blago Dishkov joined Plumpton in 2017 as a vineyard apprentice and progressed rapidly to become the vineyard and winery operative. He gained a Distinction grade in the Principles of Vinegrowing course, and has now become an accomplished tractor driver and pesticide applicator. He works full-time on Plumpton vineyards, and often gives the vineyard instructor a hand with preparing and delivering sessions. His principal interests lie in vine protection (particularly against mildews and spotted wing drosophila) and he is developing our e-vineyard project. In the summer of 2018, he spent a week at Geisenheim University in Germany, learning about their latest techniques and research.

Corentin Cortiula. ADVICLIM project manager

After four years of study in Geography at the Institut de Géographie Alpine of Grenoble and one year at the University of Edinburgh, Corentin Cortiula started to work for Plumpton College as an intern on the ADVICLIM project as part of his Masters programme. Following his graduation, he joined Plumpton College as ADVICLIM Project Manager.  Corentin is also involved in research into the impact of climate change on English viticulture, analysing data and creating visual representations. During his spare time, he is an active member of the wine society and the blind tasting team at the University of Edinburgh. 

Lucy Walker. Vineyard Apprentice

As an apprentice, Lucy Walker spends one day per week in the college studying on a City and Guilds level 2 Horticulture course, and the rest of her time learning on the job, mainly in the vineyard, but also occasionally in the winery. She also supports and attends practical classes. Lucy is very much enjoying her new career path in the rapidly-growing UK wine industry.

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