Waitrose wine, beer & spirits buying team
At Waitrose, we have more Masters of Wine than any other supermarket. All our wines go through a rigorous quality control and tasting process with the Masters of Wine and the rest of the wine buying team. We also have a further 220 wine specialists to advise you in branch.
Pierpaolo Petrassi - MW, Head of Buying
Pierpaolo Petrassi MW joined Waitrose in 2010, having spent his entire career in the drinks industry and retail. His speciality is the wines of Italy from where he originates.
He says that the most exciting thing about his role is having an overview of so many amazing ranges; 'Waitrose has world class examples in every single area and something for every customer's budget.'
Nick Room - Wine Buyer
Nick Room is celebrating 25 years in wine buying. His specialist areas are South America, Spain and Portugal.
He also sources our award-winning sherries, including Waitrose Solera Jerezana Fino; fortified; Rosé and sweet wines.
In recognition of his contribution to the Spanish wine trade, Nick is the current chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.
Ken Mackay - MW, Champagne and Sparkling Wine Buyer
Ken Mackay MW has worked in the wine business since graduating from Oxford in 1999.
He became one of the youngest ever Masters of Wine in 2006, winning several scholarships in the process and joined the Waitrose buying team in 2008. He currently has responsibility for buying Champagne and sparkling wine.
Herchelle Perez Terrado - Spirits Buyer
Herchelle Perez Terrado has been Spirits Buyer at Waitrose since 2010. With almost a decade in the buying industry working for some of the UK’s most respected British retailers, she joined Waitrose to pursue her passion for Spirits and is now a judge for the Spirits Business.
Herchelle has a number of accolades under her belt winning numerous awards for Waitrose own label development.
Becky Hull - MW, Wine Buyer
Becky Hull MW joined Waitrose in September 2005. She achieved the rare double of winning the Vintners’ Cup for the highest mark of the year in the WSET Diploma, and then scooped the Tim Derouet Award for exceptional performance in the Master of Wine exams, which she passed in 1997.
Becky oversees our award-winning range of local English and Welsh wines as well as working with our Wine Buyers, suppliers and Wine Specialists in branches.
Norman Freeman- Buying manager Beers and Spirits
Norman Freeman joined Waitrose in 1983 and has been buying since 1989. This is his second tour within BWS and as Buying Manager he oversees spirits, beers and ciders. He is very much enjoying his second stint within this award-winning and exciting product area.
James Bone - Wine Buyer
James Bone joined Waitrose 11 years ago and has been in Buying for the last 9. He has worked in a number of product areas and joined the Wines Team as a Buying Manager in December 2012. He is thrilled to be involved in such an interesting and integral area.
Cat Lomax - Wine Buyer
Cat Lomax joined Waitrose in 2013. Named 'Young Achiever of the Year’ in 2011 by the Drinks Business, Cat is about to start studying for the Master of Wine qualification. Her specialist areas are Bordeaux, Rhône, Alsace, Germany, Austria and the USA.
Maria Elener - Wine Buyer
Maria Elener is the newest member of the Waitrose buying team. Her career in wine started at Majestic Wine in 1995, since then she has worked in various roles within the trade, the last 9 years as a buyer at The Co-operative. She is responsible for purchasing wines from the Loire, Italy, South Africa and exciting ranges from the rest of the world.
Kate Prall - Beer and Cider Buyer
Kate Prall joined Waitrose in 2006 as Promotions Manager for Beers, Wines and Spirits. She has spent the last few years in various buying roles for Waitrose, before returning to the team this year as Beer and Cider Buyer, where she hopes to further build on our excellent range of ales and specialist world beers.