Raised on the beautiful west coast of Scotland in Rhu, Iain started his career in wine in the late 1980s, as ‘gofer’ to wine merchant Tony Laithwaite. After living in South Africa he became Fine Wine manager for the largest trade suppliers in the UK and ended up a few years late as Buying Director. He was appointed General Manager of Le Chai au Quai in 2013.
Sales and Marketing
A passionate Aussie who's worked his way through many different areas of the wine industry to come to this point. He originally started with the company thanks to his neighbour putting in a good word, which has now seen Alex work across the company in England, France and Australia since joining us in 2012.
Having grown up on her grandfather’s estate near Saint-Émilion and helped with her first harvest before she’d even started school, Agnès has a complete understanding of the business of wine. Along with keen problem solving and multitasking skills, Agnès brings creative flair, a keen eye for detail and an invaluable sense of humour to her pivotal role as Production Manager.
Le Chai Finance
Finance and Administration Manager
Rigorous, disciplined and focused, Magali will always keep a beady eye on the bottom line but will never allow the figures to crush the creative. She brings a very human touch to the balance sheets and a much-valued support to the Chai’s daily business.
Hard working and focused, Fabienne manages the accounts like no other. Growing up locally, she has always been involved in the wine business, from picking the grapes to selling the wine, she knows it all. Always smiling and happy to help, Fabienne is a key member of the team.
A long-serving member of the French team, Brigitte has for many years ensured the warmest of welcomes to visiting staff and now to all those who visit the shop at the Chai. She is a wonder with the locals, an artist at heart, can turn her hand to almost anything and is an ever-smiling presence at the Chai.
Simon is a native from the region, born and bred just down the road. Despite only joining the team while at university, he has been working in vineyards or in cellars for a number of years during his holidays. Wine has become a real passion for him to the point that he has chosen to study Wine Trading at university. Simon has brought a great level of motivation and determination to the role. As a drummer - he has rhythm in his soul - the constant tapping of his feet and hands can be quite annoying!