“You are definitely in the category of people with whom it is a pleasure to do business with!”

- Sophie

The Team

Andrew Gordon  

Andrew Gordon, Managing Director

T:  01353 721 999
M: 07795 973 371
E:  andrew@privatecellar.co.uk
Andrew began his wine career in a small wine bar in the City of London. Loving the subject but hating the hours he then tried his hand in the retail wine trade at Peter Dominic before joining West End wholesaler Morgan Furze. In 1986 he was asked to join City wine merchant Corney & Barrow where he thrived and soon became sales director. After almost 19 years he left to found his own wine merchant Private Cellar. Andrew travels extensively, has customers scattered around the world and nothing gives him more pleasure than talking about and selling wine.

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW  

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, Director of Buying

T:  01353 721 999
M: 07889 598 577
E:  nicola@privatecellar.co.uk
Nicola started her wine trade career at Majestic Wine Warehouses in 1987. Moving to Corney & Barrow in 1988, she rose through the company helping to set up the broking department before becoming the company’s wine buyer, tasting and buying some of the greatest wines in the world. She passed the prestigious Master of Wine exam in 1996, collecting the Villa Maria Viticulture Award along the way for her viticulture paper and has held the responsibility of chairing one of the notorious MW exam theory papers. Fluent in French and Italian, Nicola travels extensively to visit suppliers and is as comfortable in the New World as the Old World.

Laura Taylor  

Laura Taylor, Director

T:  01353 977 997
M: 07702 905 137
E:  laura@privatecellar.co.uk
After studying languages and information systems at university in Bristol, Laura headed for Buenos Aires where, whilst working for Bodegas Trapiche, she had her first introduction to marketing in the wine trade. On returning to England she joined Avery’s of Bristol before meeting Andrew and Nicola and moving to Corney & Barrow in 1997 where she worked for seven years, latterly as Marketing Manager. Laura divides her time between marketing, press relations, developing our website, looking after her customers and managing our customers’ reserves.

James Naylor  

James Naylor, Director

T:  01353 721 993
M: 07920 096 707
E:  james@privatecellar.co.uk
James began his career in the wine trade in 1984 working for Lay & Wheeler. He moved to London to gain experience working with the on-trade for Bacchus before spending a year travelling and visiting some of the great vineyards of the world. On his return, he worked for Harvey Nichols and then spent 12 years at Corney & Barrow as a wine broker. In 2005 he joined his erstwhile colleagues at the newly formed Private Cellar where he manages our fine wine list.

Amanda Skinner  

Amanda Skinner, Director

T:  01353 721 608
M: 07920 080 042
E:  amanda@privatecellar.co.uk
Amanda decided that wine was going to become her profession in the vineyards of Champagne working as the “jeune fille" at Moët’s Château de Saran. Returning to London, John Armit asked her to join his business, in 1987 where she worked in a series of roles, ending up as Managing Director. A family move to East Anglia in 2005 saw her take up the post of COO at Lay & Wheeler and, in January 2008, she joined Private Cellar. Amanda focuses on developing new business, looking after her customers and supplier contacts worldwide.


David McLaren, Non-Executive Director

David specialised in military history and war studies at University before going on as a post-graduate to the Courtauld for History of Art and Architecture. Originally a BBC journalist, most of David’s career has been devoted to management of leading advertising and PR agencies interspersed with roles as a global marketing director and advisor to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Most recently he was the CEO of the UK’s leading private sector cancer clinic. He has been a trustee, director or committee member of many charitable organisations including the National Trust, Maggies Centres, the Oxford Literary Festival and as Chairman of the Global Foundation to Eliminate Domestic Violence. His love of wine dates back to an epiphany at a university wine society meeting. A Sauternes fanatic.


Camilla Shepherd

T:  01353 721 999
M: 07919 095 799
E:  camilla@privatecellar.co.uk
Camilla’s passion for wine was inherited from her father who over the years has built up an extensive cellar. Having spent the last fifteen years three day eventing internationally, she decided to turn her passion for wine into reality and has recently passed her WSET level 3 with distinction. Camilla has lived in the Newmarket area for over twenty years and joins the Private Cellar team to help develop their business locally.


Charlie Stanley-Evans

T:  01353 977 995
M: 07949 088 292
E:  charlie@privatecellar.co.uk
The wine trade was not Charlie’s chosen career path, but twenty-six years on from his first bottle sold he is still loving it. Always involved in selling, Charlie started at Oddbins, and jobs at Justerini & Brooks and Harvey Nichols followed. Six years at Lea & Sandeman from 1993 and then a year in Africa, bringing in the new millennium on the shore of Lake Malawi. Next a move to Gloucestershire and the beginning of sixteen years with Haynes Hanson & Clark, the last five years as sales director. Charlie is thrilled to join the Private Cellar team, where he will continue to share his passion for wine.
Jessica Wilding  

Jessica Wilding

T:  01353 721 602
E:  jessica@privatecellar.co.uk
Joining the Private Cellar team in the summer of 2006, Jessica had started her career with Barclays Bank, giving her the perfect training and experience to deal with Private Cellar’s financial administration. Based at our Wicken office, Jess is also responsible for our logistics, shipping wines direct from our suppliers, day to day liaison with the warehouse and delivery arrangements to our customers.

Angela Watson  

Angela Watson

T:  01353 721 909
E:  ang@privatecellar.co.uk
Ang joined the Private Cellar team to take care of our overseas shipping and administration but inevitably her role extends much further than that and she is often to be found buried in a pile of samples, visiting the warehouse and helping us at our Private Cellar tastings. From nearby Ely, Ang is based at our Wicken office.


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