Meet the team

We are a close-knit gang of very different but equally committed individuals, who share the same passion for wine and the same relentless work ethics.

Coming from different countries and walks of life, our paths have crossed at Wanderlust Wine and we wake up every day feeling privileged to work with each other and our amazing producers.

Richard Ellison

Founder & Managing Director

Richard was first a chef and then graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Food & Wine Technology. Unable to find where to go with the qualification he ended up in corporate banking. After 10 years he was looking for the next thing and enrolled in wine school. Initially meant as an extension of his personal interests and hobbies, he progressed through the WSET levels with a distinction and realised he was pretty good at the ‘wine thing’ and that this could be the application of his degree and love of all things sensory. Being an avid traveller, the concept of Wanderlust Wine was thus born: to import wines from small producers that Richard had discovered on his travels and sell them here in the UK.

Armed with a business plan and a handful of golden intial winemakers Richard rolled up his sleeves, sourcing a warehouse and talking to sommeliers about the concept. Five years on, Wanderlust Wine is proud to be working with a much larger portfolio of smaller producers making sustainable wine with a unique sense of time & place.

Ben Mudditt

SW Trade Sales

Ben grew up in Devon, spent years in Bristol and now lives in Cornwall. Not a big fan of school, Ben fell into the hospitality industry at sixteen, gaining experience in the SW and Europe’s top restaurants. Along this journey he discovered his love for wine, enrolled on his studies, passed his WSET Diploma with Merit and the rest is history.
When not touting great wines to the SW’s best restaurants he’s normally found surfing the beaches of Newquay.

Ines Salpico

Wine Club Director & Marketing

Ines spent her childhood happily chasing her Grandfather around a vineyard in Portugal. She went on to graduate and Architure and started her professional life as a Project Manager. After moving to London six years ago she decided to focus on her passion: wine. Ines has worked as a sommelier in some of London’s top venues, and now writes, consults and judges professionally for prestigious wine publications.

Tom Bertin

London & Home Counties Trade Sales

Tom started his wine career with Majestic Wine on their graduate training scheme (including WSET Level 3) to eventually run some of London’s biggest stores. After six years  he decided to jump at the challenge of learning more about the wider industry and building a sales presence for Wanderlust Wine in the on-trade sector.

Lara Buckle

PR Director

Lara has worked in PR for 15 years, launching and managing PR strategies for some of the world’s most iconic consumer brands, and has a proven track record launching startup businesses to success. She has masterminded the PR for Wanderlust Wine for four years now, driving brand awareness and product placement across top tier media.

Joseph Illes

Financial Director

Joe was a rising star at Essex-based accountancy firm Thickbroom Coventry having quickly risen to partner in just a few years and then to managing partner another five years on. Joe has helped many clients of different sizes with financial and strategic advice, empowering growth and successful exit sales.