Meet the team
With a collective experience of over 100 years!
Founder at VinAccessGlobal
Alison has lived and worked in Singapore since 2002. She originally came to establish a network of importers for what is now Henkell-Freixenet, and since 2021 has been managing her own business connecting small to medium sized wine producers from all over the world with the right partners in Asia Pacific.
Alison studied languages at university before starting work in the retail sector of the wine trade in London. After completing the WSET Diploma with honours she became the first ever female sales representative in the Waverley Vintners team, before transferring to the fine wine merchant, Christopher & Co. After this role she spent several years as Sales Director of Geoffrey Roberts Agencies in London before moving to Melbourne as Trade Marketing Manager at Domaine Chandon and subsequently GM Sales and Marketing at Wingara Wine Group.
VinAccessGlobal Associate – New Zealand
Clive joined Saccone & Speed, a prominent UK wine shipper in 1973, following vintage work at Chateau Cantenac Brown, Margaux. After five years in wine production and five years in sales, he joined specialist New World wine importer Geoffrey Roberts Associates as UK Sales Director.
He entered the New Zealand Wine Trade in 1988, as country manager for the Hill-Smith family and ran Negociants New Zealand, a national importer & distribution business. He also headed up the prestigious Nautilus Estate of Marlborough winery, which exports to forty countries. “Graduating” from Negociants New Zealand in May 2021, Clive now works freelance as a wine consultant to New Zealand wineries and to overseas producers wishing to market wines in New Zealand, notably via VinAccessGlobal. He is also a published wine and food writer and co-founder, with his wife, in a flourishing nutrition enterprise.
Mike Ritchie MW
VinAccessGlobal Associate – London
Mike was born in London but lived in Paris in his teenage years. He is married with 2 daughters. His working life started with Saccone & Speed as a graduate trainee and he has since gained a diverse wealth of experience during over 40 years in the wine business, including seven years during the early stages of London City Bond, even selling wine on the Shopping Channel alongside Ken Hom and co-hosting a local Cable TV wine show! In 2002, Mike passed his MW and was awarded the commercial and business-related Errazuriz prize. Since 2013, he has worked in a sales role for Freixenet Copestick, the UK division of the German sekt producer Henkell Freixenet.
Most recently, he has added his experience to the sales team at Jascots. He has judged on many wine competitions over the years. His desert island wine would be Schloss Johannisberg’s Silberlack Riesling Trocken, or Aresti’s Trisquel Series Altitude Merlot. He’s happy in the kitchen, rambling for fun or surfing at Polzeath.
VinAccessGlobal Associate – South East Asia
Based in South East Asia since 2013, Eduard has had hands-on experience in the wine industry in various sectors: from importing and distributing wine & spirits within the HORECA and Retail channels, to representing and introducing new products to importers in different markets within the Asia Pacific region.
Eduard joined VinAccessGlobal in mid-2022, tasked with developing key South East Asian markets for our partners by expanding the customer base within each market. The diversity of wine styles across the world’s wine regions is Eduard’s passion and his reason for taking this role is to better understand and showcase the myriad of wine products available in the VinAccessGlobal portfolio.
Eduard enjoys hosting wine events and social gatherings. “Sharing happiness in a bottle” is his motto. Don’t hesitate to contact him to share some vino and see how can VinAccessGlobal help your business today.
VinAccessGlobal Associate – Singapore
After living in Los Angeles for 9 years, Sueann returned to Singapore in 1997 to start Straits Cellars, a company representing and distributing boutique California wine, with her family.
In 2018 she took on a new challenge, building and managing a retail/restaurant outlet; subsequently she took on management of a private wine club housed within a colonial property for a five year period. With enhanced knowledge and valuable operational experience, Sueann recently returned to the core business of wine distribution, sales and marketing, joining VinAccessGlobal with responsibility for the Singapore market.