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NFU East Sussex

I moved from New Zealand with my wife and three children over 5 years ago to develop Rathfinny Wine Estate, in East Sussex. Taking what was once a 240ha arable farm to what will eventually be one of the UK’s largest vineyards when developments are complete. I grew up in New Zealand on a stud sheep and beef farm and have spent my entire working life in the wine industry in New Zealand, Australia, and now the UK.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my family, and am a keen paddleboarder and surfer and try to spend as much time at the beach as possible. I have a classic Volkswagen camper that is an ongoing restoration, which will be finished and ready for summer- I just don’t know which one.

I would like to thank my wife and family in particular and the team at Rathfinny Wine Estate for their support and backing, and I am incredibly grateful to my sponsor John Robinson and the East Sussex NFU for their generosity in sponsoring my Nuffield Scholarship.