Meet the Team
After graduating with a History degree in Canada, Henry worked
in sports journalism. He decided to change tack and headed back from London to
do a Wine Business degree at Plumpton College which included taking WSET
He crossed paths with Robert on the course and after honing their
wine knowledge, they decided to go into business together. After a lengthy
renovation of a neglected building, Symposium was born.
Henry is a keen traveller and discovering Chateau Musar in
Lebanon was certainly a key moment in awakening his palate. He is a particular
fan of Italian wines with Puglian reds being a current favourite.
From his time across the pond, Henry has developed a keen
interest in American sports, but will happily converse about football and
cricket as well!
Rob always had a passion for wine, and after a 17 year career
in the city he felt that it was time for a new challenge. So with this in mind, Rob
embarked on a degree in Wine Business at Plumpton College. This was an
interesting time for Rob, going back to the classroom, getting used to casual
wear (Rob spent most days in a suit and tie) … Oh, and discovering his wife was
unexpectedly pregnant with their first child … so no pressure to make this wine
hobby a success!
Along with his business partner Henry, Rob built (literally)
and developed Symposium, creating the vision of his daydreams.
Rob is always looking for a new wine to rave about. But
mostly enjoys Italian reds and Pinot Noir from Felton Road.
He has more recently developed a palate for Gin.
moments away from Symposium Rob has 1 wife, 2 children and 5 hungry chickens.
Prior to joining Symposium, Ian spent several years covered in dust, paint, or bits of tree. This may explain his
current delight in dressing up for work, which is why you’ll recognise him by
his trademark tie-and-waistcoat combo.
now thoroughly enjoying life in the wine business, where there are always new things to learn, and new people to welcome. An unabashed fan of big New World reds, he particularly likes Swartland's Idelia and is first in line when the Lytton Springs Zinfandel arrives.
Like Henry, Ian spent 3 happy years studying in Canada. He is now husband to a lovely lady from Canada’s (wine-producing)