Ian Harris

First name(s): Ian
Last/Family name: Harris
Profession: Chief Executive, WSET
At: London

Ian always had the intention of working in education when he left university, although it took him much longer than he envisaged thanks to the attractive lure of the wine and spirits industry.

A posting to Bordeaux in the final year of his languages degree serendipitously introduced Ian to the wine trade where he spent 10 years before joining Seagram, working firstly as Brand Manager for Martell cognac and later as Marketing Director and Commercial Director.

With his extensive knowledge of wine and spirits he was well-placed to accept the role of Chief Executive of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, which he has led over the last 13 years to become a global force in wine and spirits education. While he never made it as a language teacher Ian has certainly realised his initial ambition, having arguably much more fun along the way.