David’s mother was from Dublin and lived there until her early twenties when, like many of her contemporaries, she sailed to Canada to start a new life in what was promoted at the time as a land of opportunity. It was here that she met his father, who had himself emigrated from Liverpool.
Inheriting his parents’ wanderlust, David returned to Europe and lived in Dublin for two and half years until the end of 1982. Here he regularly visited his maternal grandmother who famously refused to accept that the family could have driven over 2,000 miles from Toronto to Vancouver.
It was during his time in Dublin that David was first bitten by the wine bug, did his first wine course and decided to move to London to do the Diploma, which wasn’t then available in Ireland.
The urge to travel is now satisfied by frequent trips to Italy, where he spends 3-4 months of the year as well as visiting Australia, New Zealand and South America on an unceasing quest for new and exciting wines.
Gary’s honeymoon here was his first experience of Ireland and set the tone for the future. In the wine and drinks trade for many years, Gary’s work at Seagram and Pernod Ricard brought him here but it wasn’t until he joined Liberty Wines in 2005 that he started coming back to Dublin regularly.
Gary became chief operating officer in the summer of 2007. He is responsible for all Liberty Wines’ operations, including Finance, Customer Services, Warehouse, Shipping, IT and HR.
Tom was appointed to the role of sales director in February 2017.
Joe started in the wine trade in 1986 with Oddbins in his native Glasgow. He was then involved in the start-up of Novum Wines before moving to Ireland to join Gilbeys in 2006. With parents from Achill and Gweedore, this was more a homecoming than a migration.
In late 2009, Joe set up WinePulse, offering a range of wine services to the trade and consumers, before joining the Liberty Wines team in May 2012. Joe is working alongside Ben and Gerry to grow our on- and off-trade account base.
Joe can be contacted at [email protected]
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Ben has been in Ireland since the mid-nineties and started with Liberty Wines in 2006. Prior to this, Ben’s background was in restaurants, hotels and food & wine retailers both in Europe and Australia.
He continues to support Australia’s world domination of sport even after suffering through recent Ashes series and various World Cups but is quick to switch his sporting allegiance to Ireland whenever he feels necessary. Ben looks after sales to both on- and off-trade customers in Dublin.
Ben can be contacted at [email protected]
Joanne joined Liberty wines in 2014 and comes with 18 years' on-trade sales experience.
Joanne developed a passion for wine and food during her studies at Shannon College of Hotel Management. She started her wine career with Febvre wines in 1996, where she progressed to the role of national on-trade key account manager.
Joanne is delighted to join the Liberty Wines team and will be focusing on growing the on-trade premium sector in Ireland. She enjoys working closely with her customers, who have shown great commitment in continuing to offer wines of interest, quality and value to the wine consumer.
Joanne can be contacted at [email protected]
Gerry has been working in the wine trade for twenty years - in London, Alsace, and back in his native Ireland since 1996. He joined Liberty Wines in January 2008 and looks after sales to both on- and off-trade outside Dublin, as well as some off-trade within Dublin.
As well as having a passion for wine, Gerry also has a keen interest in the world of technology and gadgetry. He looks after the Twitter account for Liberty Wines (@libertyireland), or you can follow his own ramblings on @ggunnigan.
Gerry can be contacted at [email protected]
Marcus trained as a chef in his native Australia and held positions in Victoria and Colorado before moving to Ireland. He has worked in wine sales for the past 12 years and is responsible for the Munster region, particularly in and around Cork city.
Marcus can be contacted at [email protected]