My biggest strength is my self-assurance and if I’m honest, I’m not that great at handling early morning starts.
I was born and raised in South West London and attended some very good schools in Surrey and Middlesex, thanks to my parents.
The majority of my formative years were spent on the sports field playing football, rugby, golf, cricket, tennis and when I wasn’t playing, I was going to watch. Unfortunately, due to family reasons I was bestowed into the West Ham fraternity from a tender age which has been a delightfully depressing, yet strangely addictive past-time over the last 20 years.
The perpetrator of this crime, my Dad, was also responsible for my interest in wine. When I was eleven years old he took me on my first trip down to the Cote d’Or where we tasted, met the winemakers and loaded a van full of top wines from producers such as Dujac, Leroy and Jean Chauvenet. These trips turned into regular occurrences, which was a great way to show-off at school but more importantly it was where my wine education began.
After achieving 10 GCSE’s, playing in the ISFA final at the Walker’s stadium in 2005 and taking far too many A-levels, I decided to continue my education by accepting a place to read History at the University of Nottingham.
I graduated from University in 2009 during the recession when jobs especially for graduates were hard to come by. So I decided to explore my entrepreneurial spirit and became business partners with my older brother. Together we took Cult Wines Ltd to the next level and opened our first offices in October 2009.
Since then, my father has joined the company and we have established Cult Wines as one of the leading fine wine investment companies in the UK, with over £10,000,000 of funds under management. Our company has extended globally with clients in over 27 different countries and all this has been achieved in the last two and half years.
As I am sure you will be aware, I took time away from Cult Wines in order to participate in Season 8 of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ battling against 15 other candidates for the opportunity to win a £250,000 investment from Lord Alan Sugar. It was an incredible experience and a fantastic opportunity that helped me learn a lot about myself and about business. It also gave me a platform to showcase my business acumen and open doors that previously would have been closed. I never had a game plan for going through the process except wanting to give a good account of myself and hopefully impressing Lord Sugar.
Amongst my other interests are fashion (hence the plethora of suits, tie clips and pocket squares), music (so I co-founded Apogee Presents in Jan 2012), fine dining (why I was at loggerheads with Adam over the meatballs) and travelling (I didn't take a gap year).
I would also just like to thank everyone for all their support and messages during the Apprentice, it has been absolutely fantastic and I hope I didn’t let any of you down.