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Nigel Melican

Nigel has 40 years' experience in tea planting, growing and processing during his career with Unilever. Since 1990, he runs his own businesses, providing technical consultancy and specialist tea equipment to companies, and e-tailing specialty loose tea.
In the last decade, Nigel has moved towards assisting small and aspiring high-value speciality tea grower start-ups in non-traditional specialty tea countries in Europe and the USA. He is a founder, shareholder and advisor to the Hawaii Tea Cooperative; co-founder of the US League of Tea Growers, Advisor to the American Specialty Tea Alliance, Centenary Chair of Tea Quality and Manufacture at Tocklai Tea Research Institute (Assam), and 2018 recipient of World Tea Expo's John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jane Pettigrew

ETS was Jane's idea a number of years ago, but a discussion with Bernadine and Jennifer Wood saw this idea begin to be a reality. Jane is our patron and supports the team as much as time will allow, with technical information within the tea world. She is the UK Tea Academy Course Director and tutor.

Jane has worked in the tea industry for over 30 years. She teaches tea masterclasses all over the world and has written 16 books on tea. In 2014 she was voted Best Tea Educator at the World Tea Awards and in January 2016 was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Tea Production and Tea History in the UK's New Year Honours list.

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Bernadine Tay

Bernadine is a visionary who specialises in business strategy. She is the founder of award winning fine loose leaf tea brand, Quinteassential and a tea consultant to many brands, hotels and restaurants, helping them to use tea in more innovative and financially lucrative ways. She is also a biomedical scientist with a degree from King's College, London, and is passionate about the scientific and nutritional aspects of tea. Bernadine currently also works with NowFoods, the a centre for food innovation at the University of Chester, helping food businesses create innovative food products. She was appointed global tea curator for Wedgwood, and guides the global tea strategy and curates the tea range for the British heritage brand.

 
 
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Marzi Pecen

An evangelist for tea, Marzi stays up to date on research and trends, whilst always keeping an eye out for accomplices in her adventures.† For years she never really gave much thought to tea, then, as her tastes broadened so did her desire for knowledge about tea. In her travels Marzi discovered that every culture had a ritual or specific tradition involving tea, this discovery turned Marzi into a virtual sponge for tea knowledge.

Marzi made her way through every respected tea education program she could find and through them earned a bundle of professional certificates in the art and science of tea. Then, Marzi felt it was time to share the amazing tea knowledge she had with others. She began teaching for the Specialty Tea Institute and then quickly branched out to creating custom programs on a broad range of subjects, all embracing tea. As an independent consultant she provides unbiased options and work with a wide variety of companies to create a custom tailored for her clients.

 
 
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Christos Gkosdis

Christos is an experienced global supply chain strategist for FMCG giants Unilever and PZ Cuzzons, who is as passionate about tea as supply chain and operations. He has 17 yearsí experience in the field and has ran the operations for award winning tea company Quinteassential. With knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of tea, Christos is skilled in optimising supply chains.

 
 
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Victoria Cleeves

Victoria's project management experience includes 12 years with global strategic planning, insight and innovation consultancy. The Futures Company (WPP Kantar group). She was responsible for recruitment and logistics on UK and global qualitative research projects across a wide range of sectors including FMCG, financial services, healthcare, technology, government agencies and charities. Victoria's passion for tea was ignited after completing the UK Tea Academy's inaugural foundation course. She has a special interest in Japanese tea.

 

 
 
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Mai Segawa

As a Special Events Director based in Washington, D.C, Mai specializes in large scale fundraising events, VIP sake and tea tastings, film screenings, book parties, and private receptions with high-level officials including the White House Correspondents Dinner Pre-Party at Fiola Mare. She is an Oxford graduate with a Master's degree in Migration Studies who discovered the joy of studying the taste, history, and rituals of tea and sake throughout the world through an anthropological lense. As a certified Advanced Sake Sommelier trained in Japan by the London Sake Sommelier Association, she leads Special Tastings for the Princeton Club of New York City and the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Washington.

 

 
 
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Karen Colclough

With over 20 years of management experience in a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories company (Wedgwood Brand, now owned by Fiskars), Karen has worked for the last 10 years in the area of food and beverage (tea, preserves, and biscuits), working across global markets. Recently, working to implement the Wedgwood Tea Room (now Tea Conservatory) at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.


A successful Project Manager with expertise in project life cycles, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, delivering business value through strategic decisions and developing projects. Working in areas of Quality, Project Management and Development Management, delivering key projects globally, on time and on budget.