Mark Driver, owner

From February 2001 until December 2009, Mark was a founding partner of the hedge fund management group Horseman Capital Management where, together with John Horseman, he managed the Horseman Global Fund.

Prior to Horseman, Mark had more than eleven years experience covering the Asian markets. He set up and managed the Asian Equity desk in London for Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette. He has also worked in a specialist sales capacity in Hong Kong and London, covering the Asian markets for Société Générale (Crosby) and Merrill Lynch. He began his career at Fidelity Investment Management in 1985.

Mark and his wife Sarah have four children. His passion for wine developed when visiting New Zealand in 1990.
Ever since it has been his dream to start up and run his
own vineyard.

Sarah Driver, owner

Sarah was brought up in Hong Kong on a tea plantation, where she still has a family home. She trained as a solicitor working in the City and in Hong Kong before changing direction to work as a lecturer for the Open University and as a Commercial Mediator while her four children were young.

She now divides her time between the 'detail' at Rathfinny and in running the Driver Youth Trust, which has a special interest in literacy. Currently she is working with Ark Academies in devising a programme, 'Drive for Literacy', aimed at improving the school experience for those with dyslexia, with the intention of this becoming a national benchmark.

She has completed her MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University having written one book, Chinese Whispers (awaiting publication) and is working on her second.

Cameron Roucher, Vineyard Manager

Cameron Roucher, Rathfinny's viticulturist, grew up in Manawatu, New Zealand and studied viticulture and winemaking at the Eastern Institute of Technology at Taradale. He then spent eight years at Morton Estate in Hawkes Bay, gaining experience in vineyard, nursery, winery and cellaring operations.

Following a period with Casella Wines in Australia, Cameron returned to Hawkes Bay to join the Dolbel Estate team and also manage the super–premium Two Gates Vineyard.

In June 2008 Cameron was named the Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year and runner-up in the national competition. He brings experience, knowledge and essential management skills in the area of vineyard management and production to Rathfinny.

Jonathan Médard, Winemaker

Hailing from Epernay in the heart of Champagne, Rathfinny's winemaker Jonathan Médard brings a wealth of international experience to Rathfinny Estate.

On receiving a degree in biochemistry and a master's in Oenology (Université de Reims), he trained in the wineries of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Champagne Louis Roederer, Moët & Chandon and Champagne Boizel prior to honing his expertise in California and Virginia at Newton Vineyard and Kluge Estate respectively.

An alumnus of the University of California at Davis' Wine Executive program and fluent in three languages, Jonathan was most recently Vice President of Winemaking for up and coming Central Coast California winery, Conway Family Wines. He is excited to return to his sparkling roots
with Rathfinny.

Jamie Everett - Chief Operating Officer

Our Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Everett, grew up on a farm in Surrey and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London, working with a number of their drinks related clients such as Threshers and E&J Gallo wines. He transferred to Deloitte's Adelaide wine industry group, working with most of the major Australian wine producers including Pernod Ricard (Jacob's Creek) and Australian Vintage (McGuigan & Nepenthe), as well as being involved with super-premium wineries such as Torbreck and Barossa Valley Estate.

Since returning to the UK, Jamie has held a number of UK and international financial roles within the drinks industry at Beam Global Spirits & Wine and more recently at Magners Cider. Jamie was the author of the Australian annual winery financial benchmarking survey as well as producing material and financial tools for the Australia wine industry’s strategic plan "Directions to 2025". He brings international business experience on the running of vineyards, wineries and drink sales to Rathfinny.

Richard James - Environment and Operations Manager

Richard joins Rathfinny with 15 years of experience of working across the South Downs in conservation and land management. The majority of this time was spent with the South Downs National Park Authority and its predecessor organisations. His wide ecological knowledge encompasses all aspects of lowland management. He has particular interest in farmland birds, hymenoptera and, of course, wine.

Before commencing his MSc in Environmental Management he worked at the Wine Society, which prompted his passion for wine, both intellectual and practical. This led him to undertake ongoing independent study of all things wine in his spare time and resulted in him obtaining a range of WSET qualifications.

An enthusiastic outdoorsman, he can often be found on the Downs in his spare time, usually on two wheels as he is a keen amateur cyclist. He is very proud to be joining the team at Rathfinny as it will allow him to combine two of his greatest passions - conservation and wine.

Georgia Mallinson - Events and Hospitality Manager, PA to Sarah and Mark Driver

Growing up in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire Georgia feels very much at home in the rolling hills of the South Downs.

She started her career as a graduate trainee at Marks and Spencer head office in Baker Street, London. After 14 years in textile buying, sourcing, strategy and people development she took a career break to look after a young family. Following a three-year stint living in Istanbul, where she undertook a teaching assistant role in preschool at Istanbul International Community School, Georgia returned to the UK with a desire for new challenges.

Rathfinny is fulfilling those challenges. Combining her skills in strategy, management and organisation she is currently establishing the events and hospitality offer at Rathfinny and attempting to ensure that Sarah and Mark are in the right place at the right time!

Adrian Lamb - Flint Barn Manager

Adrian was born and brought up on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Haslemere, Surrey. Having been in hospitality all of his working life and thoroughly enjoy it, even more so now he is here at Rathfinny.

He is a fully qualified chef and studied for his City & Guilds qualifications at Guildford Technical College many moons ago, during that period he was working for an Italian company called Olivetti at their training centre in Haslemere and after leaving he went to travel around Australia for a year. He has travelled to many countries and his favourite one is Dominican Republic which is said to be a totally beautiful Island with lovely people and wicked rum. His last employer was a charity called YHA who provide accommodation all around England and Wales in some truly breathe taking place.

His dog (Parsons Jack Russell) called Spike is thoroughly enjoying life in and around this fantastic location.

Our Vineyard Team

Photo, left to right:

Felix Hopkins, the youngest member of our team but one of the old guard, Felix joined us in the middle of 2012.

Ian Bray also joined in the summer of 2012, while studying at Plumpton College, upon completion of his degree he joined us full time.

David Andrews, the original vineyard team member joined in April 2012, after having spent the previous six years working in English vineyards.

Rick Burrows joined the team in early 2013 after much experience in vineyards in both New Zealand and England.

Will Steedman who joined us in April 2013, whilst also studying at Plumpton, is finally a full time member of staff. However he will shortly be leaving the vineyard to go to the dark side (winemaking).

Mark Lavender came on as a part time team member during the early part of 2013, having a massive change from working as a chef for many years; he is now full time and learning the ropes fast.

The Gun Room Team

With a background in the Arts and Education, Alison Cowley joined Rathfinny on the opening of the Gunroom in November 2014.

Local girl Kristina Whitney has interrrupted her studies in Geography and was inspired to join Rathfinny because of its location and innovative approach to the landscape.