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 - Landscape and Environment Officer

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.

Our Vineyard Team

David Andrews joined Rathfinny in 2012 with six years experience of working in English vineyards. He was shortly joined by Felix Hopkins, who has a background in tree hugging and Ian Bray who graduated from Plumpton college in 2012 with a distinction in his Wine Production degree course. Standing in front of them are Will Steedman who is currently completing his degree at Plumpton and Rick Burrows who spent many years as trawler fisherman in the UK and New Zealand before he put down roots working in vineyards in New Zealand and has now returned with his wife to the UK.

Photo (left to right): Will Steedman, David Andrews, Rick Burrows, Felix Hopkins, Ian Bray.