MEET THE TEAM

Our small team at Henners are involved in every stage of production


COLLETTE O'LEARY

Head Winemaker

After several years working for PR agencies in London, Collette had a career change in 2010 and embarked on a life in winemaking, graduating from Plumpton College in 2014. 

Her winemaking experiences took her from California to South Africa, before joining the Henners team in early 2019. Collette oversees the day to day running of the Estate and all aspects of wine production at Henners.

WILL ROBINSON

Vineyard Manager

Will grew up in Suffolk and studied Horticulture before working at a vineyard in his home county and falling in love with viticulture. 

Following his passion for the winemaking, he started at Plumpton College in 2017, studying the BSc viticulture and oenology before graduating in summer 2020. Will has worked harvests in England and at Flowers Winery in California and joined the Henners team ahead of the 2020 harvest.

REBECCA APLEY

Cellar Door

Rebecca has come on board to open our brand new Cellar Door.

Before moving down to Sussex, she was a hospitality consultant and wine educator in Yorkshire.

With experience opening new venues, running events, and giving tastings, she plans to bring some real sparkle to our tours and tastings here.

SAM WILLIAMS

Assistant Winemaker

Sam joined Henners after coming top of her class at Plumpton in Viticulture and Oenology BSc. She has a wealth of experience in wine, with vintages abroad as well as at home.

Sam is a keen traveler, with 9 years abroad and 4 continents under her belt. When she's in the UK, if she's not in the winery, she'll be playing hockey or cricket.

TOM WHITELEY

Commercial Product Manager

Based in the North West, Tom splits his time between Manchester and our home in Herstmonceux. Having worked for in the drinks industry during his early career, Tom moved on to spend five years working for Kellogg’s in the commercial strategy team, before swapping Corn Flakes for cuvées.

Tom is responsible for the Commercial Operations of bringing Henners Wines to your glasses.