Governors & Patrons

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DOMINIC THOMAS-JAMES

Governor

Dominic read Law at King's College London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and went on to complete an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where his work focussed on transnational economic misconduct in the Carribean. He is a Bordeaux enthusiast, having travelled the region extensively and tasted wine in the company of Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux and Bernard de Laage de Meux of Château Palmer.

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WILLIAM COOPER

Governor

William read Law at King's College London. Before coming to King's he completed a degree in Economics at Queen's University in Canada. He went on to train as a solicitor at the University of Law in London before returning to his native Bermuda to join an international commercial law firm. William is a long-standing wine enthusiast who has extensive knowledge of Champagne and White Burgundy, while also being a lover of Chilean wine.

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BENEDICT SHARROCK

Governor

Benedict read Law at King's College London. From there he went on to train as a solicitor at the University of Law, also in London, obtaining an LLM. Benedict entered the Society as a relative novice during his undergraduate years – eager to learn more about the wonderful world of wine – but much has changed since and he is an avid oenophile. Today Benedict works at an international law firm in London.

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ALEXANDER ISAAC

Patron

Alexander was an instrumental figure in the development of the Fine Wine Society. An architectural designer by trade, Alexander specialises in super-yacht projects and was recognised at the 2011 International Yacht Awards held at the Savoy. A partner in the yacht design studio Lila-Lou London, in 2012 Alexander established AIDA (Alexander Isaac Design Associates) which focusses on land-based commercial and residential luxury projects. He has since worked on a new coastal restaurant off the South Wales coast. Alexander is a passionate wine enthusiast and was a key figure in securing relationships between the Society and the wine world in its early years. 

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JACK BOWYER

Patron

Jack is an entrepreneur with a background in the brewing industry. He is a successful restaurateur and pub owner with establishments in Surrey and Hampshire. Jack also executively produces and finances feature films. He was an avid supporter of the Fine Wine Society in its early years, and his favourite wines include Bordeaux and Rioja. 

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ADAM DOYLE

Patron

Adam Doyle graduated from King's College London with LLB and LLM degrees (2000–2006). He was visiting lecturer to the School of Law at King's (2006–2015) while also taking up a lectureship at BPP University in Birmingham. From 2017 Adam served as Head of Law and Criminology at the University of East London, where he has since moved again into a directorial role. 

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JAMES EDWARD LAWRENCE

Associate

James is a self-confessed 'wine-obsessive', passionate about discovering and promoting the lesser known wines and wine regions of the world. After completing a degree in Law at the University of East Anglia, James followed his passion for writing and love for wine by becoming a wine journalist and critic. He is a frequent contributor to Decanter, Harpers Wine and Spirits, The Drinks Business and lifestyle magazine QS. In 2004 James studied at Bilbao, Northern Spain, where he was able to further his interest in Spanish wine. James has also founded The Wine Remedy, an online forum which aims to make wine accessible to all: the fellow wine enthusiast, the novice, indeed anyone who is curious to learn more about the wonderful world of wine. 

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ROMANE BASSET

Associate

Romané is in his third year reading French with English at King's. The son of world-renowned Sommelier Gerard Basset OBE, Romané has been immersed in the world of wine almost since birth, attending trips to wine regions including Chile, Bordeaux, Champagne, Alsace, Veneto, Sherry and Madeira. In the past year or two he has really begun to develop his passion and knowledge in wine, passing, with distinction, his WSET level 2 exam. Romané's favourite wines are dry Sherries, in particular the Palo Cortado style, and sweet Madeira made from the Malmsey grape. 

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MARTIN SEIFFARTH

Associate

Martin read History at King's College London. Hailing from Milan, he has always been partial to the joys of good wine, and is especially keen on wines from Northern Italy, and from his native Lombardy in particular. Martin today works at the House of Commons but remains an active patron of various societies and organisations associated with the College. 

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