Meet the team

We’d like to introduce the expert team who make up our UK-leading vineyard management company. Their combination of skills, experience, passion and enthusiasm has helped us become the thriving and respected business we are today.

James Dodson – Director

James has always loved digging deeper. It inspired his first career in archaeology and later, while following his passion for great wines, it also inspired a wish to be part of the winemaking industry. While studying for his BSc (Hons) in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, he worked for various vineyards, and recognised a growing demand for viticultural services to the ever-expanding English wine industry. With the help of a fellow student, he founded Vine-Works in 2006. Four years later, with the business booming, he went into partnership with D’Arcy Gander to form Vine-Works Ltd. These days, rather than digging deeper, James loves flying high and is often to be found paragliding over the Sussex landscape. It is, he says, the perfect way to scope out potential sites!

D’Arcy Gander – Director

D’Arcy’s love of great English wines began while he was running a pub group in the south east. He loved seeing the positive reactions from customers almost as much as enjoying the wines himself. When his son Lydon was born, he decided it was time for a change of career. After graduating, he worked with Nyetimber Vineyards, helping to establish large areas of planting in West Sussex. Like James, he spotted the ever-increasing need for specialist industry support services, and created his own company, Vineyard Care, establishing vineyards in Sussex and Surrey, before co-founding Vine-Works Ltd in 2010. Unlike James, however, D’Arcy prefers keeping his feet on the ground, walking his dogs (and son) over the West Sussex downs.

Chris Buckley – Vineyard Establishment Manager

Chris is your first port of call when deciding whether to plant a vineyard. He is responsible for assessing prospective vineyard sites, creating detailed feasibility reports and analysis. Chris designs and project manages each new vineyard, guiding the customer through the extensive process. He liaises with vine nurseries and suppliers to ensure every customer receives the highest quality vines and products to establish their vineyard.

After working vintages around the world, including in Margaret River and Napa Valley, Chris gained his BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College. He also holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, (WSET) Diploma and an Honours degree in Business.

If you’re considering planting a new vineyard or extending an existing one, please email: chris@vine-works.com

Joel Jorgensen – Vineyard Operations Manager

Joel is dedicated to maintaining excellent customer relationships, scheduling our labour and tractor operations to ensure every vineyard’s needs are met. He organises the optimum amount of staff for each task, liaises with the customer to determine individual specifications and arranges all resources and logistics. Joel oversees our team of experienced Vineyard Supervisors.

Having grown up on his family’s farm and distillery in the Cape Winelands of South Africa, Joel is very much at home in the vineyard. He studied at the world-renowned University of Stellenbosch where he gained a BSc degree in Viticulture and Pomology.

If you would like to book a labour team to work at your vineyard, please email: joel@vine-works.com

Cherry Constable – Sales & Logistics

Cherry is responsible for managing the retail side of the business, ensuring all our customers have the correct equipment readily available by producing all quotes and invoices, tailoring every order to the customer and organising the best method of delivery. She monitors stock levels, sources products and creates mail-outs with detailed information about each product.

An exciting development for Vine-Works Ltd is the imminent release of our own English wine brand – Bee Tree Vineyard. Cherry’s role includes design, record-keeping and marketing.

Cherry studied at Plumpton College, gaining both a Diploma in Wine Business and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, (WSET) Dipoma. She judges wine and spirits at numerous international competitions, including the International Wine and Spirits Competition, (IWSC) Independent English Wine Awards, (IEWA) and World Gin Awards.

If you would like any information on our products, please email: cherry@vine-works.com

Sally Crowder – Finance & Accounts

Sally is our administrative whizz, taking care of the financials, credit control and payroll as well as all the daily tasks involved in running a successful business. She is a key player in upholding our commitment to excellent employment ethics by monitoring our adherence to the guidelines laid down by the Association of Labour Providers, (ALP) and Stronger Together.

As one of the first faces our new workers see, Sally has a vital role in guiding them through the induction period. She helps us, as a company, to prioritise employee satisfaction, making sure we have a happy, enthusiastic and productive workforce on our side at all times.

If you have any accounting queries, please email: sally.crowder@vine-works.com

Kevin Foord – Transport Manager

Every agricultural company needs a Transport Manager like Kevin. Whether it’s servicing tractors, transporting equipment or sourcing parts, Kevin is at the helm of things mechanical. Kevin is the friendly face you’ll see making deliveries around the Sussex countryside – be sure to offer him a cup of tea!