Our Team

The Liberty Wines board comprises five non-executive directors and six executive directors. Between them, the non-executives have over 200 years‘ experience in the international wine trade, with on-trade and independent off-trade being their areas of speciality. Joe, Ben, Gerry and Joanne cover sales across Ireland.

Meet us all by clicking on the team names below or the links in the menu.

David Gleave MW

David Gleave MW
Managing Director

A Master of Wine since 1986, David was first bitten by the wine bug while living in Dublin in the early 1980s. He originally founded Liberty Wines in London in 1997 with friends Michael and Martin of Shaw + Smith, Riquet Hess and Luciann Flynn. David is a leading expert on Italian wines.

Gary Wyatt

Gary Wyatt
Chief Operating Officer

Gary's work at Seagram and Pernod Ricard brought him to Ireland, but it wasn’t until he joined Liberty Wines in January 2005 that he started coming back to Dublin regularly. Gary became chief operating officer in summer 2007 and is responsible for all our operations teams.

Luciann Flynn

Luciann Flynn
Communications Director

A founder member of Liberty Wines with David, Luciann started as marketing and customer services manager and has worked in almost all areas of the company since then, including as project director.

Tom Platt

Tom Platt
Sales Director

Starting as a National Accounts Manager in 2008, Tom became Head of National Accounts in spring 2015.  He is now responsible for our growing sales team across Ireland and the UK, including National Accounts.  

Andrew Knott

Andrew Knott
Finance Director

Andrew joined Liberty Wines in February 2018, having worked for the past 15 years as a permanent and interim finance director, including within the food & drink manufacturing, hospitality and retail sectors.

Gonçalo Machado

Gonçalo Machado
Export Director

Gonçalo joined Liberty Wines in April 2017 with 17 years of experience in domestic and export markets, having managed Asian and European business for Sogrape Vinhos then the development of their brands in the Portuguese On-trade.

Joe Coyle

Joe Coyle
Head of Sales Ireland

Joe started in the wine trade in 1986 with Oddbins in his native Glasgow. He was involved in the start-up of Novum Wines before moving to Ireland to join Gilbeys in 2006. With parents from Achill and Gweedore, this was more a homecoming than a migration. In late 2009, Joe set up WinePulse, before joining the Liberty Wines team in May 2012.

Ben Reynolds

Ben Reynolds
Sales Manager

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Ben has been in Ireland since the mid-nineties and started with Liberty Wines in 2006. Prior to this, Ben’s background was in restaurants, hotels and food & wine retailers both in Europe and Australia. Ben looks after sales to both on- and off-trade customers in Dublin.

Joanne Hayes

Joanne Hayes
Key Accounts Manager

Joanne joined Liberty Wines in 2014. She developed a passion for wine and food during her studies at Shannon College of Hotel Management. Starting her wine career with Febvre wines in 1996, where she progressed to national on-trade key account manager, Joanne now focuses on growing the on-trade premium sector in Ireland.

Gerry Gunnigan

Gerry Gunnigan
Sales Executive

Gerry has worked in the wine trade in London, Alsace, and back in his native Ireland since 1996. He joined Liberty Wines in January 2008 and looks after sales to both on- and off-trade outside Dublin, as well as some off-trade within Dublin. Gerry is a keen photographer and you can see some of his images throughout our site.

Marcus Gates

Marcus Gates
Sales Executive

Marcus joined Liberty Wines in 2017. He trained as a chef in his native Australia and held positions in Victoria and Colorado before moving to Ireland. He has worked in wine sales since 2004 and is responsible for the Munster region, particularly in and around Cork city.

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