Dawn Davies, Head Buyer, Speciality Drinks
Having started out in the drinks industry working in a pub whilst at university, Dawn moved to London to work in restaurants as a Head Sommelier at some of London’s top restaurants, including Zuma, Boxwood Café, and The Ledbury, which she also managed.,
In 2007 she left restaurants to join Selfridges as their Head Wine and Spirits buyer and establishing the shop as one of the top wine and spirits shops in the UK. Winning various retailer awards of the year for the shop. She also won the Julian Brind Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in the Wine Industry 2014.
In 2015 she achieved her Master of Wine and joined Speciality Drinks as their head buyer. Working with brands to launch new products, find quirky, interesting products, and predicting the next big trends. She also manages the Events team and Shops.
She says she is passionate about ‘the little guy’ but recognizes the importance of the big brands and has been responsible for launching many new brands into the UK market.