Andy Smith - Owner
This is Andy, the proud owner of our business.
He joined Mill Hill Wines in 2010 as manager. After seven years of managing the day to day shopping experience of customers, Andy (and his wife Naiomi) excitedly bought the business from previous owner Laurence Hanison (who retired in January 2017).
With more than 20 years’ experience in the wine trade, Andy has had various manager postings in wine shops across the South East and holds numerous industry qualifications in wines, spirits, and cigars. He is passionate about keeping his industry knowledge up-to-date and is focussed on evolving our family-owned business to meet the needs and challenges of our customers - even more important during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andy does pretty much everything to keep the business going: from serving customers, buying, tastings, accounts, social media and even deliveries!
When not in the shop, avid Arsenal fan Andy is often found with his wife and two children. He is a FA qualified coach at a local youth football club but when he actually gets a chance to relax, he loves a bottle of Bordeaux, a good cigar and listening to his ever growing record collection!
Naiomi Smith - Owner
Hailing from the northern delights of Manchester, Naiomi is joint owner of Mill Hill Wines and oversees all HR, communications and social media of the family-run business.
Before joining the wine trade, she worked in the media industry initially as a newspaper reporter and then at a media intelligence company managing a team of media executives.
Alongside husband Andy, Naiomi took over the reins from Laurence Hanison in January 2017. They make a great team running the business together but often she has the best ideas late at night (when Andy is trying to sleep!).
In her spare time, she is a busy mum-of-two and loves spending time with her friends and family. Her favourite drinks are Riesling, Tia Maria and Champagne (a love of which deepened on a work trip to Champagne a couple of years back!).
Naiomi’s passion for great customer service, keeping an eye on the latest market trends and organisational skills make her an invaluable member of the team!
Marcus Dickinson - Manager
Marcus joined the Mill Hill Wines team in 2011. He is the manager of the shop and has a wealth of experience in the wine industry - having previously managed various Oddbins sites across London.
Holding WSET qualifications in wine he is also our in-house beer and spirits expert and can always be relied upon for a great Rum recommendation! As well as helping people find amazing wines, Marcus always goes above and beyond to provide a fantastic shopping experience to our customers.
Outside of shop hours he'll be found walking his dog Jodie or listening to music on one of the 5 turntables, 3 tape decks or 3 CD players he owns! He is always playing something interesting in the shop. Marcus is also a fair-weather cyclist and paid up member of MAMIL.
His ideal drink/s would be a pre-dinner G&T followed by northern Italian red and then maybe a little whisky from Campbeltown.
Jules Field - Senior Wine Advisor
This is Jules, our brilliant Senior Wine Advisor. Jules joined the Mill Hill Wines team in 2010.
His enthusiasm for wine is endless and he has an incredibly good knowledge to back it up. He is a big fan of Viognier, Bordeaux blends and the mighty Wealdstone!
In his spare time, Jules spends most of his time with his wife and two children and likes to look at birds whilst hiding in a bush (ornithologically speaking)!
If you are looking for the perfect wine pairing for a special meal, Jules loves to give recommendations.