Ben Stephenson

Ben is the Managing Director and founder of hangingditch wine merchants. He has spent over 10 years in the wine industry starting with stints at Oddbins and Harvey Nichols as shop managers and latterly as an account manager at Pagendam Pratt Wine Cellars, Domaine Direct and Willoughby's Wine Warehouse.

Ben is a full panel judge for the International Wine & Spirit Competition and the International Wine Challenge. He was a UK semi-finalist for Ruinart Sommelier of the Year in 2004. He obtained his WSET Diploma in 2001 and holds an Art Foundation and BA in Graphic Design from Glasgow School of Art.

Liz Long

Liz Long

Liz came to wine via the unusual route of international finance. She worked previously as the Director of Finance of a large private equity company and whilst travelling the world developed a love of all things wine. She decided to change careers and Hanging Ditch gave her her first break! Liz is involved in all commercial aspects of the business as well as managing the finance and administrative functions. Liz holds the WSET Diploma which was certainly much more fun than her first degree in Mathematics and Industrial Economics. She loves a dry white and a cheeky Pinot Noir but can't resist trying out wines from the more unusual grape varieties or countries.

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