International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) is thrilled to have appointed our very first Executive Director, Charlotte Hey. This marks a major step forward in our organization’s development as a global benchmark for emission reduction within the wine sector.
Driving a Movement Forward
As Executive Director of IWCA, Charlotte will lead our rapidly growing organization into the next phase of momentum, focusing on visibility, membership growth, and strategic planning.
“We are very proud of the growth and commitment of wineries who have joined IWCA to bring immediate action to decarbonize the global wine industry,” says Katie Jackson, 2nd Generation Proprietor and SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Jackson Family Wines and co-founder of IWCA. “Momentum is building, and we are looking forward to Charlotte’s leadership and strategic expertise to engage prospective winery members and build successful collaborations among the global wine community who share our values and want to take meaningful action on climate solutions.”
About Charlotte Hey, IWCA Executive Director
Charlotte joins IWCA following over 20 years in the wine sector. She started working in the wine industry in the 1990’s in sales and marketing joining Wines from Spain, London, working on the generic promotion of Spanish wine in the UK. In 1999 she moved into publishing, joining Harpers Wine & Spirit as Publishing Director, where she soon became Executive Director of the International Wine & Spirit Competition. In 2002 she was part of the team who launched the drinks business, as Publisher and Editorial Director, where she also developed The Spirits Business and launched leading industry awards programmes the drinks business awards and The Green Awards.
From 2009 she was Head of International Communications for González Byass S.A. coordinating all PR activity in key markets such as the USA & Canada, Germany, Benelux, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to this new role she continues to be a director of Bespoke Drinks Media, a UK based communications and marketing agency working with international clients from across the wine world. She is a Caballero del Vino de España, Chevalier de Bourgogne and has been a patron/international expert for the OEMV, as well as lecturing on wine, communications and business at the Instituto Empresarial, Madrid, the University of Valencia and the University of Navarra.
“Climate action has always been a core professional and personal value of mine,” shares Charlotte. “I relish the prospect of this exciting new role and look forward to really making a difference in reducing emissions and promoting sustainability in the wine sector. I am delighted to work with the world’s most innovative, environmentally conscious wineries to drive this initiative forward together.”
Welcome to IWCA, Charlotte!