The Team

We are very fortunate to have found so many amazing people within our adopted surroundings and we've also attracted some great talent to represent the Mirabeau brand in the big wide world. We all share a determination to do things the Mirabeau way, think differently, be proactive and treat everyone with respect. What’s even better is that we all like each other’s company, enjoy sharing a good joke and thrive on our positive energy.

Stephen Cronk

Co-Founder

Stephen Cronk

Role at Mirabeau: Co-Founder and el presidente. Have had a passion for wine since I spent my gap-year in Australia so long ago that "Down Under" by Men at Work was still in the charts. Managed to persuade Mrs. C to give up her London house in 2009 to take up residence in Provence on a high-risk venture building a wine business from scratch. We’ve never looked back!

Favourite nosh: Beef Wellington

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Stephen Fry, Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali

Little known fact: I used to sell kitty-litter when I was a student

Jeany Cronk

Co-Founder

Jeany Cronk

Role at Mirabeau: As co-founder I have been there since the very beginning and am in charge of marketing, creativity and key relationships with suppliers. I moonlight as decorator for all Mirabeau locations, creator of happy office juju and try to be a good mum to our three Cronklets. I am delighted to wake up in Provence every day and to be able to bring some of that sunny vibe to peoples’ lives! This Mirabeau adventure has been full on, but I couldn’t have asked for a better way to grow as a person and challenge myself all the time

Favourite nosh: A spicy salmon Ramen

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Superwoman who never sets a foot wrong, Michelle Obama

Little known fact: I had to leave the country to pass my driving test

Patrick Gallagher

Chairman

Patrick Gallagher

Role at Mirabeau: Have been advising Mirabeau since 2014 and am now Chairman (and LOVE working with the supremely talented Mirabeau team). I have had a successful career in technology and have been Chairman/CEO of a number of International companies (and still am today :)

Favourite nosh: Fresh (fatta in casa) spaghetti with a thick Italian ragu and lots of grated Parmesan cheese

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Nelson Mandela (or failing that Audrey Hepburn :)

Little known fact: I am a cheeseaholic (and with wine it is the BEST!)

Nathalie Longefay

Consultant Oenologue

Nathalie Longefay

Nathalie Longefay has been an integral part of our team since 2011. Coming from a winemaking family, Nathalie trained as an œnologist at the University of Toulouse but is also a expert in olive oil production and a Dégustatrice au Conseil Oléicole International

Tessa Henderson

Finance Director

Tessa Henderson

Role at Mirabeau: Finance Director since January 2015. After a few years of mothering in Provence, Stephen soon picked up on my Deloitte training and lured me back to work with a glass of wine

Favourite nosh: Soft shell Crab and Green mango salad

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: The Girls, they know who they are, and it would inevitably be more than one glass

Little known fact: I have shaken hands with two US Presidents

Peter Edwards

Sales Director UK/Ireland

Peter Edwards

aka Provence Pete

Role at Mirabeau: Sales Director UK & Ireland since June 2018. Joining from Moet Hennessy UK after 18 years where most recently I was Senior National Account Manager managing all contracted National On Trade Groups. I now manage Mirabeau’s biggest market working alongside our Partners Waitrose & Sainsburys for Retail and Matthew Clark & Bibendum for the On Trade

Favourite nosh: rib of Beef

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Banksy

Little known fact: I only own and only wear - Red Socks

Janet Pouchot

Sales Director Americas

Janet Pouchot

Role at Mirabeau: Janet Pouchot has held positions in the wine business for over a decade including as a sommelier for Restaurant DANIEL, in retail with Sherry-Lehmann, East Coast Sales Manager for Negociants USA, National Brand Development Manager for Peter Lehmann Wines, Campaign Manager for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Business Manager for the Americas for Craggy Range winery and now as Sales Director Americas for Mirabeau en Provence. 'I am very excited to be working with a terrific French winery and especially with some excellent rosé wines!' Janet lives in Manhattan with her (French) husband, Charles and their two sons.

Favourite nosh: Vintage champagne and anything at all.

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: My husband. On a beach. At sunset. In the South of France.

Little known personal fact/secret: I know how to access the first class lounge of several airlines.

Alex Ignatieff

Gin Brand Director

Alex Ignatieff

Role at Mirabeau: After eight months developing Mirabeau’s exciting first venture beyond wine I’ve officially joined the team to bring Mirabeau Rosé Gin to the world. A chance to rekindle contacts from Sydney, Toronto, New York and Harvey Nichols, you bring the tonic!

Favourite Nosh: The latest dish from either of my babies (if they can still be called that!)

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Eddie Izzard and Nelson Mandela

Little known fact: I once danced the Argyll Broadswords for the Queen

Thierry Laurence

Operations Director

Thierry Laurence

aka Terry

Role at Mirabeau: Operations Director since July 2018. Joining from AFPA as the Regional Director (South France) for 10 years, and before that Senior Manager at AGF Finance, Sales Director at GROUPAMA Finance and at Alpes Sports Conseils. The key elements of my role at Mirabeau: Quality Control, Cost Management, Sourcing, Operations (ie: NPD), HR

Favourite nosh: Tarte tatin

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Lindsay Vonn because I am a huge fan of her skiing style

Little known fact: Rosé actually makes me a better dancer

Virginie Le Floch

Production & Logistics Manager

Virginie Le Floch

aka Ninie

Role at Mirabeau: I moved from Paris and my position of database manager in 2005, in order to find the sun in the South… but I’ve mostly found the WINE! I’m the export manager since 2011, and very proud to follow the "Mirabeau adventure" from day one

Favourite nosh: Lobster (on the beach) …. and also cheese … and chocolate (but separately)

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Nelson Mandela … and Morten Harket (also separately)

Little known fact: I eat my daughters’ «sucrerie » when they are sleeping

Sandy Martinot-Millet

Order Fulfilment Manager

Sandy Martinot-Millet

aka Pikatchu

Role at Mirabeau: Export assistant / accounting assistant

After 10 years working as a commercial assistant for renowned wineries in Provence, I joined the Mirabeau Team in October 2018 to help Virginie with the Export and Tessa with Accounting

I try to pamper our customers in the many countries around the world! And now that I am here, Virginie is able to go on holiday

Favourite nosh: Beef carpaccio and french fries

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Tessa Worley because I love skiing! (my daughter’s name is Tessa)

Little known fact: I prefer red wine but shhhhhh ;-)

Bea James

Domaine Hospitality

Bea James

Role at Mirabeau: Bringing the world of Mirabeau to life for guests at Domaine Mirabeau, together with my husband, Ben. Before joining the Mirabeau team in 2019 I was General Manager of an award-winning boutique hotel in Bath, UK, where I wore lots of different hats from Human Resources and Operations, to general ‘mum’ to the team and chief coffee-maker. My previous career before heading into the wonderful world of hospitality was in account management and events in London.

Favourite nosh: Moules-Frites

Would love to share a glass of wine with: Megan Markle

Little known fact: I organised my first event when I was 10 years old - a village pet show to raise money for my local animal sanctuary!

Ben James

Domaine Hospitality

Ben James

Role at Mirabeau: ‘Exceptional-experience-creator’, chef, gardener, taxi driver, painter and 'polyvalent' at Domaine Mirabeau alongside my wife Bea. Two years ago I started training as a chef after 16 years in hospitality front of house in hotels and restaurants, including Head of Food and Beverage at Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge, and have attended Le Cordon Bleu in London.

Favourite nosh: Bouillabaisse

Most like to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Adele

Little known fact: On honeymoon I ate 40 oysters in one day, no surprise to those that know me I’m sure.

Pascal Hesse

Domaine Manager

Pascal Hesse

Role at Mirabeau: I moved from Paris 14 years ago and started my life in Provence as an entrepreneur. Now I’m in charge of the Domaine, to ensure this beautiful place is a haven of peace, where all visitors and friends can connect with the Mirabeau world.

Favourite nosh: Mum’s couscous

Would love to share a glass of wine with : Jacques Mayol and Brian Johnson

Little known fact: When I was 6, I was rejected in a casting to star alongside Jodie Foster, because I left a tooth in my sausage sandwich. Maybe I missed a career!?!

Marcel Koning

Logistics & Maintenance

Marcel Koning

aka #ELM

Role at Mirabeau: Can mostly be found behind the wheel of the Rosé-Rover dealing with the many logistical challenges. Often has a screwdriver and a drill in hand fixing something in the office yet is still trying to figure out how the coffee machine works! The Dutch/South African mix means he cannot ever be taken seriously in casual conversation but always gets the job done.

Favourite nosh: The unrelenting search for the perfect gourmet cheeseburger continues...

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Alec Baldwin (a lesson in understated humour...)

Little known fact: I know the part number of the rear axle A-frame fulcrum bracket ball-joint assembly for a Land Rover Defender

Célia Gentaud

Boutique Manager

Célia Gentaud

Role at Mirabeau: After 10 years with a local wine producer, I joined Mirabeau as the Boutique Manager in Cotignac 4 years ago. I love customer service and telling the Mirabeau story. I grew up in the village, and enjoy presenting our brand and delicious wines to everyone who comes through the door. I love nature and family life.

Favourite nosh: duck breast and venison dishes

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Our neighbour from the village down the road, Brad Pitt

Little known personal fact/secret: I often vacumn at 2 am!

Loan Tremellat

Boutique Assistant

Loan Tremellat

Role at Mirabeau: Very happy to be helping Célia welcome visitors from around the world, sharing the Mirabeau story. I previously worked at the village grocery store, and have lived in Cotignac for 20 years. Before Mirabeau, the boutique was my parent's car garage, and it's fun seeing wine bottles where my scooter used to be.

Favourite nosh: Sushi

Most like to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Jean-Claude van Damme (this man is a legend)

Little known fact: I'm crazy about the Olympique de Marseille and never miss a match

Sophie Bellard

Digital Content & Activations Manager

Sophie Bellard

Role at Mirabeau: I manage and create the brand’s content and attend the Mirabeau events and collaborations as our ambassador and photographer. I love everything creative but I'm also very methodical thanks to my background in Business Law

Favourite nosh: full fat yoghurt ice cream

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (you know, the 'I feel the need...the need for speed' guy!)

Little know fact: I am obsessed with dinosaurs

Victoria Koning

Events & Communication

Victoria Koning

aka Vic

Role at Mirabeau: Sharing the inspiring Mirabeau story in person (boutique, events) and online (website, newsletters, Facebook) since May 2014. I'm also the wedding guru and event manager. Before moving to Cotignac, my hubby Marcel and I ran a flooring/web design business for 12 years in The Netherlands. Following the Tech trend, I've worked with telex machines and DOS, to Windows to this crazy, online IT world

Favourite nosh: spicy Indian Curry with a glass of La Folie Sparkling Rosé

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: fave actresses Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Sandra Bullock

Little known fact: We used to collect snakes and other creepy crawlies as kids ;-)

Alan Green

Consultant Webmaster

Alan Green

Role at Mirabeau: All things web and tech since the beginning of time - well, since the beginning of Mirabeau. He’s been doing this for over 20 years but still has fresh ideas and somehow keeps up with new developments in the industry and always on standby to answer techy questions and give advice

Favourite nosh: Fish. Any fish dish (although not the one with parsley sauce)

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: Ryan Adams (no, not Bryan Adams)

Little known fact: Called Bob by some friends and family (from the way Rowan Atkinson pronounces Bob in Blackadder)

Oscar

Head of Security

Oscar

Role at Mirabeau: I’ve been in this role since 2012 when my owners ‘rescued’ me, although frankly sometimes it feels like the other way round. I’m responsible for general security around here, sniffing peoples ankles, occasionally growling at local cats, generally keeping things in order. It’s quite a big job and sometimes I think I’m overlooked. But then again, I’m a Jack Russell; small but effective

Favourite nosh: Cheese rinds

Would love to share a glass of Mirabeau with: The hunting dogs next door. They’re always caged-up and I feel a bit sorry for them. Not sure if they’d like Mirabeau much. I’ve never tried it. Probably disgusting

Little known fact: In my previous life I was a Doberman