Ivan Dixon has been judging for the IWSC for over 15 years, and is now a chair judge for both wines and spirits. Starting his drinks career early, working in independent wine retail, Dixon was brought down to London from Manchester by Harvey Nichols, where he has worked as a buyer since 2005. A WSET diploma holder, his initial passion for wine has since broadened to spirits, and he now heads the spirits and beer buying for the company. Responsible for the retail and hospitality range selection across the group’s seven UK stores, Dixon is also heavily involved in department lead activations, launches, promotions and new product development projects. When not working, travelling or judging, he is likely to be found at the bar, with a martini in hand.