Richard Darlington - Managing Director

Richard joined James Finlay in 1979 as a tea trader and during his career progressed through area and regional management roles to become Managing Director of both the leaf tea trading and extract divisions. He has a thorough understanding of the decaffeinated and tea extract markets having seen them evolve and grow over the years. Richard is a well known figure in the global tea industry and is frequently asked to speak at international trade conferences.

Sophie Dutton - Sales Director

Sophie has been a global tea trader and taster for more than ten years. Her understanding of the tea market is extensive and regularly visits the major tea producing countries and has forged good relationships with many key suppliers across the regions. For the last 5 years she has focused on the tea extract and decaffeinated tea markets. Sophie represents the Tea Industry on Rainforest Alliance's Chain of Custody Committee.

Timothy Bond - Technical Director

Tim has 15 years experience in Tea from laboratory based-analysis to factory production. His focus is on R & D and new product development. Tim is an active member of the US Tea Association, UK and European Tea committees. He is also project leader on the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Tea committee helping to ensure tea can be produced, traded and consumed safely and to agreed standards.

Andrew McKay - President of AVT North America

Andrew has a proven track record in tea industry global market for over 40 years. He has in-depth knowledge of leaf tea trading and the tea extracts industry. Andrews previous roles have included President of Finlays North America and Managing Director of Finlays Global Tea Extracts. Andrew is currently a member of the Board of The Tea Association of the USA and President of AVT North America.

Melur Suprabha - Sales Manager

Mel started her career in tea industry as a trainee tea trader in 2009. She has more than 7 years of experience travelling to tea producing countries as well as working with global suppliers and customers in various regions. Mel joined AVT London in 2014 supporting both decaffeinated tea and instant tea sales division.