Plumpton College, the UK’s centre of excellence in wine education, training and research, is delighted to announce that Dr Greg Dunn will be taking over as Curriculum Manager of Plumpton's Wine Division when Chris Foss retires later this month.
Greg, currently Programme Manager for Plumpton’s MSc in Viticulture & Oenology, has developed extensive international research experience over the last two decades, forming strong education and industry networks through many collaborative projects. He has worked for DPI Victoria, the University of Melbourne, and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Wagga Wagga, where he was Deputy Director. He is also Deputy Editor of the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research.
Greg Dunn commented: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role. I want to continue along the path that my predecessor has defined, bringing to it my own contribution. The vision is to provide the UK's wine trade with a highly skilled specialist workforce, and support our rapidly expanding and exciting wine industry. In order to do this, we will develop and deliver a strategy for applied research that addresses key priorities, and continue to forge international links with similar institutes. One of the more immediate jobs will also be to ensure we expand our provision in sub-degree courses and apprenticeships”
Dunn Continued “I’m extremely proud to carry on the work of Chris, who has done a fantastic job over the last 30 years to make Plumpton Wine Division one of the top wine education centres in the world”
Chris Foss commented: “Greg comes with a wealth of new skills which will greatly enhance Plumpton’s wine-related activity. His knowledge, research experience and industry networks will enable Plumpton to become a truly international centre of wine education, training and research."
Foss initiated Plumpton's wine courses in 1988, with two rows of vines and a few glass demijohns quietly fermenting away in his classroom. Over the last thirty year, he has played a key role in the successful development of the English wine industry.