<?xml version="1.0"?>\n<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fbc-Richard_Mayson.jpg"><h2>Richard Mayson.jpg<\/h2>Richard Mayson began his career working for The Wine Society. In 1987, during his time there, he won the Vintner\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Company Scholarship. Richard specialises in the wines of Iberia, especially fortified wines, and is the author of four books including The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal (winner of the Andr\u00c3\u00a9 Simon Award 2003) and Port and the Douro. Richard writes regularly for Decanter, WINE, The World of Fine Wine and Slow, the magazine of the Slow Food Movement in Italy. He also lectures for the WSET and Leith's School of Food and Wine in London. Richard was an Associate Editor of Oz Clarke\u00e2\u0080\u0099s Wine Atlas and contributes to the Oxford Companion to Wine. Richard is currently writing a book on the wines of Madeira. In 1999 he was made a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto in recognition of his services to the Port wine trade.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fbb-Peter_Cobb.jpg"><h2>Peter Cobb.jpg<\/h2>Peter Cobb has spent his entire business life in the wine trade in London with Cockburns Port, in Bristol as export sales manager of Harveys, and, for 20 years,in Portugal, where he was a Director of Cockburns.Now retired, he lives in Oporto and writes on Port and Sherry for various UK and American magazines.He is delighted that his son, Freddie, is following him into the trade, \u00e2\u0080\u0098despite, or perhaps even because of, his father's stringent recommendations to the contrary\u00e2\u0080\u0099.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fb9-Ben_Campbell_Johnston.jpg"><h2>Ben Campbell-Johnston.jpg<\/h2>Ben Campbell-Johnston has been in the wine trade for 17 years. After a spate at Oddbins, he worked for two years with the Symingtons in Oporto and the Douro and then as their Brand Manager in the UK. Ben currently works as a freelance consultant, mainly with Portuguese and Fortified Wine producers. He is also the joint-organiser of \u00e2\u0080\u009cThe Big Fortified Tasting\u00e2\u0080\u009d, the biggest tasting of its kind in the world. Ben is also the UK agent for WineStein, a unique software application for intelligent food and wine matching.<img src="http:\/\/www.decanter.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/34\/2012\/05\/000002fba-Godfrey_Spence.jpg"><h2>Godfrey Spence.jpg<\/h2>Godfrey Spence is one of the UK\u00e2\u0080\u0099s most experienced and popular wine educators. Starting in the retail sector, he soon started training staff which led to him becoming a Senior Lecturer at the WSET. Now working freelance, he runs the-wine-school.com and writes regularly on Portugal and Port for national and international publications. Godfrey is the author of three books, including the Prix Lanson short-listed The Port Companion which has been translated into nine languages and described by Bruce Guimaraens, Director of Taylor's and Fonseca, as \u00e2\u0080\u009cthe definitive book on Port\u00e2\u0080\u009d.