The Shorty’s Team

There’s an old proverb that it takes great people to make great wine, and while we ‘ll happily leave the viticulture to the experts, we’re big believers in the fact that it takes an amazing team to offer a premium experience. From our sales and operations team to our fleet of hardworking delivery drivers, we’re incredibly proud to have such hardworking and passionate individuals in the Shorty’s family.

Managing Director: David Short

David leads the team with over 20 years of corporate and fine wine retail experience, which has served him well in developing Shorty’s Liquor CBD to be the leading corporate beverage supplier in Sydney. His past experiences include fine wine sales, retail store ownership and writing the wine lists for key hospitality groups including the W.Short Hotel Group, with iconic venues such as The Glenmore Hotel & The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks. With his years of expertise in creating iconic venue wine lists, his long standing industry partnerships and extensive buying power, David is instrumental in offering any Shorty’s client an unprecedented selection of premium quality wines and catering beverages at extremely competitive prices.

Favourite Wine: Grosset Springvale Riesling

Favourite Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Enjoying a day out at the Sydney cricket test.

Best Wine Experience: "My wife Liz and I enjoyed a private, seven-course degustation matched with 12 of the world’s best 2001 Bordeaux blends at Terrazas de los Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. Epic!"


Chairman: John Vamos

The founder and managing director of Business Coaching Systems, John’s twenty-five year career as a business coach has allowed him the privilege of working with iconic companies such as Telstra, ANZ and KPMG. An expert at helping companies close the gap between performance and potential, John brings his skills in business strategy, organisational design, operational effectiveness and business development to assist Shorty’s Liquor in realising our ambitions to deliver total customer satisfaction and a strong bottom line. John also holds additional chairmanships with a number of notable privately-owned Australian businesses. 

Favourite Wine: Any Torbreck Shiraz

Favourite Beer: Millers

Favourite Hobby or Sport: American Football

Best Wine Experience: "My most recent wine experience will always be the best!"


Chief Financial Controller: Tim Crowe

Tim has over 20 years of experience in some of Sydney’s best hospitality venues in both General Manager and Licensee roles. Deciding on a career change, Tim completed a degree in Accounting. Tim’s prior years in the hospitality industry gave him an immediate and in-depth understanding of our business model when he joined Shorty’s Liquor as our financial controller. Tim’s keen and analytical eye ensures that the spreadsheets and account books are kept accurate and up to date, and are equipped to handle the increasing level of customer demand.

Favourite Wine: Italian Pinot Grigio

Favourite Beer: Asahi

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Rugby

Best Wine Experience: "Visiting Italy and drinking local wines recommended by the local waiters."


Business Manager: Vicki Brownrigg

Vicki has over 25 years of liquor industry experience in Australia and the UK across a variety of businesses. Upon returning from London to Sydney in 2003, she became involved in corporate beverage supply, executing roles in retail, customer service and trading manager for one of the largest national wine clubs in Australia. Driven by her commitment to delivering fabulous wine experiences and exceptional service standards Vicki. She also has charge of executing Shorty’s digital and online strategy.

Favourite Wine: Ruinart Blanc De Blancs NV

Favourite Beer: Peroni

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Football

Best Wine Experience: "Drinking 1990 magnums of Louis Roederer Cristal while eating canapés cooked by a Michelin Star chef in Reims, France."


Head of Sales: Cassandra Collett      

I have been in sales for 10+ years across various sectors, have a passion for helping customers and developing sales teams.

Favourite Wine: Louis Roederer Cristal

Favourite Beer: More of a cider drinker, Young Henry’s Apple Cider

Favourite Hobby: Going to the beach, for a hike and finding new places to explore

Best Wine Experience: Celebrating my birthday at the Hunter Valley with a group of friends for the weekend, sampling the best that the region has to offer


Purchasing Manager: Matt Whitaker

Matt has been in corporate beverage supply for over six years, managing a range of large Sydney-based accounts. His knowledge of the corporate market, passion for wine and commitment to high standards of personalised service make him a brilliant fit for the Shorty’s team. Matt also has charge of selecting the extensive wine offers available exclusively to Shorty’s Liquor clients.

Favourite Wine: Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2001

Favourite Beer: James Squires 150 Lashes Pale Ale

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Golf (handicap of 2)

Best Wine Experience: “For my 40th birthday I had forty of my closest friends for a dinner party at home all catered for with wines matched to each course: Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne in Magnums on arrival, Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Kaesler The Bogan 2005 Shiraz, Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and De Bortoli Noble One Semillon with dessert.”


Account Manager: Anne-Louise Kitt AKA “Kitt”

Kitt Comes to the Shorty’s Team with a background in Catering and Events, working with some of the country’s leading businesses. As a Key Account Manager, Kitt brings a brilliant level of organisation and customer service skills that are of the highest standard, hence she looks after some of the biggest accounts in Sydney. Her attention for detail and general love for her customers sees her fit in perfectly at Shorty’s HQ. Kitt’s relaxed and nurturing nature ensures our customers are always getting the best possible experience with Shorty’s.

Favourite Wine: Dom Perignon

Favourite Beer: Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Being outdoors on a long bush or coastal walk

Best Wine Experience: Visiting Napa Valley – it’s like Disneyland for wine lovers!  


Account Manager: Phoebe Gibson

Phoebe began her hospitality journey in Canada where she lived for four years enjoying the seasons and beautiful beer, wine, cider and spirits the area has to offer. She progressed through a variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from serving through to marketing and sales team leadership. Her role of Account Manager and Liquor Ambassador here at Shorty’s allows her to do what she enjoys most... building strong, lasting relationships with her customers and share with them her passion for all things liquor.

Favourite Beer: Blue Moon

Favourite Wine: Penfolds Shiraz 

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Snowboarding

Best Wine experience: Drinking beautiful Malbec with my family around an asado (Argentine BBQ). This is where my love for wine and it’s culture began.


Account Manager: Ben Riley

Ben joined the team at Shorty’s after several years in the imported wine, beer and spirits industry. With a strong passion for the beverage world ever since his grandfather planted the seed when he was enlisted to help bottlecap his home brew from the age of 5. He enjoys building long lasting relationships with everyone he works with.

Favourite Beer: Philter XPA

Favourite Wine: Pasionado Cuatro Cepas 2012 

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Getting a surf in or watching Cronulla Sharks with a cold one

Best Wine experience: Working a full vintage at Tyrrell’s Winery with Chief Winemaker Andrew Spinaze – being part of the process from vine to bottle was something I’ll never forget!


Customer Service: Kelly Gill

Role: Customer Service

Summary: Kelly has joined the Shorty’s team having worked in hospitality and travel for 10+ years. She enjoys providing top notch customer service and is used to being a jack of all trades in a fun and fast paced environment. Kelly loves helping to create a memorable experience for all customers and believes that great wine can be the start of any great relationship!

Favourite Wine: Any Malbec or Carmenere.

Favourite Beer:  Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager.

Favourite Hobby or sport: Travelling and snuggling up with a good book.

Best Wine Experience: Enjoying a bottle of red whilst sitting under the stars next to an open fire in the Atacama desert for my birthday….


Operations: Hamish Walker

Hamish has 15 years experience in Hotel management, having most recently been the Licensee of Daniel San Manly and prior to that The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks. He started his hospitality career at The Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks, a local gem of the Sydney hospitality scene. 

Favourite Wine: Tyrells Vat1 Hunter Semillon

Favourite Beer: Stone and Wood Pacific Ale

Favourite Hobby or sport: Surfing

Best Wine Experience: Sculling a bottle of Grange Hermitage after someone forgot to pour me a glass...


Logistics: Blake Mitford

A passion for wine and 8 years of experience in the liquor retail space make Blake the perfect fit for his operations role at Shorty’s Liquor. He enjoys the versatile and fast-paced environment that alternates between managing warehouse logistics and creating tailored customer service solutions. Wine and delivering great customer experiences aren’t Blake’s only talents, however – he is also adept in the art of home brewing beer.

Favourite Wine: Thomas Braemore Semillon or Leo Buring Eden Valley Riesling

Favourite Beer: Little Creatures Pale Ale

Favourite Hobby or sport: Beermaking and cheesemaking.

Best Wine Experience: “At a recent weekend away with my partner, we had a private tasting at Grant Burge Cellar Door, followed by a gourmet lunch platter and a glass of wine in the gardens overlooking the Barossa Valley.”


Delivery Drivers

We have an amazing team of delivery drivers including Brett, Tom, Harry, Benny, Henry, Josh, Sam and Ollie  who are always ready and willing to help you with your orders up the stairs, packed into fridges or iced ready for the function, and it is always done with a smile!