MEET OUR PEOPLE
JUSTIN JAMES - BISOUS ESTATE (Directeur General/Vigneron of Bisous Estate)
Justin has over 19 years’ experience in developing retail/commercial buildings and marinas. In 2001 he founded Sydney Boathouse and in 2012 he was appointed the CEO of Sydney Superyacht Marina, which was a position he held for 4 years. To provide some context, The Sydney Boathouse Sydney's largest dry boat storage facility holding 670 boats up to 12m in length plus waterfront retail and commercial space. The Sydney Superyacht Marina provides for over 3300m2 of retail/commercial space, a 6-storey car park and a marina for 79 Superyachts up to 70m in length. In 2008, Justin also founded a joint venture with the world’s largest privately owned materials handling company, Loedige Industries, a leading supplier of automated boat storage equipment to the marine industry.
With his passion for the development of retail and commercial buildings, and after building one of Sydney’s largest waterfront event venues at Sydney Superyacht Marina, Justin sought out and founded Bisous Estate to deliver an all-in-one function centre, accommodation and cellar door.
Alongside his professional pursuits, Justin James also held positions as both Chairman and a long standing committee member for Young Variety – The Children’s charity.
Justin has joined local Singleton and Cessnock business, Hunter Tennis Academy to help grow their business. Additionally Bisous Estate and Tennis Australia owned Tennis World, have come together to co-own and manage 2 first grade tennis teams in Sydney, in order to promote elite tennis within the NSW tennis community.
NICK STYLIANOU - BISOUS ESTATE (Directeur Construction/Vigneron of Bisous Estate)
Nick has worked in food retail and wholesale for 8 years, customer service for 12 years, owned a finance business for 3 years. Nick then owned an entertainment rental business which grew from 1 to 3 stores within 5 years. Nick currently owns a Christmas decorating business which he has grown successfully for 7 years.
Nick is a lifesaver for Avoca Beach Surf Lifesaving and a member of Surf Life Saving Australia.
Nick will be managing the construction of the various elements of Bisous Estate as well as overseeing operations. Nick will also be managing the vineyard and ensuring the high quality of product continues to be produced from Bisous Estate.
CHERIE BEASLEY - BISOUS ESTATE (Directeur Sales and Operations)
Cherie moved to the Hunter Valley in 2006 and has a wealth of contacts within the local community. Cherie has been working in the hospitality industry for 14 years and as such has an articulate understanding of the importance of getting each event right.. She has worked in all areas from the Kitchen to Waitressing, Bar service, Catering, Weddings and Corporate Events. For the past 4 years, Cherie has been managing a successful hotel within the Hunter Valley, managing a full crew of staff across various areas within the venue.
Cherie has a knack for working behind the scenes and a flair for the artistic construction of an event. She has many strengths within her field of work and much of this is showcased in her ability to organize down to the finest details that often get overlooked.
As of 2020, Cherie has made Bisous Estate her home and looks forward to working with our clients in delivering very unique and exciting venue for a range of occasions and celebrations. Cherie has a passion for striving to make every occasion a success and will go out of her way to meet your every need.
Bisous Estate and the Wonnarua people are working closely together to promote indigenous tourism for the local area. This will be done through the Cultural Centre which is adjacent to the Cellar Door and will be used as a base for the local community to promote and educate the community about our first nation.