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CEYLON TEA MASTERCLASS - Michael James Bunston

Michael Bunston was Honorary Chairman of the International Tea Committee for 20 years (1993-2013). In 2002, he retired from his position as Chairman of Wilson Smithett, one of the leading tea broking firms in the UK, which he joined in 1959. He has travelled extensively in Africa, India & Sri Lanka and, while working as a broker, he played a vital role in the London Tea Auctions, which finally closed in 1998 after 164 years. He also served on a number of Tea Trade Committees, including The European Tea Committee, and chaired the Tea Brokers Association and The United Kingdom Tea Association. In 2014, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to the International Tea Industry. He sits on the committee of The Friends of Sri Lanka in London.