Meet the team

Say hello to our love drinks family

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Kirsty Loveday, BEM

Founder and Managing Director

Phone: 0207 501 9630

Kirsty founded Love Drinks in 2007 after a number of years gaining insight and experience in mainly sales and marketing focused roles for large corporate companies including Allied Domecq and Castle Brands. Kirsty felt that there was a gap in the market for a fully independent marketing and distribution company that offered some of the best drinks in the industry.

Over the years, Kirsty’s passion and drive has been recognised with a number of accolades including Brand Ambassador of the Year for Gosling’s Rum, Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year at the Women 1st Shine Awards and more recently she was awarded a British Empire Medal.

She now focuses her determination on making Love Drinks the best premium drinks brand builder in the industry as after all, there’s no point doing anything less than brilliant!

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Samantha Burke
Head of Sales and Marketing

Samantha has over 20 years of experience within the premium drinks industry, working with established brands such as Appleton, Campari and Wray and Nephew as well as with start-up brands such as Polstar Vodka, Solidarnosc Vodka and Hendricks Gin.  Her roles over the years have encompassed trade marketing, sales, brand management and creating strategic events and activations.

She is responsible for leading the sales and marketing teams in their delivery of Love Drinks’s bold growth ambitions

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Rachel Wright
On Trade UK Sales Manager - National Accounts & RTM

Rachel brings a wealth of experience to the team.

With over 7 years account management, gained across a wide range of customers at Anheuser-Busch, to four years managing Pitcher & Piano bars across the UK, Rachel understands the challenges and opportunities of the dynamic marketplace.

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Wendy Rumble
Head of Retail

Wendy has over 13 years FMCG Sales and Marketing experience in drinks.

She joined Love Drinks from Britvic Soft Drinks where she held various senior roles in Leisure, Foodservice and Convenience. Before that she enjoyed several years working in the Grocery channel at Diageo. Wendy’s passion is about delivering exceptional products to customers flawlessly and contributing towards Love Drinks success.

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Emma Currin
Communications Manager

Emma has spent most of her life in the drinks industry as she grew up in a number of pubs run by her parents.

Always wanting to work in the trade, but not necessarily behind the bar, Emma started her PR career at Precept PR where one of the client accounts she worked on was the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. From there, she worked in a number of in-house roles for major pub companies including Laurel (now Stonegate Pub Company) and the Barracuda Group. At Leisure PR she gained experience in raising and promoting awareness for Miller Brands’ premium portfolio including Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, along with a number of other drinks producers and pub companies.

 

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Jane Bulankina
Trade Marketing Manager

Jane has joined the Love Drinks team as a trade marketing manager to help grow the ambitions of the Love Drinks brands.

Jane has experience from a variety of industries: hospitality, marketing, branding and communications. Working across Europe, activating such brands as Carlsberg, Absolut Vodka, Havana Club, The Glenlivet and others. Jane has a passion for experiential marketing, live events and strategic trade marketing.

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Tom Warner
London Sales Manager and Key Accounts

With a huge passion towards creativity and ingenuity within the on trade, Tom is excited to have joined one of the most dynamic portfolio’s in the UK on trade.

Tom has spent his working life in and around the on trade. From promoting and managing venues in Nottingham, to spending four years as an account manager for Red Bull in the East Midlands and London respectively. Most recently Tom has opened up his own bar, The Brooklyn Social with colleagues in his home city of Derby.

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Sinead Lowe
SALES MANAGER - NORTH

Sinéad joins Love Drinks as Northern Sales Manager and is responsible for independent accounts throughout Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  She joins Love Drinks from the wholesaler LWC where she was responsible for national and key accounts.
She has spent most of her career working in various roles within the hospitality sector. Sinéad has plenty of drive and determination to work with the best in the business and she is delighted to be working with Love Drinks. She believes that her passion for the trade and commitment to delivering excellent customer service whilst at the same time, creating effective partnerships, is a sure fire way to deliver success.

Get in touch if you are in the North of England or Scotland and want to talk Love Drinks!

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Dean MacGregor
ACCOUNT MANAGER - EAST LONDON

Dean has worked within the hospitality industry for the past nine years, and has been involved in various aspects along the way.

From managing independent bars, hotel bars and events in the South West, to head bartender at Trailer Happiness in London, where he has joined us from; bringing his experience and enthusiasm with him.  Dean looks after accounts in London and is he also the El Dorado Rum Brand Ambassador for the UK.

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Toby Ballentyne
ACCOUNT MANAGER - SOUTH WEST LONDON & SOUTH COAST

 Toby has spent a total of four years working across a number of  hospitality sites including both restaurants and bars, doing most roles from silver service to cocktail shaking.

Toby is the on-trade account manager for South London and the South coast. He joined Love Drinks from Majestic Wine where for a further two years he worked in their London branches focusing on both retail and commercial clients.

He loves all things drinks, so if South London is your region, get in touch!