Meet the team

Say hello to our love drinks family

Kirsty Loveday, BEM

CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer!)

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!

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

Rachel Wright
UK Sales Manager

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.

Sinead Lowe
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: RETAIL & NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

Sinéad is the Retail Specialist and National Account Manager at Love Drinks

She joined the team 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.

Anne-Marie Clarke-Mills
Digital & PR Manager

Anne Marie is responsible for the digital and PR strategy at Love Drinks.  Her experience in the drinks industry includes working for one of the UK’s leading cocktail bar groups, where she was marketing manager with responsibility for brand activations, social media strategy and key campaigns.

Attracted to the company for it’s innovative approach to craft spirits and beers, Anne Marie vision is to invigorate Love Drinks’s digital presence.  She brings with energy and creativity to the Love Drinks team.

 

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.

Martin So
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: CENTRAL LONDON

Martin was brought up in hospitality and has over 14 years experience working in private members clubs and five star hotels. 

He has also led start up projects and training programmes, as well as building and developing brands in the UK.  Most recently, Martin has been instrumental in building up a retail division operationally and developing strategies and logistics for the group.

Dean MacGregor
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT 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 East London and is he also the El Dorado Rum Brand Ambassador for the UK.

Toby Ballentyne
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT 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!

Nick Wadeson
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: NORTH

Nick joined love Drinks after a career managing high-end cocktail bars, and more recently, managing the bar operations for a variety of large scale corporate and private events across the UK.

He is passionate about delivering fun and informative training sessions to bars on our brand portfolio, and collaborating on consumer and industry events. Nick looks after independent bars and small groups for the Midlands and the north of England, up to Scotland.

Customer Development Manager
Chris Brown
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: SCOTLAND

Chris joined the Love Drinks team after working the last five years in the hospitality sector.  He joins the company in a newly created role as the dedicated customer development manager for Scotland.

Born and raised in Scotland, Chris has worked in a variety of venues from high end private members golf clubs to the cocktail bars of Edinburgh. His most recent role was as bar manager for one of the busiest bars in the capital. Chris is the contact for the Love Drinks portfolio in Scotland.