Meet the team – Love Drinks

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
Managing Director
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 Love Drinks team in their delivery of Love Drinks’s bold growth ambitions.  

Email: samantha@lovedrinks.co.uk

Rachel Wright
National Accounts Manager: On-Trade
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.  

Email: rachel@lovedrinks.co.uk

Ellie Jones
Marketing Manager
Ellie Jones begun her career with Coe Vintners, she has worked across Wholesale, On-Trade and Off-Trade channels and built excellent working relationships with key stakeholders over the last nine years. Completing her Professional Diploma in Marketing with CIM in 2016, Ellie moved from trade marketing into a brand management role with boutique drinks distributor Indie Brands. Whilst in this position, Ellie successfully nurtured a large range of premium spirits bringing a wealth of experience to the Love Drinks team.  

Email: ellie@lovedrinks.co.uk

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.  

Email: chris@lovedrinks.co.uk

Jamie Kimber
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: CENTRAL LONDON

Jamie has always worked within the hospitality industry, working in and managing venues in Oxford, and London ranging from high volume cocktail led venues to private members bars and fine dining restaurants.

Jamie learned his trade at the legendary Raoul’s in Oxford before moving to work for the iconic Match Bar Group in London, All Star Lanes, LAB, SushiSamba, Meat Liquor, and Trailer Happiness. Joining Love Drinks is an amazing opportunity, and he can not wait to introduce people to the amazing brands within the portfolio. Email: jamie@lovedrinks.co.uk
Hatty Dawson
Customer Development Manager: South & South Coast
Hatty joins the Love Drinks team as the new customer development manager for the South. She's lived in Brighton for the last nine years, after she finished her Masters at University of Sussex she spent two years at Majestic Wine where she completed my WSET: Level 3 and her most recent role was the Brighton Business Development Executive for Amathus. Email: hatty@lovedrinks.co.uk
Antony Pearman
Customer Development Manager: North
Antony has spent most of his life in the hospitality industry. He has gained experience as a bartender in Newcastle and furthermore in Manchester where his passion and knowledge of drinks and the trade developed.  Joining Love Drinks is an incredible venture and he cannot wait to get out there and introduce people to the fine brands Love Drinks' hold.  He will be a useful asset to the bars and bartenders of the North, including the major cities, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

Email: antony@lovedrinks.co.uk

Oliver Carolan
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER: EAST LONDON

Oliver has over 11 years in hospitality industry, having worked nationally and internationally. 

He has experience within  pubs, small bars, larger chain bar/restaurants, specialised themed cocktails and even Michelin starred fine dining. This exposure allowed him to gain a unique perspective of the industry and he looks forward to assisting in both brand and venue development.

Email: oliver@lovedrinks.co.uk