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
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.

Rachel Doherty
Key Accounts Manager
An original Irish export, Rachel has spent most of the past 12 years living in London where her passion for brands has seen her specialise in product launches and brand growth acceleration within the technology, soft drinks, food and lifestyle sectors.  In recent years she's focused on the dark spirits category with one of the UK's leading whisk(e)y distributors. Attracted by the company's entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic approach to the on-trade, Rachel's a true ambassador of the Love Drinks philosophy and looks forward to sharing the message far and wide, be it on foot or from the saddle of her trusty Harley Davidson!
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.

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.
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.