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

Claire Hall
National Accounts Manager - Grocery
Claire joins Love Drinks as National Account Manager for Grocery. Claire began her career 20 years ago at Bacardi Brown-Forman across a breadth of marketing and sales functions, covering route to market, convenience and grocery sectors. Claire then moved to Catalyst Brands as Business Unit Controller in grocery, bringing Aperol to the UK’s supermarkets and was awarded Waitrose’s Best in Class Alcohol Activation. For the last three years Claire has worked within the third space (festivals & events) as Commercial & Brand Partnership Controller at Peppermint Events (part of C&C group). She is looking forward to further developing the Love Drinks portfolio in the grocery sector.  

Email: claire@lovedrinks.co.uk

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.  

Email: sinead@lovedrinks.co.uk

Claudia Bradley
Customer Development Manager - Key Accounts
Claudia joins us as Customer Development Manager for Key Accounts. Claudia’s career started as Sales Account Manager for Matthew Clarke Wholesale where she worked in the on trade to develop the South Coast area. Claudia joins Love Drinks directly from Brewfitt Ltd where she took on an entrepreneurial role for Mr Fitz Aqua Spritz focusing on the premium on trade and national accounts.  

Email: claudia@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

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.  

Email: martin@lovedrinks.co.uk

Ray Silins
Customer Development Manager - South
Ray has over 13 years of cocktail bar tendering experience and within that time has picked various industry awards. Ray joins us to continue to drive a luxury spirits movement. His exposure to so many sides of the industry means that he’ll be a useful asset to the bars and bartenders of South West, South East London and many other cities including Bath, Bristol, Brighton and Cardiff.

Email: ray@lovedrinks.co.uk