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

Andres Gonzales
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - LONDON
Incredibly well known in the trade with vast experience running and managing bars, carrying out drinks training, consulting plus driving sales and distribution for a wide range of brands in the ON-trade, Andres joins the Love Drinks family. Andres’ knowledge, experience and personality made him the standout candidate and an unbelievable fit for our business, so we’re excited and very lucky to have him as part of our team.” Born in Mexico brought up in Colombia, Andres first moved to the UK in 2008 where he studied for his diploma at West London College in Hotel Management. With an impressive CV, Andres went on to work at the likes of Dirty Martini, City Zebrano, Drake & Morgan’s Devonshire Terrace, Bloomsbury Leisure Group and Merchant’s Hearts (Suntory).

Email andres@lovedrinks.co.uk

Rachel Wright
Senior 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

Elisha Savage
Customer Development Manager – North West & Midlands
Elisha has over 6 years in account management experience working in a variety of event sectors alongside bars, restaurants and hotels. Joining Love Drinks is an incredible venture and she cannot wait to get out there and introduce people to the fine brands Love Drinks' hold. Elisha will be a useful asset to the bars and bartenders of the North, including the major cities, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.

Email Elisha@lovedrinks.co.uk

Brendan Phillips
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - SCOTLAND (and AMAZON)
Born in Warrington in 1986, before moving to Scotland in the mid-2000’s, Brendan has managed hospitality venues for operators such as Hilton and the cult Glasgow bar Gumbo. He operated on the brand side managing Hotsauce Drinks, worked as a drink buyer for Dunns Food and Drink and has also been successful in various business and category development roles. Outside of his work, Brendan is currently completing a degree in Business Management & Economics and enjoys hiking and outdoor activities. When not outdoors or studying, Brendan can currently be found trying to lead FC Lausanne to their first Champions League victory on Football Manager, much to the chagrin of his wife.

Email Brendan@lovedrinks.co.uk

John Davies
Key Account Manager
John has over twenty years of broad experience within the UK drinks industry having worked with the likes of Amathus Drinks, Accolade Wines, Enotria & Coe and Carlsberg. John’s passion for the industry and consultative sales approach will be beneficial in the role of Key Account Manager. Away from work, John’s idea of a quiet night in is enjoying a Tommy’s Margarita while playing the piano to hopefully appreciative neighbours.

Email John@lovedrinks.co.uk

Vivien Crook
Finance Manager
Vivien is a highly attentive finance professional with over 7.5 years of finance experience, including 5 years in the fine wine and spirit industry where I worked as a Finance Manager. She hold an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and has always worked within SMEs, so has lots of experience and initiative to bring success to the company. Away from work Vivien love travelling and enjoying culinary experiences.
Fatou Cisse
Finance Assistant
Fatou has joined our busy accounts department on a part time basis, compacting her day with order processing and supporting finance. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Fatou speaks fluent English and French, has a degree in Accounting and Finance, is a busy mother of two and currently studying part time towards her ACCA. Fatou is very happy to be part of Love Drinks and working with an incredible team.
Sam Houston
Love Drinks Partner - PR Manager
Sam had been working for a London-based food and drink specialist PR agency as Account Director for 7 years, prior to setting up Hungry Communications on his own in 2012. Hungry now has a small core team (siblings Sam, Jack and Hannah) and only works with food and drink companies, brands and associations. Sam and the team at Hungry Communications have been working with Love Drinks since 2019.

Email sam@hungrycommunications.co.uk

Grant Appleton
Love Drinks Partner - Social Media Manager
Grant hails from South Africa. With a 25 year background in sales and marketing within the hospitality industry, he has worked in social media marketing for the past 10 years working with a number of emerging drinks brands, restaurants and bars to expand their core marketing reach and to build their customer base. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, a giant schnauzer and three sons.