Meet The Commercial Team

I started The Craft Drink Co in 2014, having noted a distinct lack of distribution support for local drink producers, and in our first year we helped 12 drink brands find quite a few new trade customers. Our business has grown since then and we now work closely with around 150 drink producers from Central England, helping them to reach both retail stockists and hospitality businesses. We supply around 800 independent outlets across our region with a professional and highly service-led drinks wholesale offering, helping these trade business source amazing drinks, and subsequently purchase ongoing through our weekly delivery pattern.

Away from work (albeit rarely!) I spend time with my family, play tennis and endeavour to keep the pounds off whilst continuing to search for more great drinks. Someone has to do it! I have many favourites and occasionally return to Gloucester Gold or Cotswolds Dry Gin, but more likely I’ll be trying something new every day.

Richard Chamberlain - Founder & MD

Henry Leonard Purchasing & Producer Liaison Manager
I joined in June 2016 assisting in the warehouse and driving team. I now handle our purchasing and liaise regularly with all the wonderful drinks producers we work with. I enjoy playing cricket and golf, also following national hunt horse racing, all of which allow me to enjoy the great drinks on offer across our region! It is very hard to select a favourite from our portfolio, but Pearson’s Medium Dry Cider, Wood Bros Single Estate Gin and Yubberton Brew Co Goldie are up there!
Sarah Ellis Customer Service Executive
I have been working with The Craft Drink Co. almost since the beginning, joining in 2015 from Daylesford Organic Farmshop and before that, working for Richard at the Cotswold Food Store. I am passionate about all things Food & Drink and enjoy cooking for friends and family. I am currently studying for my WSET Wine & Spirits Diploma. My ‘go to’ drink is a G&T made with 6 O’Clock Gin and Mediterranean Tonic.
Rebecca Crane Customer Service Executive
I joined in October 2018 in a sales and customer services role. If I had time out of work that didn’t involve the kids and the house the list would be endless! As it is, I enjoy walks with the family (and now the dog) baking cakes (especially for work colleagues) and having my annual holiday in Italy. I love travelling to Cornwall especially St Ives! I love the Salcombe limited Island Queen Voyager and Warner’s Raspberry gin.
Rebecca Starnes Marketing & Communications Executive
I joined The Craft Drink Co. in April 2019 as Marketing and Communications Executive taking on an exciting and challenging role in both print and digital marketing. Outside of work I like to write, paint, play sport, race cars and explore the plethora of local food and drink across our region. My favourite drinks from the catalogue would be Warner’s Raspberry Gin, Burning Barn Honey & Rum and Cotswolds’ Distillery Cream Liqueur
Sally Booth Customer Development
I joined in September 2019, moving from a sales role at a cider and wine producer selling to Craft. I love introducing people to new drinks and passing on that knowledge to help the end customer in making their decision. I enjoy nights out eating and drinking, pub quizzes, walking dogs and gardening with my hens at my side. I’m currently drinking my way through Craft’s fab range of gins and I love a pale ale, but my favourite is a glass of Sixteen Ridges English sparkling wine!
Jonathan Oldershaw Customer Development
I joined The Craft Drink Co in Sept 2019 with a background in sales and retail. I’ve lived in Moldova, Ukraine and New Zealand, but now live around the Oxon/Bucks/Northants border covering our ‘East’ region. I love all things rugby, football, sailing and cricket, exploring the great outdoors, and of course the odd tipple. My favourite beer is currently anything Gun Dog Ales although I’m enjoying re-discovering Hook Norton and Chadlington. Burning Barn Rum is a real pleaser too!

Meet The Operations & Logistics Team

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Richard Goodman Warehouse Manager
I joined The Craft Drink Co. at the beginning of September 2017 as a warehouse/relief driver, immediately feeling at home in the small but friendly team. Once we moved to the larger premises in Bourton on the Water in October 2018, I acquired the honorary title of Warehouse Manager. Away from work I play golf and have an interest in horse racing being a member of the Elite Racing Club. I like a glass of wine at the end of the day but also enjoy a beer – Butcombe Original is one of many we have!
Grant Morris Operations Manager
I started the Craft Drink Co. in September 2018 as Operations Manager to help Richard Goodman with the logistics and supervision of all warehouse activities. Prior to this, I have spent 40 years in the drinks trade in various positions. It has been interesting and exciting to see the rapid growth from our old site at Draycott to the new larger depot in Bourton-on-the-water. In my spare time I enjoy playing badminton, walking and gardening. My favourite drink from the catalogue is Cotswold Single Malt.
Luke Udell Driver and Warehouse Assistant
I joined the team in July 2019 as a Warehouse Operative and relief Delivery Driver. During my spare time I love to play football and golf and enjoy spending as much time as possible with my 3-year-old daughter. My favourite tipple is the Cotswold Premium Lager.
Shaun Bleakley Driver and Warehouse Assistant
I am a driver and warehouse assistant who joined The Craft Drink Co. in June 2017. My primary role is delivering our range of drinks to our various customers and collecting from producers, and my secondary role is helping in the warehouse with loading/unloading and picking. My main interests outside of work are national hunt horseracing and socialising! My favourite drinks from our catalogue are Purity UBU and Cotswold Best beers, Cotswold Cream Liqueur and Burning Barn Honey & Rum.
Mike Herd Driver and Warehouse Assistant
I joined The Craft Drink Co. at the beginning of June 2019 as a Driver/Warehouse Assistant bringing a passion for delivering excellent customer service levels. I live in Tewkesbury with my fiancé Clare, energetic dog Lola and, occasionally, with my 20 and 24-year-old son’s, who are prone to turn up for a few days…particularly when hungry! I am a keen walker and enjoy travelling and watching most sports. My favourite tipple at the end of the day is a good Gin & Tonic. I particularly like the 6 O'clock Gin.
Marcin Skotniczny Driver and Warehouse Assistant
I joined The Craft Drink Co. team in July 2017 as a van driver and warehouse assistant. I like getting to know lots of our customers and brands when out in my van each day. When I am not at work, I like playing pool and watching football, whilst drinking beer with my friends. I like lots of the drinks we sell but my favourites are Wiper and True IPA and Pale Ale, Cotswold Brew Co Premium and 3.8 lagers and the Burning Barn rums.
Jonathan Watson Warehouse Assistant & Relief Driver
I joined The Craft Drink Co in September 2019 as a warehouse assistant and relief driver. My primary role is helping in the warehouse with loading/unloading and picking. My main interests outside of work are road cycling, tennis and squash. I like walking with the family and finding a good pub en route. My favourite drinks from our catalogue are Wye Valley HPA and Cotswolds Distillery Dry Gin.

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