Chief Operating Officer
Shaun has 24 years of experience within the drinks sector and joined KBE as Sales Director in October 2017. He is responsible for a team of 17, covering all sales channels within the UK and Brand Exports into Europe and the UAE. On leaving college, Shaun started his working life in Corporate Banking before deciding that a career in selling beer was a far better proposition! He joined Courage Brewery in 1993 working through the mergers that followed with both Scottish & Newcastle and Heineken in numerous senior sales roles before becoming Commercial Director for the Wine & Spirit division of C&C Group plc in 2013. Spending quality time with family and socialising with friends is a real passion for Shaun, as well as his love of football, golf and horse racing.
Head of Operations
Kate joined KBE in 2005 and has been leading the operations function since 2007. Kate and her team oversee full business support to include complete supply chain, import and export of goods, technical services and customer support. Kate graduated from Canterbury Technical College with a Diploma in Business and Finance. Prior to joining KBE, Kate spent 8 years working in a variety of Buying, Supply Chain and Logistics roles at various packaging companies. Outside of work Kate can often be found pursuing her love of dance or spending time with family and friends.
Head of Marketing
John has been Head of Marketing at KBE Drinks since joining the business in 2013. Having relaunched Kingfisher with new packaging and brand identity, John has then played an integral part in identifying and recruiting exciting new brands into the business. In 2002 John received his MBA from Southampton University Business School, which has helped him become an unusually commercial marketer. Since then he has worked on some of the UK’s most iconic brands including innocent, Ribena and Sugar Puffs. Not forgetting two glamourous years as Brand Manager of Bazuka that Verruca!
Head of People
Karen joined KBE in 2019 to establish a HR function and support the business growth. Having spent 15 years working within both the private and public sector, she is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. Outside of work, Karen enjoys exercise and spending time with her young family.
Dave joined KBE as Sales Director in 2023. Starting his career in wine, he then moved into champagne, spirits and beer, working in the UK, France and Spain. Having over 15+ years’ experience in the drinks industry, he has successfully been driving sales and motivating teams across the On Trade, Off Trade, and Export markets working for a host of global leading companies including Cellar Trends, ABUK, Champagne Duval-Leroy and Grupo Codorníu. Outside of work Dave enjoys food, drink and travel, as well spending time with the family.
Neil has been Finance Director at KBE Drinks since joining the business in 2023. Neil qualified as a CIMA Associate Member in 2013 and since 2021 has become a FCMA – CIMA Fellowship Member. He joined the business due to the innovative, agile, and progressive company with a great team spirit. Outside of work, Neil enjoys playing football ("You're never too old to enjoy a kick about"), but also enjoys spending time with family, relaxing at Norfolk coast and planning future holidays.