Meet The Team

The management team at KBE Drinks brings a wealth of experience gained in a wide range of global businesses such as Heineken, innocent and GSK.

Shaun Goode

Sales Director

Simon Gretton

Finance Director

Kate Stew

Head of Operations

John Price

Head of Marketing

Karen Murray

HR Manager

Shaun Goode

Sales Director

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.

Simon Gretton

Finance Director

Simon joined the KBE team as Finance Director in February 2020. Simon and his team manage all financial aspects of the business and are an integral part of the business’ desire to continue its journey of growth. Simon qualified with CIMA in 1999 and since 2006 has held a variety of FD equivalent positions, primarily within the FMCG sector. Simon enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and his love for all things football as well as being a founder trustee of a grant-giving charity in Kent keeps him busy and energised.

Kate Stew

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.

John Price

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!

Karen Murray

HR Manager

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.