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Marcus Joint Founder & Managing Director

An accountant by trade with a love for alcohol

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Bored of spreadsheets, Marcus moved over to the exciting world of alcohol 10 years ago. Lover of all sports, cars and distilled beverages, Marcus enjoys spending time with his family and is head coach of his local Rugby Union U10 side. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin with Aromatic Tonic

 

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Mike Joint Founder & Managing Director

Proud Yorkshire family man, lover of rugby, drinker of anything

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A qualified chemist who has worked in the drinks industry for over three decades before co-founding the Spirit of Harrogate. He is the driving force in new product development and has a heavy involvement in the creativity, design and delivery of our range. Mike is big animal lover who enjoys taking long walks in the countryside with his dog Tux. He is also an avid rugby fan and a huge Leeds Rhinos fanatic. You'll often find him cheering on the team at Headingley stadium.  

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin with San Pellegrino sparkling grapefruit

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Clare Marketing Director

Part-time taxi driver, lover of Harrogate and all gin based cocktails

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Clare is responsible for the Marketing division at Spirit of Harrogate. She is in charge of developing the marketing strategy for the business and each of our products. She lives in Harrogate with hubby Chris and can often be seen driving around Harrogate in the Slingsby Landy providing a free taxi service to her 4 children. Clare loves walking her dogs, sunshine and eating anything with prawns!

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with Elderflower tonic garnished with frozen raspberries and fresh mint from the garden

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Tony Sales Director

Meet our Top Dog of sales

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Tony is responsible for the Sales Team and looks after some of the larger retail accounts. His past sales experience covers various categories including non-food, frozen, dairy and soft drinks (although the categories involving alcohol are by far his favourite). He loves the sunshine and visiting new places so you'll often find him in the office sporting a rather nice tan. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby London Dry Gin with Fever-Tree Indian tonic water and garnished with pink grapefruit and blueberries 

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Chris Finance Director

Lover of spreadsheets and hater of Mondays

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Responsible for the finance function focusing on providing accurate and timely financial information and commercial insight. He moved to Yorkshire 7 years ago and lives just outside Ripon with his wife and three sons. He can mainly be found providing an efficient taxi service at the weekends whilst trying to find the time to support his team Norwich City.

Favourite Tipple: Espresso Martini (made with Slingsby Vodka of course)

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Val Product Development Manager

Meet the mastermind behind our drinks

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Val has worked with alcoholic drinks for most of her working life and is the creative mastermind behind our drinks. An avid St Helens RLFC fan, you will find her at most games home and away. She also loves cooking and holidaying in Turkey with husband Baz.  

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin with Aromatic Tonic

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Wade National Sales Manager

Father of the twins and Liverpool FC obsessive

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Spreading Slingsby love across the bars means Wade is usually away from home a couple of nights a week. When back at home, he has his hands full with twins Arthur & Rupert. He loves football, is a season ticket holder at Anfield and has travelled across Europe supporting the Red Men. 

Favourite tipple: Bramble cocktail using Slingsby London Dry Gin, naturally

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Ben Project Manager

Master of projects and lover of a BBQ

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Having responsibility for all our special projects with two very creative founders, means that Ben is kept extremely busy. He recently managed the extension and fitting of our store and experience and is working on an exciting new project - watch this space. Ben loves a good BBQ and having previously owned his own milkshake stores, makes a mean boozy shake! 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with Thomas Henry grapefruit lemonade 

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Amy Marketing Manager

Straight talking, foodie and lover of cats

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Devising brand plans and coming up with epic campaigns means no day is a dull day for Amy. She also looks after branding and new product development projects which means you will often find her in our founders offices arguing over the colour of our next bottle! Amy loves travelling, has a rather impressive gin collection and is mother to two Siamese cats. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Bramble cocktail 

 

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Charlotte Business Operations Manager

Travel lover who is a big fan of a to do list

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Charlotte oversees the day-to-day running of the business. She keeps us on track by putting controls and processes in place ensuring these are implemented across the business. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, good food, travel and keeping fit.

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Gin topped with processo and garnished with a fresh raspberry 

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Gemma Customer Relationship Manager

Customer service champion with a competitive streak

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Gemma oversees the team at our store and experience, making sure our customers receive the very highest level of customer service. Whether this be when you pop into the shop to sample our wonderful gins, or when enjoying the delights of our gin experiences. A Yorkshire girl at heart, when not found at the store, Gemma can be found clay pigeon shooting, or gallivanting around the Yorkshire countryside on horseback.

Favourite Tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with Mediterranean Tonic

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George Brand Executive

G&T and sports lover

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Working the bars and restaurants across Yorkshire, George has a job envied by all of his friends. He has got Slingsby listed in the majority of bars and enjoys keeping the relationship alive by popping in for a gin or two (or three, or four). He is a huge Newcastle United supporter and loves international rugby. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin with pink grapefruit tonic

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Hannah Brand Executive

Explorer with a passion for yoga

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Hannah looks after Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds and works hard to spread the Slingsby word across her areas. She previously managed a popular champagne bar in Leeds so is well equipped to deal with the trade. She loves travelling and exploring new places and has recently arrived back from visiting Vietnam. She has a passion for cooking and has taken a course in yoga. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Rhubarb Gin with ginger beer

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Jonny Brand Executive

Slingsby ambassador who hates the misuse of the English language

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You will find Jonny driving up down the country stopping off to get Slingsby listed behind the bars. He loves playing golf and going on ski holidays. Jonny also has a special talent for impressions!  

Favourite tipple: Slingsby London Dry with Indian Tonic Water - an absolute classic (out of a teacup)

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Georgina Senior Marketing Executive

Our glamorous curator of events

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Managing our busy schedule of events means that Georgina is often travelling up and down the country. She also looks after advertising which is of great importance as we want more and more people to try our products! She loves being in the countryside sporting some tweed and wellies, although you will often find her in the office in the same getup. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin and Aromatic tonic

 

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Lucy Retail Supervisor

Gym bunnie with a hidden talent for opera singing

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Lucy looks after our Spirit of Harrogate retail section. If you pop in you will be marvelled by the passion she has for the Slingsby brand and her knowledge of gin. If you visit the store she will be more than happy to talk you through the full range with a mini sampling session. A classically trained singer, you will often hear her singing around the store, our very own Katherine Jenkins! She loves going to the gym, dogs and Instagramming. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Ey Up Rhubarb cocktail 

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Louise Mixologist

Cocktail curator and lover of fine dining

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You will find Louise running our Gin Experiences in Harrogate. She is also the mastermind behind some of our amazing cocktail recipes. She is a massive foodie and loves to wine and dine. If she is not enjoying a fine dining experience you will find her throwing herself down a mountain on a pair of skis or sailing around the Mediterranean sea sipping a spa town cosmo.

Favourite tipple: Slingsby London Dry Gin with Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil tonic 

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Alex Mixologist

Cocktail master with the gift of the gab

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Alex runs our Gin Experiences and also travels the country hosting experiences at our partner venues. If you have been on one of our experiences, you will know that Alex has an impressive knowledge of gin and once he starts talking, it can be difficult to get him to stop! He has worked in the cocktail industry for many years and is the creator of some of our incredible cocktails. Alex loves to go to the gym and on long walks with his dog Williams, but his favourite activity is sleeping!

Favourite tipple: Negroni using Slingsby Navy Strength Gin 

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Sam Retail Assistant

Customer service whizz and lover of sausage dogs

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Sam works in our retail store in Harrogate although you will often find him hosting our gin experiences. He has been working in retail since he was 14 and is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service. He is very creative having completed a course in graphic design and occasionally assists Team Marketing with his creative expertise. Sam loves his rugby and is currently saving up to buy a sausage dog! 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength Gin with grapefruit tonic 

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Charlotte K Retail Assistant

Meet our glamorous retail assistant

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Charlotte works in our retail store in Harrogate, although you will often find her helping out at our Gin Experiences or travelling up and down the UK working our shows and events. She has a passion for gin and loves nothing more than helping people find their perfect serve. She loves to keep fit, long walks around Harrogate with her dog and exploring new places.

Favourite tipple: Espresso Martini using Slingsby Vodka 

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Rosetta Placement Student

Meet our outdoorsy placement student

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Rosetta is our placement student. Working in the marketing department she helps to keep our social media accounts full of new recipes and exciting ideas. You’ll also see her all over the country at events representing (and sipping) Slingsby, being the envy of all her course mates. When she’s not in Harrogate doing all things gin, she’s at home in Norfolk riding her horse or planning her next ski trip. 

Favourite tipple: Slingsby Navy Strength with Grapefruit Lemonade

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