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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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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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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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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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Nick Export Manager

Meet our globetrotter with a love of live music

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Nick is our globetrotting Export Manager, responsible for all of our International Sales. In the past, Nick has sold wine, chocolates and even lingerie! Nick is a music lover and can often be found at random concerts or playing his guitar (badly). When not travelling, he likes to spend time with his family and friends, eating and drinking!

Favourite Tipple: Negroni, made with Slingsby Rhubarb gin – a delicious twist on a classic!

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Wade Business Unit Controller

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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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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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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George Trade Marketing Executive

G&T and sports lover

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Having worked within the on-trade team for a couple of years, George has moved to use his skills in trade specific marketing. George supports our sales team by sourcing new and exciting point of sale items and resources. He also oversees our trade shows, ensuring we show off all that is great about our company. 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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Rebekha Marketing Executive

Meet our Marketing Exec, campaigning for an office pooch

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From beer to gin, Rebekha is an experienced alcohol marketeer (and drinker!). Supporting on all things marketing including campaigns, events and NPD, she also looks after media and keeps the company up to date on all industry goings on. At the weekend you can find Rebekha in spin class, babysitting pooches or visiting family and friends back home in Manchester.

 Favourite tipple – Slingsby Gooseberry Gin with Mediterranean tonic and a slice of apple


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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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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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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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Charlotte 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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Bronte Retail Sales Executive

Meet our festival loving, Retail Sales Executive, Bronte

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Bronte is one of the friendly faces based at our retail and experience store in Montpellier Quarter. She loves chatting to all the new customers that walk through the Spirit of Harrogate doors and is first to sample the new cocktails made by our team of mixologists. When she’s not working, Bronte is out walking her Labrador, Todd, or discovering new cities and music festivals.

 Favourite tipple: A Mojito using Slingsby London Dry Gin  

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