I joined the family business at an unripe age of 16, in 1986. Learning from the very bottom up (and yes, I did sweep the floors and stack shelves), I very quickly developed a passion for the business, and the industry we are in.

Whenever it is commented on how I have developed the business, and made it as successful as it is today, I point out it is my Father, Tony, who did all the hard work in starting the business from scratch, developing supplier relationships and creating a business known for its customer service. Many a time I would hear Tony say ‘Nothing is too much trouble’! It’s from Tony I have learnt how important integrity is, and this has been the bedrock for our company values.

Having always had great enthusiasm for exceptional customer service, my most enjoyable moments are when I have the opportunity to exceed our customer’s expectations.

I believe that a strong team is the most important part of any business, and that is why I am so delighted with the people I work alongside.

A bit about me....

I have been married to Lucy since 2000, and have two beautiful girls, and a fabulous son. We spend as much time as we can at Abersoch, where I enjoy fishing, water skiing, and towing my children and their friends in a ‘donut’.

Whenever I can, I love to be out on one of my bikes, (Road or Mountain), around the leafy Cheshire Lanes, either with my children or friends. I also enjoy playing the Piano, and that is why I am still having lessons after 15 years.

Occasionally I manage to get to The Lake District where I like to get up on top of the Mountains, or pedal around the Lakes on my Mountain Bike.

Charlotte Gilley (nee Hammond)
Senior Accounts Executive

Charlotte has been part of the family business for over 20 years and is the daughter of Tony and sister to Jonathan. Although Charlotte now spends much of her time working on her charitable foundation, "Maverick Stars Trust" which provides sports facilities to under privileged children. Luckily for us, Charlotte still finds time to come into the office regularly when needed. Charlotte oversees training of new staff and assists Jonathan in all aspects of the business. Charlotte is a hugely valued part of the company now, and has been a big part of its history.

A bit about me...

I have recently found a great love for sport, triathlons and boxing as i'm always looking for a new goal to work towards. When not working or training, I love spending time with my family and my dogs, Ollie and Meg. Other than that you’ll most likely find me on Abersoch beach!

Danny Appleton
Commercial Director

Danny joined Hammonds in April 2013, prior to which he spent 12 years working in Private Equity and Corporate Acquisition Banking in Manchester.

This is where Danny got to know Jonathan and the business, latterly providing some banking facilities for Hammonds, whilst at Santander PLC. It was at the same time Jonathan was looking for someone to work alongside him as the business continued to develop and grow. Danny eagerly offered his services and is now heavily involved in all aspects of the business, working closely with Jonathan on a day-to-day basis.

A bit about me....

When I’m not working, I try to spend as much of my spare time with my wife Leah and 2 children Darcey & Reese. I enjoy all sport, but in particular football. I am an avid Manchester City fan, and enjoy going to as many games as possible.

Iain Jack
Wholesale Sales Director

Iain has worked with Hammonds since January 2005. Iain deals with all aspects of our wholesale business along with our transport requirements. He primarily works away from the office on the road visiting and negotiating with our wholesale customers and looking for any reciprocal trading opportunities.

A bit about me...

I have worked within the drinks industry for almost 30 years. I trained in hotel management and have an extensive knowledge and experience within the Free trade arena, running my own outlet for a time in Holland. Following this adventure I worked within the Free trade and Wholesale environments with Carlsberg UK before moving to join Hammonds. In my spare time I am a keen photographer and love to go fly fishing.. I’ve been married to my wife, Jan since 1998 and have a daughter in her 20’s. My other interests include skiing, golf and rugby, the later as a spectator!

Larry Watts
UK Business Manager (Wholesale and Off Trade)

Larry is a very experienced structured professional account manager, who has a proven track record of success within the wholesale market. Larry’s time is divided between the office and the road, always enthusiastic Larry is a true team member and lends a hand whenever he can.

A bit about me...

I love to travel with my wife, I have visited many countries and love weekends away I enjoy all sport and take a keen interest in football and golf.

Hilary Bagnall
Business Development Executive Chester, Cheshire and The Wirral

Hilary re-joined the Hammonds team in July 2011 having worked for Tony back in 1984. Hilary has had an extensive, diverse career, she is a qualified formulation chemist and worked in the photographic industry for 16 years, her previous position was as a strategic IT buyer for Cheshire Police. Hilary is involved in all aspects of running the business to include buying, selling, business development and staff management. Hilary is currently studying for the MCIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) qualification.

A bit about me...

I enjoy horse racing and love to get dressed up and attend race meetings. I also have a passion for teddy bears and have a very large collection (too many to count) my favourite being the TY Beaniebear variety, I am also willing to give any lone bears a good home! I have joined the large number of people that cycle to work, although only when the sun shines!

Paul Briscoe
National Account Manager

Paul joined our team in 2018 to look after our largest multiple grocers and national accounts. He comes with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge. We feel very lucky to have welcomed him to our continually growing team!

A bit about me...

I have been fortunate to have worked in the drinks trade since 2001, with just 1 year outside of the industry selling toothpaste! I have worked for a number of global brands in my career, and actually met my wife at a rather large Dutch brewer. I have covered all UK channels of trade, and managed nearly all of the UKs national businesses, as well as working in the AsiaPac region for a couple of years. I have 2 young children, and so my time outside of work is largely spent entertaining them. If I do get any free time I like to reacquaint myself with my golf clubs.

Lucy Vickers
Business Development Executive Sheffield & Derbyshire

Lucy joined the team at Hammonds in August 2015. Starting as an office administrator Lucy was quickly made busy with a variety of jobs, since a move back home to Sheffield Lucy has taken on a new role in sales covering Sheffield and Derbyshire and is relishing the chance of making new customers, and expanding sales as she enjoyed based from the office previously. Lucy is a great team member a pleasure to have around, and always happy to share her knowledge in the office when needed.

A bit about me...

Since relocating back to Sheffield for my partners work I enjoy socialising with my friends, meeting new people and love spending time with my family, especially my two sisters. I love travelling and discovering new places but still have many more to tick off my list!

Mat Marshall
Business Development Executive Manchester City Centre

Mat came to us after managing several successful city centre bars in Manchester and London. Mat brings invaluable product and mixology knowledge to the role. Mat is an excellent networker and cocktail connoisseur. Mat looks after city centre bars and some of our most prestigious customers in the North West and London.

A bit about me…

I've spent years working behind bars up and down the country and have a weakness for a good Daiquiri. Over the years I've gotten into my cooking and especially all things Sushi related. I spend my spare time walking my hyperactive Pomeranian, and trying any new adrenaline junkie sport - the latest being snowboarding!

Tony Maguiness
Business Development Executive Scotland & The Borders

Tony joined Hammonds as a consultant in February 2018 to develop new Agency Brands business through new RTM primarily in Scotland and with Specialist Wholesale and Retail Multi Site Operators UK wide. Tony had previously supplied Hammonds and liked what the sales team did developing  unique Specialist Spirits in the On and Off Trade. Tony says he is delighted to now be part of the HOK team.

A bit about me...

I have been fortunate to work in the UK Drinks Industry for many years employed by the National Brewers and Spirit companies working in all sectors of the On and Off Trade. I have many interests and like to walk and read.

Debi Ladanowski
Business Development Executive

Debbie joined Hammonds in January 2017 to develop the Agency Portfolio within specialist retailers. Hammonds had previously been a customer of hers for 5 years where she worked as a Regional Account Manager for the On Trade for a large International business, Jonathan and Debbie had an excellent relationship and was eager to join our team.

A bit about me...

Working full time and having 3 boys with ever growing social schedules and football games leaves little time for anything else other than a good Gin or two and a fabulous family holiday once a year! I am all about the social scene and an invitation to almost anywhere with great company is always appreciated, I suppose that’s why I enjoy my job so much as I get to meet so many new, interesting people.

Nick Reed
Business Development Executive Cheshire & Stafforshire

Nick joined us in June 2000 to develop the on-trade and assist in selecting wines to tantalise the taste buds for our clients. With a long standing background in the industry, over the years Nick's palate has been finely tuned! His experience in the field and in the tasting rooms both here and abroad has cultivated a sincere and professional approach to the business, which mirrors our values. We know that Nick's long suffering wife Jane tolerates him being contactable from 9 am - 10 pm.

A bit about me...

To switch off from work, guess what? I enjoy a good glass of wine or two with a nice meal, and occasionally work it off at the gym. I love to follow my beloved team 'Spurs' and walk our cheeky poodles 'Freddie & Henry' not forgetting of course, spending time with our four grown-up children.

Heather Kirk
Business Development Manager & Marketing

Heather has recently joined the Hammonds team having worked in the International hospitality businesses on trade and specialty wholesale. Heather lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore in the drinks industry and has owned her own pub in Dorset. Heather has traveled to vineyards worldwide wine tasting and has followed her passion and qualified in her WSET 3 and would like to study further.

A bit about me...

I love taking my springer spaniel for a walk and enjoy open-water swimming competitions and live to travel and taste new wines. 

Simon Hobday

Simon (Magic) joined Hammonds in May 2006.  He works mainly in the sales office with his knowledge and skill in most office procedures is invaluable to the team. Being a qualified FLT Driver and having a background in warehouse practice he is a great asset to the warehouse when they are busy or short staffed.

A bit about me...

My main passion is Magic (hence the name magic) I have been performing magic at weekends and evenings for over  17 years and am a member of the Magic Circle, performing magic from children`s parties to weddings, birthdays and family celebrations  and corporate events. If you own or manage a bar /restaurant or hosting an event and want something different to entertain your guests or have a private function give me a call –  I also know a good wine and spirit supplier.

Karen Rattray

Karen (kaz) joined Hammonds in January 2006. Karen is probably the first voice you here when you give us a call! She is part of the main sales office team that keeps the company running smoothly. Kaz processes orders, sorts through hundreds of emails and keeps the pallet transport system running smoothly. Karen has maintained excellent relationships with our delivery companies and enjoys helping out with marketing ideas.

A bit about me....
I am not your average girl, I have a passion for Tattoos, expensive cars, and my ever expanding shoe collection!
I have been to the British Grand Prix, Le Mans several times and the Isle of Man TT and have many more on my wish list. I have three gorgeous Black Cocker Spaniels, Remmy, Tia & Alfie who I adore. I love socialising with friends, and I’ve found a new passion for the gym.

Tracey Kilroy

Tracey joined Hammond's in 2019 and is the newest member of the office team. Tracey processes lots of orders and is responsible for organising and overseeing our van delivery service. Tracey has a background in print design and is looking forward to new challenges helping out in other departments of the office. 

A bit about me...

I am a mother of two gorgeous girls and a crazy little rescue dog called Olaf, I love spending time with my friends and family and consider them everything. I've suddenly discovered a taste for gin... who knew there were so many to choose from! Cheers! 

Marvin Hall
Administrator & Event Co-Ordinator

A Friend of Jonathan's for over 30 years, "Marv" joined Hammonds on a part time basis in early 2018 – part time quickly became full time as Marvin’s abilities were realised. From helping in the Warehouse and the office, Marv has become the ‘Go To’ man to get jobs done. Our expanding portfolio has meant more and more trade shows, and Marv is the man who looks after logistics and planning of our trips to trade shows in the UK and Europe. There’s not a lot that Marv won’t take on within the business and is a valuable member of the team.

A bit about me...

When not working I can usually be found at the side of a racetrack in the UK or Europe with my cameras, having done Motorsport photography on a semi-professional basis for over 12 years i've managed to travel extensively and visited many places I could only previously dream of.
Now I’m getting older, I like nothing more than walks with my wife and our Greyhound, usually culminating in a pub for lunch somewhere.

Lucy Twigg
Personal Assistant

If you ever visit our office Lucy is the one you’ll see running between offices, getting lots of jobs done. Lucy has become an essential team member assisting Johnny and Danny and helping the office run like a well-oiled machine. Lucy helps to train new staff on company procedure and has taken on a very busy and varied role.

A bit about me...

When I’m not working I love… shopping! Retail therapy in Manchester is one of my favourite past times. I also love spending any free time looking after my two young nephews.

Barbara Chiu
Business Strategy Manager

With an International background in the luxury goods and FMCG industry, Barbara has flown round the globe leading meetings on marketing strategies,  We were delighted Barbara accepted a position with us in August 2018 and having someone who is multilingual is a huge asset to our team.

A bit about me...

I am totally up for good food and drinks, challenge me! Besides that I love art, product designing, yoga, hiking, cycling, photography and spending quality time with my lovely family and friends.

Steve Hitchen
Warehouse Manager

Steve joined the business 5 years ago with 25 years previous experience in transport and warehousing. Steve has an expert knowledge of the North west and oversees our Van delivery service as well as managing all of the transport from our Knutsford warehouse. Steve is always on hand to assist the office and monitors our stock control system. 

A bit about me...

As an avid football fan I try to get to as many Everton matches as I can, these days my football interest involves taking my 15 year old son to his games every week! Whatever the weather I love to walk my 2 gorgeous (but naughty) dogs, Bentley and Desmond. 

Luke Bevans
Warehouse Manager

Luke has worked in the warehouse for over four years and has worked in city bars previously so has an unrivaled product knowledge and enjoys being part of the warehouse team, Luke has a fabulous memory and is always useful when the office needs help on past (and present) orders. 

A bit about me...

Having got married only a couple of years ago, I love going on days out with my wife, we have two adorable pets, a rabbit called Domino and a Goldfish called Thomas that get a lot of attention! Being a huge football fan, every chance I get I love to play football with my local club in Wythenshawe. 

Leo Hawkins
Assistant Warehouse Manager

Leo has worked with us for 3 years and is always willing to help his colleagues no matter how busy he is, Leo is a popular team member and has superb product knowledge, he is often on hand to help customers collecting from our warehouse. Leo picks 100's of orders every week and is often found on the fork-lift truck! 

A bit about me...

When not working I love clay-pigeon shooting, I've started to enter competitions and hoping to do more in the future. 

Phil Clegg
I.T. Manager

Phil joined Hammonds in 2013 after Jonathan decided to concentrate heavily on bespoke I.T systems for the company. Phil is our computer genius… so yes, great to have around! There’s not much Phil doesn’t know about computers. Phil is always kept busy as Hammonds as we are always trying to streamline systems and be more environmentally friendly.

A bit about me…

When not speaking in code…. I like talking bikes, I ride motorbikes which I love working on and riding. My other passion is skiing and love to get to the Alps for my annual skiing fix!

Paul Waring
I.T. Support

Paul is a newer member of our IT department after previously working in the warehouse for 12 years. Paul’s talent for IT was realised and was quickly promoted working alongside Phil in our IT department. Paul assists Phil with bespoke programming and is the first point of call for anything technical!

A bit about me…

I have a wife and two boisterous sons that keep me busy, when im not a human climbling frame I love to go on days out with my wife and boys. If I manage to get any spare time I work on my favourite hobby.. building computers!