JONATHAN HAMMOND

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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 in N Wales, 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
Sales Manager - UK (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 counties 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!

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

Matt came to us after managing several successful city centre bars in Manchester and London. Matt brings invaluable product and mixology knowledge to the role. Matt is an excellent networker and cocktail connoisseur. Matt 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.

Simon Hobday
Administrator

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
Administrator

Kaz joined Hammonds in January 2006. Kaz is the main voice you will hear when you give us a call! She is part of the main sales office team that keeps the company running smoothly. Kaz becomes involved in a variety of areas, such as taking orders, creating wine lists, booking transport and several marketing tasks.

A bit about me...

I am not your average girl as I have a passion/weakness for Tattoos and expensive cars, but then I do enjoy my ever growing shoe collection which I have lost count of.

I have been to the British Grand Prix, Le Mans several times and the Isle of Man TT. I have three gorgeous Black Cocker Spaniels, Remmy, Tia & Alfie who really should have been called Bailey to keep the drinks theme.

I enjoy socialising with friends and will often be caught in my local with a large Gin and Tonic with cucumber.

Kelly Stones
Office Administrator

Kelly is an essential member of the Hammonds team, joining us in 2017 kelly has been a superb addition to our office. Kelly has taken on a busy role, including account managing and invoicing, Kelly also manages all aspects of the office and enjoys helping with promotional work.

A bit about me…

I love to go on long cross country walks in the Cheshire countryside, and eat out whenever I get the chance, I love fine dining at my favourite restaurants but nothing beats spending time with my lovely daughter.

Cherese Kenderdine
Office Administrator

Cherese is the newest member of our office team, relocating from South Africa for her husband’s job Cherese luckily came to us, if you were to call Cherese is one of the first voices you’ll hear. Cherese processes orders dispatches couriers, deals with mountains of emails and invoices each day. She is always smiling and adds to our efficient and happy team.

A bit about me….

Moving from South Africa to Cheshire, was quite a house move that has kept me busy for quite some time. I have a young son and husband who I spend any spare time with, we enjoy days out and discovering new beautiful parts of England. After that you’ll find me standing in the sun… trying to warm up!

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.

Karen Wilson
Business Manager

Karen joined Hammonds in July 2018.  She started her career selling Budweiser and then worked across different fast-moving-consumer-goods companies either selling or marketing chilled desserts, greetings cards, frozen food, sauces and condiments.

A bit about me...

I am loving being back in the drinks trade.  My popularity with friends is soaring again!   I’m an active person and a busy mum to two young boisterous boys and spend a large part of my spare time playing with them and driving them to their various clubs and parties.  In my down time, I love to go out with friends sampling food and drinks in the many bars and pubs either locally or in Manchester.  To combat any over-indulgence I am a member of a local gym.

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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.

Ralph Davenport
Warehouse Manager

Ralph joined the Hammonds team in 2008 when it was apparent that the ever expanding warehouse team needed a manager, since then the team has grown even more. Ralph oversees all warehouse staff, orders, dispatch and transport from our warehouse.

A bit about me...

My true love, other than my children of course, is motorbikes, when I’m not working you will find me riding or fixing one of my 8 bikes superbikes, I also have a pilot’s licence but don’t get to use that as much as i'd like! I'm hoping someone someday needs an international delivery within the hour!

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!