Our leadership team has both the ambition and experience to continue our growth across global markets as well as consolidating our existing position and ensuring that our commitment to quality us undiminished.

Stewart Hainsworth

Group CEO

Appointed CEO in 2015, Stewart is an Internationally mobile CEO with a proven track record in FMCG businesses, former FTSE 100 Director and working experience in the UK, USA, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, CIS, Middle East, China, Australia and Africa.

He has held senior board positions in large publicly traded companies and as a turnaround CEO specialist in private equity backed companies.

Stewart Hainsworth

Alan Robinson

Group Financial Director

Alan joined Halewood Wines and Spirits in September 2015. Prior to joining Halewood, Alan held a number of senior financial roles at drinks companies most recently as International Finance Director at Roust (owner of Russian Standard Vodka and Zubrowka), and VP Finance Western Europe and Africa at Brown-Forman (owner of Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve among others).

Prior to that Alan worked at BOC and The Coca-Cola Company. Alan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.

Alan Robinson

John Bradbury

UK Managing Director

John has extensive experience in alcohol sales throughout the UK as well as development of spirits brands.

John was formerly Managing Director for Russian Standard and UK & Ireland Sales Director for Whyte and Mackay.

John Bradbury

Tim Hines

UK Finance Director

Tim has a background in audit and accounts with KPMG after training with a small firm.

This is his first involvement in the drinks industry in a career which has included Heinz, Kellogg, mining machinery and powder handling equipment, throughout a range of accounting functions and roles.

Tim Hines

Johan Oosthuizen

South Africa Managing Director

Johan has a career of 25 years in the retail, food, beverage and manufacturing environment in South Africa.

Johan has been in General Management and Managing Director rolls since 1999 and has a B Comm Accounting (Hons) degree and a Master’s degree in Business Management.

Johan Oosthuizen

James Stocker

Marketing Director

James has many years of marketing experience in the drinks industry having worked for distillers and brewers in both the UK and abroad.

Most recently, he spent 5 years and William Grant & Son’s, where he managed brands such as Glenfiddich, Grant’s whisky, The Balvennie and Sailor Jerry. In a drinks distributor capacity, James has worked on brands such as Johnnie Walker, Rémy Martin, Bombay Sapphire, Cointreau, Kronenbourg 1664 and Heineken.

James Stocker

Jorge Gutierrez

USA Managing Director

Jorge has over 20 years of experience in the spirits industry working extensively throughout North America and Latin America with brands including Bacardi and Whyte & Mackay.

He has a strong understanding of all aspects of the industry having held roles across sales, marketing, operations and finance. Jorge has also lead global and regional acquisition projects for brands including Dewar’s Bombay Gin, Cazadores Tequila & Grey Goose Vodka.

Jorge Gutierrez

Elena Khrustaleva

Russia and CIS Managing Director

Elena has 20 years’ experience working in tobacco and drinks industry holding various management positions in brand marketing, sales & commercial in Russia and the Middle East.

Before joining Halewood Int. in Jan. 2019, Elena had been the General Director of an RTD (Ready-to-Drink) factory in Russia, Roust Holding for the last 7 years with the proven track record of successfully turning the business around from losses to profit through strong financial management, constantly increasing and diversifying business capabilities and personally leading the ongoing evolution of the brand portfolio.

Evgeniya Germanova

SE Europe, Ukraine and IMEA Managing Director

Evgeniya is a drinks industry professional with over 15 years of extensive international experience with particular emphasis on emerging markets.

At Bulgaria’s leading wine and spirits company, she led the opening and development of international markets and team for the company’s local brands. After leaving VP Brands International she managed the international business for a UK premium spirits brand owner and most recently she worked for Roust managing the company’s core brands including Russian Standard Vodka, Green Mark, Zubrowka, Gancia in emerging markets.

Thibault Feniou

Western European Managing Director

Thibault grew-up in the French Spirit Valley having worked for several luxury Cognac Houses as General Export Manager for the last 10 years.

Passionate about the spirit industry, this led him to build strong relationships with importers and distributors into 40 countries with one main target: Developing sales of handcrafted spirits, establish and maintain a reliable/sustainable route to market in the markets.

Thibault Feniou

Mark Kirwin

H&A Prestige Bottling – Managing Director

Mark has broad European experience (Europe, South Africa and emerging markets) at Senior Management level across multiple industries, including B2B, FMCG, Beer, Wines & Spirits, soft drinks, Insurance, Wholesale, and Retail.
His career has included roles at Kellogg Company of Great Britain, Coca-Cola and Schweppes Beverages, International Distillers and Vintners (IDV), Anheuser-Busch Europe Ltd (Budweiser), King UK, More Than One Answer and Blueprint Management Consultants.

Mark has an honours degree in Psychology, with extensive experience of refocusing, motivating and managing outstanding high performance teams.

Mark Kirwin

James Wright

Aber Falls Distillery – Managing Director

James Wright has more than 20 years’ experience in the alcohol industry. He joined Halewood Wines & Spirits in 2007 and during his time has held both UK and international roles, where he previously served as the Agency and Business Development Director, and prior to that, International Sales and Marketing Controller. Most recently James has taken the reins as Managing Director at Aber Falls – North Wales’ first whisky distillery for more than 100 years.

Previous roles working for Red Bull, Modelo Corona and Regent Inns.

James Wright

Lee Tayburn

Group Operations Director

Lee is responsible for all aspects of the Operations for the Halewood Group in the UK.

With over 20 years of experience in Manufacturing Operations, Lee has covered all aspects from contract packing through to Distillery design and build. Lee started his career with Halewood at H&A Prestige Bottling before moving to Halewood Wine & Spirits.

Lee Tayburn

Simon Roffe

Global Travel Retail Managing Director

Simon’s long career in the drinks industry has covered a variety of UK and international sales management roles. After over twenty years with Diageo working with Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and many other high profile brands , Simon moved to Remy-Cointreau in Paris where as Regional Director EMEA, he led a team focused on the luxury drinks portfolio of Louis XIII, Remy Martin and the launch of The Botanist Gin / Bruichladdich Whisky into the travel retail / duty free market.

Since joining Halewood in late 2015, Simon has launched a new business division focused on bringing the Company’s artisanal brands to the traveller – in airport stores, cruise ships and on board many leading airlines.

Simon Roffe