Team

About Us

Our management organisation

At H&A prestige bottling, we probably have the most experienced and talented management team in the business. Between them, they can boast approaching 150 years of service at H&A and their background is certainly unparalleled.

Mark Kirwin
Managing Director

Extensive European experience at Senior Management level. Honours degree in Psychology, with extensive experience of refocusing, motivating and managing outstanding high-performance teams. Multiple industries (inc. B2B, FMCG, Beer, Wines & Spirits, soft drinks, F.M.C.G, Insurance, Wholesale, Retail. Multiple channels and Markets (inc. Europe, South Africa and emerging markets)


Jo Fernandez
Senior National Account Manager

Jo started her career with H&A in 1992 as a Bond Administrator. She has worked throughout the business previously managing Customer Service, Planning, Purchasing, NPD and Liquid Development.  In 2016 Jo changed role to become a Senior National Account Manager.


Jonathan Wornell
International & UK Development Manager

Jonathan brings wide international experience to his role as International and UK Development Manager. Jonathan joined the group in 2006 with the brief of developing account business in Canada, the Middle East, Western Europe and the Caribbean.


Steve Lawton
Senior National Account Manager

Steve has been involved in the drinks industry for over 30 years. He has unique experience of working in both Buying and Account Management roles so is able to see the business from both sides of the table. Steve has worked in both the On and Off Trade and has worked closely with some of the biggest industry names including Tesco, Mitchells and Butlers, Amazon, JD Wetherspoons, The Co Operative Group, Diageo and Bacardi as well as niche spirits retailers such as The Whisky Shop. Steve joined H&A in early 2019 and enjoys helping customers develop their initial concepts through to production and then developing their product ranges.


Rachel Monaghan
New Product Development Manager

18 years’ experience gained in food and drink manufacturing and retail.  Honours degree in Food Technology, Rachel overseas the new product development arm of the business as well as developing and implementing the new product development vision.  Each day is different, bringing new opportunities and challenges that product development thrive on.


Kate Porter
NPD Technologist

With a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in Home Economics (Food Design & Technology), Kate Joined H&A straight out of university and now runs the Liquid Development department. Heavily involved in NPD projects, working with customers to develop new and exciting liquids, also working closely with processing to ensure smooth ‘up scaling’ of recipes.


Stewart Heap
Quality Manager

Stewart graduated with a BSc (Hon) degree in Genetics and joined H&A in 1999 as part of the Quality Laboratory team. He has worked his way up the quality department to become Quality Manager in 2012. Stewart leads a team that ensures Food Safety and Quality needs are met throughout the H&A process.


Adele Payne
Customer Services Manager

Adele started her career in Spirits in 2010 gaining recognition for the commitment, skills and depth of knowledge within the industry. Adele leads a team of enthusiastic individuals who ensure that customer needs are satisfied aiming to provide excellent customer service whilst championing this idea throughout the whole company.


Robin Thompson
Production Director

An experienced Operations leader within the drinks and packaging industry sector. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University. Led operational teams in UK and overseas in soft drinks, wine, and the paper industry, and developed a thorough understanding and belief in implementation of Lean Manufacturing ways of working.


Alan Bayley
Manufacturing Manager

Alan started his career with H&A some 19 years ago, working on the shop floor, and has now worked his way up to become Production Manager. His responsibilities include production scheduling, quality of production and the day to day management of the Bottling Hall.


Brian Taylor
Engineering Manager

Brian has been in the business for 22 years. In his role as Engineering Manager, Brian has responsibility for the 14 bottling lines and all the support machinery to make the H&A ‘machine’ work efficiently. At H&A we run a ‘lean management team’ and the efficient control of all aspects of our machinery is key to this.


Richard Watson
Supply Chain Manager

Richard has over 21 years experience within Warehousing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and 15 years experience within the drinks industry as a whole. Having held various positions across the Halewood Group, Richards role here at H&A is to oversee both the operational activity and compliance associated with the supply chain function.


Francis Lee
HMRC & Logistics Manager

Francis has worked in the Logistics and Supply Chain Department at H&A for the past 12 years, and has worked her way up to be the Manager of the department. She manages the Label Stores, Goods In and Goods Out, Material and Finished Goods Warehouses as well as managing the HMRC side of the business. She works extremely closely with all customers – big and small, and often assists them with their HMRC enquiries.


Glenn Sibson
Health & Safety & Security Manager

Glenn started his career with H&A nearly 30 years ago, and has worked in many different areas of the business prior to being appointed as Health, Safety & Security Manager in 1985. At H&A Health, Safety and Site Security are our number one priority, and we offer 24/7 security at our Chorley facility. Glenn gained his IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) qualifications 2008, and his NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health).