Our people

Meet our team of coffee experts

People are the essence of our business and we have experts at every level to guarantee we’ll never let you down. We take our coffee seriously, but never ourselves.

We’re proud that we’ve grown our business from small beginnings to providing coffee for big-name brands and coffee aficionados across the UK – and beyond.

And our whole team is proud to support you in your ambitions too. Say hello.

The team

Senior Management Team

James Sweeting

Executive Chair

Simon Herring

Director

Ian Bryson

Managing Director

Jeff Kidd

Factory Manager

Paul Freear

Head of Finance

David Loan

Head of Sales

Coffee Team

Chris Tough

Coffee Buyer

Thomas Hirst

Trainee Coffee Buyer & Taster

Mollie Harvey

Coffee Apprentice

Tom Altoft

Roasting and Coffee Specialist

Sophie Gay

Coffee Lab Assistant

Commercial Team

Jack Deane

Senior Business Manager

Jennifer Kuhn

National Account Manager

Donna McCarthy

National Account Manager

Rachel Graves

National Account Manager

Ewelina Kowalczyk

Sales Executive

Richard Milner

Category Insight Manager

Keely Wade

Marketing Manager

Matt Lampey

Senior National Account Manager

Technical Team

James Hindle

Technical Manager

Laura Lukoseviciute

Assistant Technical Manager

Erika Baneviciute

Graphic Designer

Laura Siaulyte

Factory QC & Technical Assistant

Greg Jones

Specification Technologist

Operations and Project Team

Ian McCall

Production Manager

Chris Law

Supply Chain Manager

Kirsty Wilson

Purchasing

Marc Rockall

Engineering Manager

Blake Durham

Warehouse Supervisor

Ilze Svetlova

Logistics Co-ordinator

Anna Roe

Project Co-ordinator

Hayley Roy

Production Planner

Dave King

Roasting Supervisor

John Maddick

Late Shift Supervisor

Sergio Abreu

Factory Supervisor

Arleta Bandkowska

Project Manager

Beth Sykes

Operations Assistant

Joanna Grigs

Project Co-ordinator

Sam Duffin

Maintenance Engineer

Storme Parker

Operations Assistant

Joao Sinhogas

Manufacturing Technician

Finance Team

Lindsay Turner

Financial Controller

Richard Mortimer

Operations Finance Business Parter

Liam McGrath

Assistant Accountant

Tracey Norman

Finance Administrator

Work for us

Lincoln & York is built around our four core values of trust & discretion, accountability, teamwork and fun. We have a great team who are passionate about coffee, who are committed to delivering a high level of customer service, all whilst having fun in the process.

James Sweeting

Executive Chair

Favourite thing about your job?
The satisfaction of building a business, working with a great product and good people

What is your favourite song?
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

What is your favourite film?
The Bourne Identity

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
A seven course seafood meal at Azzurra in Riccione, Italy. The main course finale was a huge crab. Unbelievable flavours.

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
I’m lucky to have been to a lot of fantastic places, Colombia is beautiful. In Europe, I would go for Italy, but overall I love going to Africa

What is your favourite quote?
“He who dares wins, Rodney”

Simon Herring

Director

Favourite thing about your job?
Being part of a great team of people

Favourite song?
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I played in a band for 10 years as lead guitarist

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Roast beef cooked by Mrs H

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
I presume you mean a coffee destination by your spelling – Brazil

What is your favourite quote?
“Success and failure are never permanent”

Ian Bryson

Managing Director

Favourite thing about your job? 

Working in an innovating and exciting industry with great people and fantastic products

What is your favourite film? 

‘The Untouchables’ with Sean Connery

What is your favourite quote? 

The ultimate goal is to be better today than yesterday, with a plan to become even better tomorrow

Favourite place to eat out? 

The Orchid restaurant in Harrogate, fantastic pan Asian cuisine

Top 3 dinner party guests? 

Billy Connolly, Sean Connery & Andy Irvine (Scottish Rugby legend)…some of Scotland’s finest!

Jeff Kidd

Factory Manager

Favourite thing about your job?
Working with an eclectic mix of oddballs!

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Energetic, enthusiastic, committed

What is your favourite song?
Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

Best thing you’ve ever eaten?
Succulent fillet steak

Tell us a joke!
Man goes into a pet shop and asks ‘How much are the wasps? Shop owner says ‘We don’t sell wasps.’ Man replies ‘Well there’s one in the window!’

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I love classic Fords. I own one and am a member of the club!

What is your favourite quote?
“You only get out what you put in”

David Loan

Head of Sales

Favourite thing about your job?
Tasting and engaging every day with a product I love

How do you take your coffee?
Americano, touch of milk

What is your favourite song?
R.E.M, Losing My Religion or The Flying Pickets, ‘Only You’ (don’t judge me)

What is your favourite quote?
“What is a club in any case…it’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.” – Sir Bobby Robson

What is your favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption

Tell us a joke!
What do you call sad coffee? Despresso…

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
The Great Barrier Reef (closely followed by the jewel of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle)

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Loyal, Honest, Competitive

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I’ve been privileged to play at St James’ Park and the new Wembley, plus golf at 7 Ryder Cup/Championship golf courses

Chris Tough

Coffee Buyer

 

Top 3 dinner party guests?
Freddie Mercury, Kevin Phillips & Frank Sinatra

Favourite coffee accompaniment?
Caramel shortbread 

What was the first music single you bought?
Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me 

What luxury would you have on a desert island?
My iPod classic

What would your death row meal be? 
Starter: Greggs sausage roll
Main: Fillet Steak with proper onion rings & Yorkshire puddings 
Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Custard

Favourite coffee-based beverage?
Flat white (or 6)

Karaoke song of choice?
Frank Sinatra – Come fly with me 

Favourite place to eat out?
“CUT” in the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas was my favourite meal ever. More locally, La Anchor in a village beside me

Thomas Hirst

Trainee Coffee Buyer & Taster

 

What is your favourite film?

The Godfather. First one with Brando for me.

Favourite coffee accompaniment?

You only need the coffee

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to travel back to any period of time and experience what it was really like

What luxury would you have on a desert island?

A well-stocked cocktail bar

Favourite coffee-based beverage?

Espresso

What’s top of your bucket list?

To travel and experience a variety of cultures

Favourite place to eat out?

Any steakhouse of sufficient quality, with a choice selection of vino rosso

Mollie Harvey

Coffee Apprentice

 

Favourite thing about your job? 

Learning new things every day, and being around people who make me happy. 

What is your favourite song? 

Faith by George Michael.

What is your favourite film? 

Greece, Dirty Dancing or anything cheesy!

Favourite coffee accompaniment? 

Cheese with a dark roast Sumatran coffee.

Top 3 dinner party guests? 

George Michael, Beethoven and my Grandma.

Tom Aloft

Roasting and Coffee Specialist

How do you take your coffee?
Flappucino, my signature drink

Favourite song?
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore

Tell us something not many people know about you!
It took me eight times to pass my driving test!

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Salmon, asparagus, a splash of lime and rice. My body is a temple!

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
Valencia

What is your favourite quote?
“If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life”

Sophie Gay

Coffee Lab Assistant

What is your favourite film?

The Notebook

What is your favourite quote?

No one else is you and that is your super power!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To be invisible

Do you have any phobias?

Anything bug related

Favourite coffee-based beverage?

Vanilla Iced Latte

What’s top of your bucket list?

Would love to travel to Australia

Jack Dean

Senior Business Manager

First ever job?

Paper boy

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To be able to see into the future

What luxury would you have on a desert island?

A companion

Favourite coffee-based beverage?

Espresso Martini

Favourite place to eat out?

Tattu

Jennifer Kuhn

National Account Manager

Favourite thing about your job? 

Experiencing quality coffee from around the world including the latest processes in coffee

What is your favourite song? 

You’ve Already Won by Shane and Shane

Tell us a joke? 

When you go to the bathroom, you’re Russian. When you leave the bathroom, you’re Finish. What are you when you’re in the bathroom? European

Favourite coffee accompaniment?

Cheesecake

What was the first music single you ever bought? 

Alanis Morissette – Ironic

If you had a superpower what would it be? 

To be in many places at one time

Favourite coffee-based beverage? 

Flat White

What’s top of your bucket list? 

Visit Jimmy Swaggart Ministry – USA

Donna McCarthy

National Account Manager

Favourite thing about your job?

New business / Happy faces on customers

What is your favourite song?

Africa by Toto

What is your favourite film?

Pretty Woman

Tell us something not many people know about you?

Swim in the sea every morning at 6am

Top 3 dinner party guests?

David Beckham, Paul Weller, Piers Morgan

Rachel Graves

National Account Manager

Favourite thing about your job?
Dealing with the customers! Helping them get the most of what is required, and my favourite is “winning new business” 

What is your favourite film?
Meet Joe Black

Tell us something not many people know about you?

I have ran the Manchester Marathon, in 2017
I won 3 baby competitions
I like to buy and sell property

What is your favourite quote?
First simple rule in life, If you never go after what you want, you’ll never have it

First ever job?
Worked in a pet shop – sales assistant

Favourite coffee-based beverage?
Flat White

What’s top of your bucket list?
Cruise around the Caribbean

Ewelina Kowalczyk

Sales Executive

Favourite thing about your job?
People – everyone is different but we all get on well

How do you take your coffee?
Hot as the sun!

What is your favourite film?
Edward Scissorhands

Tell us a joke!
What did 0 say to the 8? Nice belt!

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
Preikestolen, Norway

What is your favourite quote?
“Never say more than is necessary”

Richard Milner

Category Insight Manager

 

Favourite thing about your job?
Understanding coffee, consumers & trends through colleagues, customers and the wider world

What is your favourite song?
September – Richard Strauss

What is your favourite film?
The Dam Busters

What luxury would you have on a desert island?
An English country garden with a radio

Favourite coffee-based beverage?
Espresso – or any of our own KP’s recommendations

Favourite place to eat out?
Borrowdale Hotel with Mrs M

Keely Wade

Marketing Manager

Favourite thing about your job? 

Learning all I can about coffee, sharing our passion and expertise with others and inspiring them to love it too! 

What is your favourite quote? 

There is no such thing as failure…you either win or you learn!

Favourite coffee based beverage? 

Depends on the time of day…either a Cappuccino or an Espresso Martini!

Favourite place to eat out? 

Ole Ole in Lincoln (for Tapas)…or The Cross Keys at Grasby for an amazing Sunday roast! 

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

Time travel!

What’s top of your bucket list? 

I’d love to take my kids to Disney World in Florida to make some life long memories. 

Matt Lampey

Senior National Account Manager

 

Favourite thing about your job?

Fast paced, varies day to day and great people in the industry. Also, everyone has opinion on coffee…

What’s top of your bucket list?

To complete the six Abbott World Marathon Majors

What is your favourite film?

Paddington, every time.

James Hindle

Technical Manager

Favourite thing about your job? 

A combination of two things. Working with a multitude of different people from differing departments with the same vision and goals; and the constant variety of different projects and challenges each day (no two days are the same). 

What is your favourite song?

The Specialist by Interpol

What is your favourite film? 

Either Insterstellar or Schindler’s List

Favourite coffee accompaniment? 

Biscoff biscuits

Do you have any phobias? 

Spiders and ironically heights (I’m 6”7”)

Laura Lukoseviciute

Assistant Technical Manager

Favourite thing about your job?
I get a chance to learn something new everyday about something I love, coffee!

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Lithuanian, cheeky, interesting

Tell us a joke!
When I’m sad I’m singing because my voice is more annoying than my problems

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
Home

What is your favourite quote?
“I’m too busy working on my own grass to notice that your grass is greener”

Erika Baneviciute

Graphic Designer

Favourite place to get a cup of coffee?
Blenheim Kitchen 

If you could grab a coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Vin Diesel 

Top 3 dinner party guests?
Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Adam Sandler 

Favourite coffee accompaniment?
A piece of Russian Honey cake 

What was the first music single you bought? 
Britney Spears 

What is your motto in life? 
‘Think before you speak’

What would your death row meal be? 
Lithuanian potato-meat dumplings (Cepelinai)

Favourite coffee-based beverage? 
Erika & Billie’s ‘Special One’ (it’s a secret) 

Laura Siaulyte

Factory QC & Technical Assistant

What is your favourite song?
AC/DC Stiff upper lip

What is your favourite film?
Hayao Miyazaki “ Spirited Away” 

Top 3 dinner party guests?
Tim Burton, Audrey Hepburn, Kurt Cobain

First ever job?
In the theatre behind the scenes

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To fulfil the good wishes of all people

What luxury would you have on a desert island?
Water

Greg Jones

Specification Technologist

Favourite thing about your job?

The people. The great team make it a pleasure to come to work every day.

What is your favourite song?

I was a teenage anarchist by Against Me

What is your favourite film?

Angel Heart

What is your favourite quote?

‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ – Ferris Bueller

Favourite coffee accompaniment?

Croissant

Ian McCall

Production Manager

Favourite thing about your job?
No two days are ever the same

What is your favourite song?
Deep Purple – Child in Time

What is your favourite film?
Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator, The Last Samurai or Braveheart – hard to pick just one

Tell us a joke!
I told my wife she had drawn her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised!

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I play the drums and have 3 drum kits. I get regular requests from the neighbours!

What is your favourite quote?
“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure” – Mae West

Chris Law

Supply Chain Manager

Favourite thing about your job?

Being able to make changes to help make people’s lives easier

What is your favourite film?

Dark Knight Rises

Top 3 dinner party guests?

My wife, Rory McIlroy & Tiger Woods

Do you have any phobias?

Heights, unless it’s on a ski lift!

Favourite place to eat out?

San Pietro in Scunthorpe

Kirsty Wilson

Purchasing

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Reliable, dependable, honest

How do you take your coffee?
Single shot latte

What is your favourite film?
Big (the end makes me cry everytime!)

Tell us a joke!
Horse walks into a bar. Barman says, why the long face?

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
My favourite woodland walk with dogs, changes all the time

What is your favourite quote?
“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” – Winston Churchill

Marc Rockall

Engineering Manager

Favourite thing about your job?
The chance to work on modern coffee roasting and packing equipment

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Patient, practical, dedicated

How do you take your coffee?
Surprisingly I’m not a big coffee drinker! Prefer a glass of water (or a beer at the weekend!)

What is your favourite song?
Disco 2000 – Pulp

Tell us something not many people know about you!
Since starting work at Lincoln & York I have had the same sandwich in my pack up everyday – ham salad!

Blake Durham

Warehouse Supervisor

Favourite thing about your job? 

Leading a great team – and getting the win at the end of the day.

What is your favourite song? 

808 State – Pacific 707

What is your favourite film? 

Aliens

Top 3 dinner party guests? 

Sean Bean, David Bowie and Rik Mayall

Ilze Svetlova

Logistics Co-ordinator

Favourite thing about your job?
My team!

What is your favourite film?
Series – The Last Kingdom 

First ever job?
Strawberry field. I was 13–14 years old. I loved that job! All the strawberries you can eat, the owner was giving bags of berries to take home and we got paid!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Mind control 

Favourite coffee-based beverage?
Small hazelnut late with extra shot of coffee

What’s top of your bucket list?
Skydive

Favourite place to eat out?
Chamas Radizio

Ana Roe

Project Co-ordinator

Favourite place to get a cup of coffee? 
(I’d rather have tea) At home on a Saturday morning

Top 3 dinner party guests?
Walt Disney, Prince Harry & Kim Kardashian

Favourite coffee accompaniment? 
A lemon tart

What is your motto in life? 
Collect memories not things

What would be your death row meal be?
Tuna Steak with Triple cooked chips

Favourite coffee-based beverage?
Almond Milk Latte

Best moment of you career so far? 
Becoming a production planner

What is your proudest achievement so far? 
Working my way up through the company, I started as the receptionist

Career highlight to date?
Finding the balance between getting things done and having fun with my team.

Hayley Roy

Production Planner

Favourite thing about your job?
The Smart and Funny team I get to work with

What is your favourite song?
Placebo – Because I want you

What is your favourite film?
American History X or Leon

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Fish and Chips by the sea

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
Every New Year we have a large family get together in Scotland, which I love.

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Quirky, joyful and hungry

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I have a fear of anything that flies

Dave King

Roasting Supervisor

Favourite thing about your job?
The variety and learning new things everyday

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Positive, easy going

How do you take your coffee?
I don’t

What is your favourite song?
Aerosmith – Blindman

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I have a pet Iguana that the Lincoln & York team bought me for my 30th birthday!

John Maddick

Late Shift Supervisor

What is your favourite film?

Too many great movies to choose from. At the minute I would say Rise of the Footsoldier

What is your favourite quote?

“This time next year, we’ll be millionaires” – Derek Trotter

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to time travel

What luxury would you have on a desert island?

A bar with a snooker table.

What’s top of your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas

Top 3 dinner party guests?

Jurgen Klopp, Paul Gascoigne and Tupac Shakur

Sergio Abreu

Factory Supervisor

Favourite thing about your job?
Working, dealing and trying to get the best out of so many different personalities

How do you take your coffee?
Espresso single shot

Favourite song?
Blowing in the wind – Bob Dylan

What is your favourite quote?
“Be yourself, everyone else is taken” – Oscar Wilde

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Seafood soup served in a bread loaf in Azores, Portugal

Best place you’ve ever ‘bean’?
Madeira, Portugal

Tell us something not many people know about you!
I was a driving instructor before L&Y

Arleta Bandkowska

Project Manager

Favourite place to get a cup of coffee?
Majorca Cala D’Or where I got engaged

Favourite coffee accompaniment?
Nutella Birthday Cake which only one lady can bake for me. Cream layers with chocolate sponge, Nutella filling and lots of berries on the top! An absolute heaven, the only thing is birthday’s celebrations only comes once per year….

What is your motto in life? 
Live like there’s no tomorrow

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Ability to cure people, give them hope, bring happiness and smile back on their faces

What would be your death row meal be?
Always any time of the day and day of the week unlimited amounts of Homemade Pierogi (Dumplings)

What is your proudest achievement so far?
Bringing my little girl to this world, raising her and watching her growing

Joanna Grigs

Project Co-ordinator

If you could grab a coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Michael Schumacher

Top 3 dinner party guests?
Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Schumacher, Paul Walker

Favourite coffee accompaniment?
Carrot cake

First ever job?
Newspaper girl every evening after school and a Sunday morning

What would be your death row meal be?
Steak (rare), chunky chips, grill tomato, onion rings and an ice cream sundae

What’s top of your bucket list?
VIP experience at Dubai F1 GP

Karaoke song of choice?
Living on a prayer – Bon Jovi

Career highlight to date?
Completing ILM level 5

Storme Parker

Operations Assistant

Favourite thing about your job?

Coming home smelling of roasted coffee

What is your favourite film?

Saw Collection

Tell us something not many people know about you?

I’ve brought a child into the world single handed whilst studying at university

What is your favourite quote?

You only live once…

Top 3 dinner party guests?

Megan Markle, Robert Downey Jr, Emma Watson

What’s top of your bucket list?

Visit New York

Joao Sinhogas

Manufacturing Technician

Favourite thing about your job? 

Everyday is a different day, the opportunity to challenge myself. 

Tell us something not many people know about you? 

I used to run a bar in Portugal.

What is your favourite quote? 

Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today. 

Favourite coffee-based beverage? 

Espresso – No Milk – No Sugar.

Lindsay Turner

Financial Controller

Favourite thing about your job? 

Defnitely the people – being able to work with and being part of a great team

What is your favourite quote? 

‘Failure is success in progress’ Albert Einstein

First ever job? 

Grocery Assistant at Somerfield supermarket 

What was the first music single you bought? 

Joyride – Roxette

What’s top of your bucket list? 

Travel around Australia (again) 

Richard Mortimer

Operations Finance Business Partner

Favourite thing about your job?

The challenge of wrangling data into an insightful form that meets peoples needs and drives improvements.

What is your favourite quote?

“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”

– Robin Hobb

Top 3 dinner party guests?

Stephen Fry, James Herbert and David Bowie

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to have read and understood a book simply by touching it. That way you can read all the books!

Liam McGrath

Assistant Accountant

Favourite thing about your job?

The opportunity to learn and develop myself withing a fantastic team/company.

What is your favourite film?

Layer Cake

What is your favourite quote?

“I wouldn’t say I was the best in the business. But I was in the top one” – Brian Clough

Top 3 dinner party guests?

Lewis Hamilton, Keir Starmer, Roy Kenae

What’s top of your bucket list?

Drive a lap at Silverstone

Tracey Norman

Finance Administrator

Favourite thing about your job? 

Working with a successful team and learning all about the coffee industry. 

Tell us something not many people know about you? 

I got an invite to Buckingham palace and shook hands with Prince Edward, Prince Phillip and Princess Anne; and I was within touching distance of the late Queen Elizabeth. 

Top 3 dinner party guests?   

Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and my Mum.