People

Team

Frank Lampen
Chief Tasting Officer
Frank Lampen Chief Tasting Officer
Frank has set up several businesses, and advised dozens more, both inside and outside of drinks. He has a wide understanding of deal structures, launch strategies and effective brand positioning, and helps founders look for and achieve game-changing pivots to drive rapid growth. He has over ten years' experience in drinks, and blogs at frankaboutfood.co.uk
Shilen Patel
Chief Exec
Shilen Patel Chief Exec
Shilen started in drinks by leading a team at Guinness that turned around over 20 years of brand decline. He then started his own business and has since helped dozens of founders realise their potential. He’s great at asking provocative questions, helping develop brilliant propositions and compelling strategies and coaching high performing teams to deliver great results.
Dan Shrimpton
Investment Director
Dan Shrimpton Investment Director
Dan is an entrepreneur with over 10 years' experience at Innocent and Peppersmith. Having worked in both financial and marketing roles and set up his own business, his experience enables him to add value in areas ranging from financial planning and business modelling to trade marketing and sales strategy.
Gonzalo De La Pezuela
Managing Director - North America
Gonzalo De La Pezuela Managing Director - North America
Gonzalo co-founded two startups in wines and spirits and managed two successful exits. Previously, he developed his marketing career within industry leading portfolios in the USA specifically, as well as in the Americas more broadly. Gonzalo is a commercial generalist who brings powerful business strategies, brand innovation and effective teams to life.
Josh Wortman
Commercial Director - North America
Josh Wortman Commercial Director - North America
Josh joins Distill Ventures with experience throughout the spirits industry working in beverage program and cocktail development, bar management and most recently on the distribution side with a portfolio of boutique, global spirits producers. He has partnered with founders on their sales and marketing strategies, brand development, training and education. As Commercial Director, he's excited to help the next generation of global spirits innovators find creative ways to generate growth.
Eugene Khabensky
Director - Diageo Futures
Eugene Khabensky Director - Diageo Futures
Eugene has been with Diageo for more than 8 years with multiple roles across different business units and functions within North America. He specializes in finance, strategy, commercial insights, and business development. Eugene brings a comprehensive cross functional view to unlocking brand acceleration and building successful plans for growth
Dan Hatton
Innovation Director
Dan Hatton Innovation Director
Dan is an experienced marketer with over 10 years working in the global drinks industry. Having undertaken a number of both local and global roles at DIAGEO Dan is great at unlocking the magic in brands, bringing a sense of clarity, and driving wide spread support for the initiatives and teams he leads.
Rosa Einhorn
Finance & Operations Director - North America
Rosa Einhorn Finance & Operations Director - North America
Rosa has over 10 years of experience working in start ups, specialising in the wine and spirits industries. She has overseen and ran all aspects of finance and operations in variety of companies including Casa Dragones and Pisco Porton. Her experience gives her deep understanding of the pace of high growth companies and enables her to add value in areas such as business operations, financial modelling and sales strategy to scaling finance and accounting departments.
Charles Lanthier
Portfolio Director
Charles Lanthier Portfolio Director
For 13 years, Charles held managerial positions in the Automotive and Energy industries, in various countries. He then decided in 2013 to create HKB, the first baijiu aiming at Western consumers, with a disruptive proposal. It has been successfully launched in the US and UK in 2015. Having faced challenges from both big organizations as well as start ups , Charles brings managerial and coaching skills and capacity of succeeding in turning challenging operational situations into success.
Allie Warren
Brand & Marketing Manager
Allie Warren Brand & Marketing Manager
Allie joins Distill Ventures after spending the last 6 years working in the Marketing departments of some of London’s biggest bar & restaurant groups. Her experience includes dreaming up & driving partnerships with drinks brands, using original content to tell engaging stories and all things digital marketing. As the Brand Manager, her focus will be on making sure DV is the first port of call for anyone interested in starting & scaling a modern spirit brand.
Zoe Decool
Brand Insight Expert
Zoe Decool Brand Insight Expert
Zoe has built experience as a brand planner in creative agencies then moved upstream to brand and insight consultancy, building a thorough understanding of how brands work within culture. She’s been helping companies around the world developing great positioning, communications, content and activation, which really resonate with what’s happening right now. At DV, she is working as go-to expert on how founder-led brands create successful growth.
Susie Goldspink
Search & Insight Manager
Susie Goldspink Search & Insight Manager
Susie has experience in research and consulting from both a market research agency and a global management consultancy.  Her drinks industry experience includes running research and analysis projects for FMCG clients, turning large amounts of market and consumer information into actionable insight for clients.  Susie is up for the challenge to help Distill Ventures find the founder-led brands of the future.
Francis Wathen
Finance & Investment Associate
Francis Wathen Finance & Investment Associate
Francis joined Distill Ventures having spent 3 years working in commercial assurance at Grant Thornton. There, he gained experience working with a range of companies cross sector, and led teams conducting a wide range of engagements. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the ICAEW. Francis is also a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust, working with disadvantaged young people to help them set up their own businesses.
Ajay Arora
Diageo Ventures Manager
Ajay Arora Diageo Ventures Manager
Ajay started his career as a BBC Documentary Producer, before packing his bags to scale up a personal care venture in India. He’s since spent time working in the technology sector, including stints at Google and in venture capital. This diverse mix of corporate and entrepreneurial experience means he is well-placed to advise startups on building internal capability, and navigating growth challenges.
Hugo Tapp
Portfolio & Content Executive
Hugo Tapp Portfolio & Content Executive
Hugo joins the DV after having built his own online business importing and selling wine. As part of the acceleration team, Hugo uses his first-hand experience of the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur to help our portfolio go further, faster. With a background in bar management and sales he also brings insight into both the off and on trades. Keen on adventure, Hugo spent time in France making wine, lived in a favela in Rio and ran across Sierra Leone in 10 days.
Holly Browne
Senior Search Executive
Holly Browne Senior Search Executive
Holly started her career at Tesco before joining a global research organisation specialising in food and drink retail. There, she worked on a wide range of insight projects for the world’s leading retailers and FMCGs, in fields such as e-commerce and digital, shopper missions, and seasonal events. Her experience gives her a great understanding of changing consumer trends. As Senior Search Exec at Distill Ventures, Holly’s focus will be to find the best new founder-led brands for potential DV investment.
Yannah Schou
Executive Assistant
Yannah Schou Executive Assistant
Yannah joins Distill Ventures as part of the Operations team. With 6 years admin PA, EA and HR experience, Yannah is here to ensure the day-to-day smooth running of our internal operations. Currently studying for her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources, Yannah is passionate about HR and has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management, and training. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximise efficiency, and foster professional relationships.