Original & Distinctive's team and advisors are highly experienced practitioners of international sales, consulting and business management. They have at least 10 years relevant experience and are passionate about the provision of customer service.
Ken Davey MBA FCMA (Founder & Managing Director) has nearly twenty years international sales experience (Big Four & Blue Chip) with a strong commercial and financial management background; including an MBA masters degree and accountancy qualification (FCMA). His career also includes previous experience of owning and running a Michelin rated county house hotel, restaurant and bar. In addition, Ken holds a 10-year personal alcohol licence.
Svetlana Lindholm WSET® Level 2 (Co-founder & Commercial Director) lived in Helsinki for many years where she ran several owner-managed businesses. Multilingual, she has considerable sales experience, including experience in Fortnum and Mason’s Wine & Spirits Department. Svetlana will complete her WSET® Level 3 and start her WSET® Level 4 (Diploma) in 2017.
Silvie Herdova AIWS (Trade Sales Manager) has a Diploma in wine and spirits. She has a sales and marketing background, including off-trade retail experience and, hosting tastings and events for corporate and consumer customers.
Ksenia Samarkina BSc (Administration and Marketing Assistant) has a degree in Business Management from King’s College London. During her three years of study, she also held a number of financial and marketing intern roles.
Our Business Advisors
Kevin Narain FCA (Commercial Development Advisor) is ex Big Four and an internationally experienced finance professional and consultant who has worked across a broad range of industries, with previous start-up experience in the soft drinks industry.
Dee Blackstock MW (Wine Advisor) sits on the wine committee for Government Hospitality (part of the Foreign Office) to help select and grade wines for visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries.
Robert Wilson (Industry Advisor) is the founder and owner of the Bleeding Heart & The Don Restaurants in the City of London and, Trinity Hill Winery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Spero Panagakis BBus (Operations Advisor) is Chief Operating Officer at PSbars, Dubai; previously Food & Beverage Operations Manager at Costa Navarino - a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide luxury destination.
Dr. James K Yuann DSc MSc BSc (China Advisor) is a professor in the IMBA program of MIT Sloan (USA) - Fudan University (China) and, the EMBA program of National Tsinghua University (Taiwan) lecturing on ‘Leadership and Corporate Politics’ and 'China Business Practice'.