THE KOLIBRI TEAM

We are a small team of industry experts who passionately believe in the right for each individual to have their drink exactly the way they want it. Our mission is to empower people through bespoke choices and control of ingredients, as we champion the world’s first customisable bottled drinks.

KAMILA SITWELL

Co-Founder and Director

Kamila has an in-depth industry and beverage category knowledge which she acquired while managing bars in London and then working for leading food and drinks companies such as Britvic, where she led market insight and category strategy for OOH channels. She is also a leading hospitality blogger with thousands of followers, at the top 1% of industry influencers.

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Kamila came to the UK from Poland in the mid-90s to begin her hospitality career.  Rising from front of house and bartending in London NW trendy pubs and restaurants such as The Enterprise, The Monarch and The Engineer, to managing popular bars in busy nightclubs in Central London such as The Limelight and the Equinox and finally becoming F&B manager at Tootsies, the American steakhouse and cocktail bar in Canary Wharf. Her ten years in hospitality has given her hands-on experience and insight into perfecting the guest experience while studying business and marketing. Unsurprisingly, her MBA thesis was on meeting guests’ expectations in the foodservice industry.

Kamila then transitioned to working for global food and drinks brands, always in market and category intelligence functions. In one of her latest roles, Kamila worked for Britvic, providing strategic direction for soft drinks in the Out-Of-Home channels and was frequently nominated and awarded Britvic Stars and High Performance Awards. A decade of hands-on experience in hospitality combined with as many years in data analytics, insight and strategy shaped a strong, commercially-minded champion of the industry.

Spotting a gap in the premium Eating Out sector and a massive industry challenge around sugar, Kamila set out to work on the world’s first bottled drinks which can be sweetened to taste. She passionately believes that the future of soft drinks is bespoke.

Vincent

VINCENT SITWELL

Co-Founder and Director

Vincent has spent most of his career in the advertising industry. Starting out in the late 80’s he joined his brother's start-up Agency. Over  three decades the business grew organically and through multiple acquisitions and evolving a diverse portfolio of marketing services in the process.

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Today Accord Marketing regularly creates award-winning campaigns for some of the most recognised Travel and Tourism brands in the UK, as well as working with many Charities, Recruitment and Retail businesses. The company operates across three offices and currently employs 120 people.

Vincent remains a major shareholder, providing advice and strategic direction to some of the agency's biggest clients and most valued Press and Media partnerships.

In joining Kamila in creating Kolibri Drinks he brings a wealth of commercial, management and financial experience, as well as providing access to best-in-class marketing talent and operational resources.

Vincent has led the design and development of the unique Kolibri packaging and its subsequent production, discovering along the way a new passion and enthusiasm for this exciting and diverse industry.

REBECCA HAMBLIN

Head of Marketing

Rebecca's background is in brand marketing and innovation roles for well established, international companies. An Oxford graduate, Rebecca has also worked in brand consultancy and as a content writer focusing on food and drink.

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After graduating from Oxford University (MA English) Rebecca worked in brand marketing and innovation roles for well established, international companies such as Pizza Hut, United Biscuits and Ferrero.  A stint in brand consultancy increased her experience in understanding consumer needs and how innovation based on insights can deliver against commercial objectives.

While living in Italy with her young family,  Rebecca’s passion for food and drink and love of writing led her to combine her interests through freelance writing and content creation for Divine Eating Out, the leading blog for the eating out and food service industry.

At Kolibri Drinks, Rebecca puts her marketing expertise and love of the industry to good use as she nurtures this new brand from the initial idea to a fully-fledged player, disrupting the soft drinks category. She’s also responsible for strategising and executing promotional plans for traditional and social media channels. She continues to explore her key interests of the consumer experience and innovation through customisation and you can read her other articles on divineeatingout.com

Peter

PETER CLARK

Finance Director

With over 25 years' experience at senior management and board level, Peter is a skilled financial director with a proven track record in mergers, acquisitions, start-ups and disposals, as well as commercially-focused day-to-day financial management and strategy. 

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With over 25 years' experience at senior management and board level, Peter Clark is a skilled financial director with a proven track record in mergers, acquisitions, start-ups and disposals, as well as commercially-focused day-to-day financial management and strategy implementation.  

Over his career, he has worked on successfully raising millions of pounds in loans for acquisitions, with the requirement to produce and develop comprehensive financial modelling to support the funding. An effective change manager, having integrated several businesses over the years while improving the efficiency of the finance function. He was listed as one of Finance Week's Top 100 UK Finance Directors in 2005/6. 

Benefiting from Peter’s experience and success working with Vincent in Accord for over two decades, Peter now provides first class financial management and advice to Kolibri Drinks.

NUPUR SAXENA

Consumer Experience, Non-Exec Director

Nupur Saxena is a strategic advisor to some of the most recognised food and drinks brands in the world.  She is a trusted board-level partner to Blue-Chip organisations and NED to dynamic starts-ups on a mission to disrupt categories.

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Nupur Saxena is a strategic advisor to some of the most recognised food and drinks brands in the world.  She is a trusted board-level partner to Blue-Chip organisations and NED to dynamic starts-ups on a mission to disrupt categories and the status quo. Her work on drinks’ portfolios such as Coca-Cola, Bacardi, PepsiCo, Heineken, Starbucks and many others has led to industry recognition and significant commercial profit for brands and retailers alike.

Nupur is the Founder and Managing Partner of Split Second Ltd., that uses an unparalleled customer-centric Through the Lens approach to unlock Brand-Retail-Customer Experience opportunities. She champions shopper-centricity in Kolibri’s retail strategy, joining insight and engagement to create an exciting and innovative customer journey through multiple touch points.

Rend

REND PLATINGS

Concept Advisor

With her scientific background, Rend is the founder and director of Sugarwise – the international authority for sugar claims.  Rend developed Sugarwise to highlight healthier options and develop sustainable solutions to the global health challenge. 

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With her scientific background and wealth of business expertise, Rend Platings is the founder and director of Sugarwise – the international authority for sugar claims.  Rend developed Sugarwise scheme as a positive response to highlight healthier options and develop sustainable solutions to the global health challenge. Sugarwise accreditation can be now found on hundreds of products in over 60 countries, making it the fastest growing label in the history of the food and drink industry.

Sugarwise will positively contribute to a reduction in obesity and type 2 diabetes around the world by making lower sugar alternatives more visible and available to the public. Rend is an influential leader and her unrivalled knowledge of sugar reduction and its impact on recipe development makes her an invaluable and trusted adviser to Kolibri drinks.