PROFESSOR STEFAN ALLESCH-TAYLOR CBE

Group Chairman Coffeesmiths Collective, Inc.
Chairman & CEO

Stefan, is a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chair, educator and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or Senior Non-Executive Director on both public and private companies.

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MATTHEW GILL

Director Coffeesmiths Collective, Inc.
Deputy Chairman

Matthew Gill has been an executive director and an investor of a number of organisations, both public and private over the last 15 years in the United Kingdom. He has worked principally in corporate start-ups and turnarounds as a strategic advisor in a variety of sectors, including property, technology, food retail and financial services, helping to arrange finance when necessary.

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ASHLEY LOPEZ

CEO Coffeesmiths Collective, Inc.
Head of Strategy

Ashley Lopez is a Chicago native who studied in Minnesota and subsequently in London. She became a Director of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in March 2012. After spending a year heading up Human Resources, Ashley moved to Chief Operating Officer…

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PHILLIP MARITZ

Director Coffeesmiths Collective, Inc.
CFO

Phillip is a Board level CFO with a demonstrable track record of influencing strategic decisions within fast growth mid-market organisations that are expanding via a buy-and-build or international expansion.

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RACHEL HILLEL

Director of Concept Delivery

Rachel has over 9 years senior experience in leading the expansion, product and concept extension plans for brands in the UK and internationally.

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RUPERT ELLWOOD

Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Marketing & Customer Engagement Committee

Rupert was educated at Oxford Brookes University and Cranfield School of Management. He is currently Head of Marketing Communications at Waitrose, the UK’s premium food retailer with annual sales in excess of £6 billion, 91,000 staff in 350 locations.

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MICHAEL CHUTER

Senior Non-Executive Director & Chairman of the Finance Committee

Michael Chuter is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors, with board level experience across the public, private and third sectors.

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MANAN TREVEDI

Financial Controller

Manan holds an MSc in Finance from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor degree in Advance Accounting & Auditing. 

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JAMES GRINNELL

Estate Director

James is from Sheffield and went on to study in Leeds and Glasgow. James joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in June 2012, overseeing operations and logistics. He was appointed to the Board of Directors…

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JUSTIN WARD

Head of Operations (Regional)

Justin is an Operations Manager with over 12 years of experience in every area of hospitality working in both the branded and independent sectors.

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DUMO MATHEMA

Head Roaster, Head of Coffee

Originally from Zimbabwe, Dumo moved to London at the age of 9. When not behind the roaster or in the cupping lab Dumo is…

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BENJAMIN SHELTON

Digital Marketing Manager

Benjamin made his way across the pond from Seattle, Washington, USA in September 2016 and is in his 20th year in the coffee industry. Department of Coffee was the perfect fit...

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