Joff Curtoys

Head of the hedgerows

Joff is head of the hedgerows! Our Sloe Whisky is his tipple. If not bird watching or listening to music, his favourite thing to do is to visit Leoni’s in Malton for a coffee. Should Bob Dylan, John Steinbeck and Alan Shearer be there too, all the better. And let us introduce Patch – our Sloemotion mascot and (impetuous) regular visitor.

Julian Curtoys

Operations Director

Jules holds the purse strings and makes sure our batches get made. He loves a cheese and sloe chutney sandwich, especially while taking a break from a rugged North Yorkshire mountain bike trail or working as the projectionist at Helmsley Arts Cinema.

Claire Curtoys

Publicist plate spinner

Claire is Sloemotion’s chief broadcaster and re-joined the team in 2015. She now even lives over the hedge from Sloemotion; the shortest commute ever! She is a great fan of a Hugo (in the Hedge) cocktail. Catching up with family and friends over a long, homemade lunch with plenty of Gin & Tonics, is one of her greatest joys – however if she was being taken out into York, her place of choice would be Partisan on Micklegate.

Pippa Moore

Marketing & Events Manager

Pipp keeps you all up to date with all that is going on at Sloemotion via social media as well as keeping the web up to date. She loves our Hedgerow Gin, especially on a hot summers day, in the garden. At the weekend, she loves nothing more than a trip to the big smoke, foraging for some fashion inspiration.

Sarah Bray

Account Manager

Gin lover Sarah loves chatting to our off trade customers and letting them know all about our products. In her free time Sarah loves to go for a walk. When she’s not out walking, a Damson Gin with sparkling elderflower is her drink of choice.

Ian Mansell

Production Manager

Ian can’t keep away from Sloemotion and we love having him here. A beer drinking, rugby loving, dog adoring Yorkshire man who loves a pie night in the pub. Frequently found on the squash court or on the ski slopes. He’s a fan of many of our products but is a rather keen on our new Hedgerow Botanical Vodka.

Adam Cook

Account Manager

Gin Enthusiast Adam has re-joined the Sloemotion team bringing with him knowledge of the on-trade sector. He loves nothing more than to host gin evenings, lead staff training sessions and create bespoke Gin and Cocktail menus.

Josh Wilford

Account Manager

Josh is the Sloemotion happy chappy to have around.  He’s everyone’s friend and resident comedy guy!  A breath of fresh air in the office…most of the time! Josh gets out and about selling and promoting our products in Yorkshire and around – you’re not anyone in Malton if you don’t know Josh. Favourite drink: partial to a Hedgerow Gin with Blackberry & Apple with Ginger Ale.

Morgan McDermott

Account Manager

Morgan joined us at Sloemotion after many years managing restaurants, cocktail bars and pubs, he ‘looks after’ the on trade in York, Leeds, Harrogate and anywhere in between. When he’s not hosting gin and food events or designing bespoke cocktails Morgan likes to relax with a ‘Sloegroni’ cocktail…


Marie Bardy


Well, if there’s a level of importance within Sloemotion, Marie is pretty up there!  Keeping the money and figures in check as well as processing orders and invoices.

She’s our only true Southerner and has to put up with all of us Northerners and our Northern ways. She’s loves our liqueurs and if she had to choose, would have a Sloe Gin neat over ice.

Ben Bradbury

Production Supervisor

Also known as No 2, Ben is in a fortunate position of being able to walk to work – not only that but he frequently carries to work a batch of his home-baked chocolate brownies made using our gin-soaked sloes – they’re FABULOUS but you have to grab one before they go! His Sloemotion drink of choice is a Hedgerow Gin and tonic.

Jackie Collins

Account Manager

Jackie is based in the South of England.  She loves looking after our fabulous trade customers in the South, South East and South West in her super chatty way. Jackie’s favourite drink is Sloemotion Bramble Whisky, fresh lime & ginger beer (also known as a Whisky & Ginger). Jackie can often be found playing the double bass with a Whisky & Ginger on hand.

Adam Szczecina


Trained graphic designer Adam helps make and dispatch the products. He loves our Sloe Gin, especially while skiing in his native Poland or sitting under the willow tree near Morrison’s car park in Malton.

Derek Sargerson


Derek keeps a few plates spinning in the Sloemo warehouse within logistics and packing orders, amongst other things. He can turn his hand to most things; we’ve even spotted a pen holder on his packing desk, reconstructed from several ‘recycled’ cardboard tape rolls. He enjoys a drink of our Hedgerow Gin with Rhubarb and Raspberry with a good tonic and ice.

Mandy Unsworth

Production Assistant

Mandy is an important member of the Production Team, not least because she’s the only full time female in there right now; she keeps the rest of the team well in check!

She’s a keen sampler of a few of our products but she’s rather partial to a Hedgerow Gin with Rhubarb and Raspberry mixed with a lemonade and enjoys sipping it at home whilst reading a good book.

Paul Goundry

Production Assistant

An integral member of the Production Team, lending his hand to doing a bit of everything, but quite often over oversees the ‘pumping of the tanks.’  Despite being a keen Craft Beer drinker, he enjoys the occasional Hedgerow G & T – but has also been known to enjoy a few tipples of Sloe Gin whilst out walking his two dogs.

Mark Aldridge


Affectionately known as ‘Magic’, Mark lends his hand to almost any job at Sloemo.  You’ll most likely meet him out and about at some of our shows, chatting to all. He’s a canny fella with a strong interest in ‘the Toon’s’ results – as well as in most rural pursuits. He’s rather partial to a whisky so his tipple of choice would be our Bramble Whisky, served neat on a chilly, frosty morning.

Liz Toms – Rest in Peace

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Liz was a core part of the Sloemotion team from 2008 to 2019. As head of production, she marshalled the troops, she devised production systems (most of which are still in place today) and researched recipes and ideas for new products. It was a privilege to have known such a wonderful, thoughtful, caring & intelligent person. We think of her every day and miss her greatly.

The Tasters

Marijke from North Yorkshire

Hedgerow Ambassador

David from Northumberland

Hedgerow Ambassador
Sloe - celbrating 10 years