Our Team

David Whittaker

Co-founder / Director / Distiller

A creative Chemical Engineer, David’s design, project and operations expertise has seen him build the distillery of his dreams. This has also provided David with the opportunity to commission his innovative new still design and see it come to life.

Vanessa Wilton

Co-founder / Marketing

Vanessa’s passion, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude sees her 25 years of experience in marketing and design glide through the process of building a brand identity for Manly Spirits Co. Always striving for excellence in all aspects of the business from customer service & experience to product development. 

Reg Papps


We have great pleasure to welcome Reg Papps to the Manly Spirits team as our Production Manager/ Distiller of our fine range of spirits. We are stoked to have Reg as part of our spirits program, with Reg coming from a long history in distilling including starting up, operating and selling his own successful distillery in Sydney, producing award winning and much loved products.  Get to know Reg:

Thiago Lopes

Lead Distiller

With a background in Mechanical Engineering and enthusiasm like none other, Thiago has been dubbed the hardest working member of Manly Spirits. Always working out how to improve distilling systems and creating delicious products.  Get to know Thiago:

Rob Sutherland

National Sales

Following a long and successful career in sales, Rob considers himself very privileged to now be responsible for bringing Manly Spirits, a product which he passionately believes in, to alcohol connoisseurs everywhere.


Export Development

Mal has operated at all levels of the retail liquor industry for over 40 years. He has owned and operated more than 20 retail liquor stores during that period. He has a strong passion for the industry.

Beth Justice


Affectionately known as ‘The Hand of the Queen’, Beth has joined the Marketing team alongside Vanessa, bringing with her a passion for all things Communications and Gin.  Get to know Beth:

Peter Barker


With over 15 years experience in the industry, Peter Barker brings a whole lot of passion to the NSW Sales team.  Get to know Peter:

Tom Sramek


With a passion for mixology, extensive experience operating cocktail bars and restaurants, and a flair for designing cocktail menus, Tom is all about making Manly Spirits shine.

Roland Grain

Austrian Distributor

As a whisky aficionado with a wealth of experience Roland distributes the brand throughout German speaking countries.