Leadership Team

PATSY BASS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE
patsy@reeftondistillingco.com

Patsy was born in Reefton and has always enjoyed the simplicity of life on the West Coast.

Her love of the region has been a constant and when Patsy’s work as a project manager saw her return home, she began to look for ways that she could contribute to the revitalisation of her home town. Having spent her early years living on the site of the Westland Brewery, establishing a distillery was a natural step. 

MATT DRAKE
LEAD BRAND AMBASSADOR
matt@reeftondistillingco.com

While travelling throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia Matt discovered a passion for bartending.

Matt returned to New Zealand plying his mixology skills as General Manager at one of Christchurch’s best cocktail bars. He seized the opportunity to join Reefton Distilling Co. as Lead Brand Ambassador which sees him showcasing our products nationally and in new markets as travel opens up.

KIMBERLEY COSTELLOE
FINANCE MANAGER
kimberley@reeftondistillingco.com

Kimberley gained her Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Accountancy at Canterbury University, going on to secure her qualification as a Chartered Accountant.  After spending 12 years’ gaining broad experience working in Chartered Accountancy firms, Kimberley returned home to the West Coast.

SOMASHINI ROSE
ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
somashini@reeftondistillingco.com

Somashini enjoys immersing herself in the history and heritage of the region and exploring the outdoors.  Born in South Africa, Somashini moved to New Zealand at the age of 12.  With a wide range of experience in both the private and public sectors, Somashini supports Patsy in the EA role and manages the office.

LISA DENSEM
PRODUCTION MANAGER
lisa@reeftondistillingco.com

Lisa has a background in Office Management and Health & Safety, for large companies such as OceanaGold and more recently as Sales and Operations Planner for Westland Milk.  Lisa oversees production at the distillery and has been making efficiencies throughout our processes and supply chain. A Reefton local, Lisa lives on her lifestyle property with her husband and daughter.

SHIRLEY WENT
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
shirley@reeftondistillingco.com

With over 25 years' experience in PR and Communications, Shirley has developed internal and external Communications strategies for a wide range of industries, across the private and public sectors.  Shirley uses her skills to help share our evolving story, assisting in growing awareness of our business, our products and our people.

STEFFAN AND NIGEL MACKAY
AMBASSADORS AND WATER PROSPECTORS

Steffan and Nigel are very proud of both their Scottish heritage and the culture of their home town. The twin brothers who were born and grew up in Reefton, are authorities on everything there is to know about the area, its people, and its rich history. Their ability as “water prospectors” has enabled them to find the location of local springs, assisting in the establishment of the water sources for the distillery.