TEAM

Damien Lui
Name
Damien Lui
Role
Executive Chairman, co-founder of the Paced Group
Bio
Damien’s passion for specialty coffee developed during his student years at The University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Science. He soon obtained his CFA designation and worked as a research/credit analyst for 17 years, most recently for 3i and Investcorp, across a diversified range of industries. Damien joined the Paced Group in September 2017.
Liz Bowman
Name
Liz Bowman
Role
Managing Director
Bio
Sharing a long standing passion for coffee, Liz was a founding member of the Paced team back in 2012. She has spent her career in finance in Australia and London, helping companies grow and develop. For the past ten years she was a senior adviser to companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and worked with a range of businesses raising growth capital and supporting mergers and acquisitions. In 2018 she found the smell of coffee irresistible and joined PACED as Managing Director in September 2018.
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Name
Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
Role
Managing Director (Colonna)
Bio
Specialty coffee became Maxwell’s passion after spending time in Melbourne Australia. After returning to the UK, Maxwell set up a coffee company with his wife, Lesley. After years touring the festival and events circuit, Maxwell opened the award-winning coffee shop, Colonna & Smalls. Colonna has since grown into a diverse wholesale and retail business. Maxwell has won the UK Barista title three times and authored two books about specialty coffee – The Coffee Dictionary and Water for Coffee with MIT chemist, Christopher H Hendon.
Andrew Bowman
Name
Andrew Bowman
Role
Non-exec Director
Bio
Andrew is currently Director and equity partner of Gemsstock, the European Hedge Macro Fund of the Year 2015/16. As a Chartered Accountant and experienced investment analyst, Andrew brings over 15 years’ experience across banking and hedge funds to the Paced Group.
Fiona Dendy
Name
Fiona Dendy
Role
Finance Director
Bio
Fiona has over 15 years in UK professional services, starting in audit and moving on to become Corporate Finance Director at BDO for 12 years. Fiona brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance and financial due diligence to the Paced team. As Finance Director, she oversees all reporting and financial control, forecasting, financing and treasury management. Since joining Paced, Fiona has developed an appreciate for filter coffee, but still fancies a latte to get her going in the morning.
Justine Prain
Name
Justine Prain
Role
Operations Director and MD Brewed by Hand, co-founder of the Paced Group
Bio
As a Kiwi coffee lover and founding member of Paced, Justine works closely with every part of the group. She brings 18 years’ experience in operational team management and project management for businesses of all sizes, including online banking, environmental programs, and consulting for both the public and the private sector. Today, Justine performs a dual role as MD for Brewed by Hand and oversees all Operations & HR functions.
Kester Dobson
Name
Kester Dobson
Role
Technology Director
Bio
Kester looks after most things with an on/off switch within Paced Group. He’s got a background in software engineering, experience in web, mobile, data and integrating lots of different systems. He previously managed the award-winning Harris + Hoole loyalty app + platform.
Catherine Seay
Name
Catherine Seay
Role
Coffee Curator, co-founder of the Paced Group
Bio
Cath is an accomplished barista and trainer with over 10 years’ experience in hospitality. She has a particular interest in the latest coffee trends and strives to be a leader in the industry. Cath is a co-founder of Curators Coffee and the Paced Group, having previously worked as manager and head barista at both specialty and chain coffee establishments.
Andrew Tucker
Name
Andrew Tucker
Role
Business Development Director
Bio
Andrew has over 10 years in specialty coffee and almost 20 years in hospitality. He brings expertise across roastery design & management, procurement, production, multi-site retail management, BD and coffee education. He’s been a regular contributor to coffee trade press, is a founding partner of the Independent Coffee Guide and a panel member for the Seed Fund prize. Andrew works with each Paced business to ensure we remain at the forefront of the global coffee industry.
Samuel Goldsmith
Name
Samuel Goldsmith
Role
Editor-in-Chief Best Coffee
Bio
Sam has over 10 years’ experience working in the food and drink industry as a writer, educator, cook and consultant. He has written features and recipes for national and international magazines such as Waitrose Kitchen and Australian Delicious, consulted on a number of best-selling food and drink books, and was a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less. In 2015, he became a founding advisor for award winning charity 91 Ways. He has become increasingly interested in coffee since having his first flat white in Colonna & Small’s eight years ago.
Alice Besley
Name
Alice Besley
Role
HR Manager
Bio
Alice started her career in investment banking during the height of the financial crisis, so learned a thing or two about managing change, uncertainty and merging two very distinct businesses and cultures. After realising the corporate gig wasn’t for her, she found herself in the specialty coffee industry, and hasn’t looked back since. Alice helped set up and refine people functions for Harris + Hoole and Taylor St Baristas, and now looks after everything people for us here at Paced.
Arthur Presser
Name
Arthur Presser
Role
Visual Designer
Bio
Arthur is a hands-on visual designer passionate about branding and typography. Working closely with creative companies in the speciality food and drinks businesses, Arthur helps brands connect to people through engaging and relevant design systems

ADVISORS

James Hoffmann
Name
James Hoffmann
Bio
James is co-founder and Managing Director of Square Mile Coffee Roasters. James is well known to the global industry, having worked in coffee since 2003 as a barista, barista trainer, speaker and consultant. He was the World Barista Champion in 2007 and penned The World Atlas Of Coffee. Today, he consults on new product development for leading manufacturers and advises Paced on our commercial and coffee strategy.
Chee Wong
Name
Chee Wong
Bio
Chee serves as Non-Executive Director and Product-Tech advisor for a portfolio of businesses. After leaving the Telecoms world, he served as COO at Shazam, CDO at Hailo, interim CTO at CrowdSurge (now SongKick) and CTO for Ink Global before embarking on a plural career. Chee is also an award-winning barista and an avid rock climber.
Rachel Kelly
Name
Rachel Kelly
Bio
Rachel is the former CEO of T2 and Executive Director of the Just Group. As a Non-Executive Director, Retail Strategist and Advisor, Rachel has created sustained value in highly complex businesses with diverse product categories and varying business models. Her experience spans crisis management through to high growth environments, international expansion, joint ventures and strategic alliances. With a deep passion for the DNA of retailing, Rachel is fascinated by the accelerated pace of change and intense competition that is shaping the global retail landscape.
Andy Birley
Name
Andy Birley
Bio
Andy is the Managing partner in a boutique advisory business. The business supports organisations and funds throughout the complete investment cycle, from origination through to portfolio support. His primary focus is to drive use of the Fractional executive model in differing landscapes from start up to private equity funded businesses within the mid-market. With an engineering and supply chain background, Andy’s focus around customer centricity and end-to-end supply chain, from manufacturing to the end customer, adds an experienced operational and commercial acumen to the Paced Group.