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Our Team

Alex Kragiopoulos

Co-owner, Head of Production

Alex (known to most as ‘Krag’!) founded the business in 2013 at the age of 22. He learned to roast with some of the best and now heads up our Roastery operation, overseeing production and managing our green coffee purchases with Hols. Krag has worked on consultancy projects for a host of roasteries across the UK and Europe and now holds a managerial role within the operational side of our business. He is well known and loved by the team for having the voice of an angel (jokes) and for frequently providing plenty of sweet treats.

Holly Kragiopoulos

Co-owner, Coffee Specialist

Hols started her career in coffee as a buyer and ethical coordinator for green importers, Falcon Specialty. She became a licensed Q Grader taster in 2014 and participates as a member of the international jury for the Cup of Excellence, travelling at least once a year to assist with judging for the most prestigious competition for quality in coffee. For North Star, Hols has penned our ethical procurement approach and manages our marketing and communications along with choosing our green coffee and the producers we work with. She is mad about flavour and has assisted with a range of businesses in the food industry who have benefitted from her taste buds!

Ollie Sears

Wholesale Business Development, AST Trainer

Ollie joined North Star in 2015 as our Wholesale Manager and he has swiftly become known as the face of the business being most people’s first point of contact with our company. He is the friendliest, most optimistic chap you will ever meet but importantly, he is one of the most qualified and experienced baristas and trainers in the UK. Ol is an Authorised SCA Trainer and is unique in the way he approaches and delivers support and training, appropriate to the needs of your business. He is passionate about helping you to succeed with a true focus on environmental and social responsibility throughout.

James Fairweather

Production Roaster

James has been roasting for North Star since 2017. He now heads up our production roasting whilst working alongside the dispatch team to fulfil all orders coming in. James has developed a fantastic palate which hugely complements his approach to roasting, and has provided him with an interesting vocabulary to describe his experience of the coffees we bring in. James is the reason our coffees are so consistent, he genuinely wants to bring out the absolute best of each bean and he does a great job of inherently understanding the potential each lot holds.

Marcus Reading

Dispatch Manager

In October 2019 we started to advertise for a dispatch role within the Roastery to help us fulfil orders as the winter season hit full peak. We interviewed several candidates but Marcus caught our attention with his broad working background that had seen him fulfil a range of operational roles, from working on farms in Australia to an ethical caviar farm here in Leeds! He has been with us ever since having done an excellent job and he now manages the preparation of wholesale and retail orders. He is fastidious in his commitment to our customers to package their orders with care and attention to detail. He also shares our collective love of sweet treats!

Lydia Turnbull

Marketing & Content Lead

Lyd has worked in Marketing for nine years across the arts, charity, retail and now coffee. She joined the team in June 2021 and now heads up North Star’s marketing, content and events. Lyd is responsible for the development and delivery of all marketing campaigns and helps tell our brand story both online and offline. Reach out to her if you have any press enquiries, want to be part of the North Star community, are interested in collaboration, or generally have any marketing questions.

 

Lucas Jubb

Branding Lead

Lucas has over ten years of experience designing for independent brands and is the man behind many of Leeds’ much loved brands. We started working with him when searching for more sustainable packaging options and he was responsible for launching our new packaging in 2021. He has since joined us full time! Lucas is responsible for both North Stars’ external and internal branding and will play a key role in delivering our impact-led brand values.

Liam Maidment

Account Manager

We have had the pleasure of knowing Liam for 9 years now and have watched his coffee career going from strength to strength as he has amassed amazing experience with the likes of Grindsmith Coffee, Grumpy Mule and most recently, the wonderful Origin Coffee. He has such a well-rounded background in coffee having worked as a barista, green buyer and roaster. What’s more, he is a licensed Q grader taster and has also previously competed in the SCA UK Brewer’s Cup, taking 3rd place. So yeah, we are pretty chuffed he has joined the team to work alongside fellow gem and North Star Business Development Manager, Ollie Sears – what a duo these two make!

Lily Durham

Dispatch

Lily joined us in July of 2021 and was quickly showing the dispatch team up with her speed and efficiency. Lily is also a freelance digital print designer in her spare time and lives with a domineering rabbit called Otis.

John Smethurst

Training & Dispatch

John is a North Star veteran, having worked in our coffee shop before coming to join us at the roastery. He likes things done properly, which comes in handy in his role as a trainer and a member of the dispatch team.

Want to work with us?

Vacancies

Our team is always growing and we love to hear from people who share our ethos and believe in what we are doing. If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, why not drop us a line to hello@northstarroast.com to express an interest in upcoming vacancies? We look forward to hearing from you 🙂

We are currently hiring for a Production Assistant. Find out more about the role and how to apply.

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