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Chris Black

Managing Director

One half of Thirst's founding duo, Chris is the driving force behind Thirst’s growth, culture and vision. His love of the drinks industry started when working in marketing and sales in the beer industry, so he knows what it’s like to be ‘the client', and works to ensure every project is commercially right.

Matt Burns

Creative Director

Matt has set the creative vision for Thirst from day one. With over a decade in the design industry, he believes that perfecting the creative process is the key to producing creatively rare work. His guidance sets the right conditions for creativity, ensuring every piece of work that leaves the studio meets Thirst's high standards.

Claire Barrett

Strategy Director

Claire has over ten years experience building brands across the globe, working on everything from global rebrands for Coca-Cola to repositionings for Carlsberg. Determining the strategic direction for every project, Claire’s forté is carving out commercial spaces and compelling stories for brands using consumer insight, category intelligence and brand truths.

Alina Pîrvu

Strategy Director

For over 10 years Alina has been combining her passion for behavioural science, knack for culture and love for creativity to create award-winning work for loved iconic global brands and brave challengers. With experience stretching from luxury to charity, from confectionary to drinks, she gives focus to brands and confidence to creative ideas.

Lynsey Pritchard

Account Director

Lynsey is the lynchpin of Thirst, ensuring every project runs like a well oiled machine. With an ability to build lasting relationships through trust, communication and keeping everyone laughing, Lynsey ensures both clients and colleagues are happy customers.

Ben Dantzic

Account Manager

From Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, the only restaurant in the country with two Michelin stars, to his very own burger joint in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Ben’s worked for some of Scotland’s finest and most exciting restaurants. Spending years on the front line of customer service, he’s learned (more than) a thing or two about building lasting relationships – a skill he’s putting to good use in his role at Thirst.

Jo Stein

Account Director

With over 10 years' experience  leading projects for some of the nation's best loved brands, Jo joins our Client Services team with a wealth of experience. Acting as an extension of your team, Jo's committed to delivering the best creative work while taking any pain out of the process for an easy and enjoyable journey.

Craig Balbirnie

Production Manager

Craig has almost 20 years of experience finessing the finer details of brands such as Johnnie Walker. Specialising in art working and production, Craig ensures every piece of work that leaves the studio is perfect. His passion lies in finding ideal print finishes for every job and taking concepts from screen to shelf exactly as envisioned

Melissa Preston

Design Director

Before even graduating, Melissa had won a student D&AD Award for whisky packaging. Working for six years with clients such as Lipton Tea, Cornetto and non-alcoholic spirit Caleno before joining Thirst, she now has her eyes set firmly on that professional D&AD award...

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Eamon Cameron

Design Lead

Eamon specialises in creating clever, cohesive brand identities and systems. He looks near, far and wide for inspiration which results in an experimental approach. He also loves to hand craft the finer details, whether that’s illustrating a brand icon or wax-dipping a bottle top.

Rachel Porter

Senior Designer

Spanning the full drinks category, Rachel has designed everything from soft drinks and beer to gin and whisky. Her eclectic ideas and keen eye for analogue techniques always bring something new to the table (and onto can).

Hattie Windley

Designer

Originally from Lancashire, Hattie moved to the dark side (or Yorkshire) where she studied Graphic Design at Leeds Art University, before going on to design for a wide range of brands from sparkling drinks to cakes. She always has a side project on the go – whether it’s weaving, embroidery or some good old fashioned painting.

Louis Peters

Designer

Louis joins Thirst fresh from graduating with first class honours and an enviable D&AD New Blood ‘One to Watch’ title. Originally at Thirst on an internship, he blew us away with his conceptual thinking and level of execution and was quickly offered a full-time role.

Alex Page

Designer

Alex joins Thirst following a five year stint at one of London’s most exciting agencies. With a broad range of experience working with the likes of Camden Town Brewery and Major League Baseball, Alex is a creative powerhouse with a talent for building engaging brand experiences.

Glen Thorpe

Senior Designer

With over five years’ experience in the design industry, Glen has racked up an enviable client list including Carlsberg, BrewDog, Cadbury and Co-op. Located in Barcelona, his endless creative energy just about outweighs his jealousy-inducing weather updates.

Strategy

Positioning
Naming
Brand story and Tone of voice
Category, consumer and brand analysis
Exploratory & creative testing

Design

Packaging design
Brand identity
Brand system development
Brand guidelines and guardianship
Structural design

Brand Realisation

Secondary pack
Point of Sale and activation
Merchandise
Artwork and production
Product photography and rendering
Brand Communication
Environmental design

Chris Black

Managing Director

One half of Thirst's founding duo, Chris is the driving force behind Thirst’s growth, culture and vision. His love of the drinks industry started when working in marketing and sales in the beer industry, so he knows what it’s like to be ‘the client', and works to ensure every project is commercially right.

Matt Burns

Creative Director

Matt has set the creative vision for Thirst from day one. With over a decade in the design industry, he believes that perfecting the creative process is the key to producing creatively rare work. His guidance sets the right conditions for creativity, ensuring every piece of work that leaves the studio meets Thirst's high standards.

Claire Barrett

Strategy Director

Claire has over ten years experience building brands across the globe, working on everything from global rebrands for Coca-Cola to repositionings for Carlsberg. Determining the strategic direction for every project, Claire’s forté is carving out commercial spaces and compelling stories for brands using consumer insight, category intelligence and brand truths.

Alina Pîrvu

Strategy Director

For over 10 years Alina has been combining her passion for behavioural science, knack for culture and love for creativity to create award-winning work for loved iconic global brands and brave challengers. With experience stretching from luxury to charity, from confectionary to drinks, she gives focus to brands and confidence to creative ideas.

Lynsey Pritchard

Account Director

Lynsey is the lynchpin of Thirst, ensuring every project runs like a well oiled machine. With an ability to build lasting relationships through trust, communication and keeping everyone laughing, Lynsey ensures both clients and colleagues are happy customers.

Ben Dantzic

Account Manager

From Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, the only restaurant in the country with two Michelin stars, to his very own burger joint in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Ben’s worked for some of Scotland’s finest and most exciting restaurants. Spending years on the front line of customer service, he’s learned (more than) a thing or two about building lasting relationships – a skill he’s putting to good use in his role at Thirst.

Jo Stein

Account Director

With over 10 years' experience  leading projects for some of the nation's best loved brands, Jo joins our Client Services team with a wealth of experience. Acting as an extension of your team, Jo's committed to delivering the best creative work while taking any pain out of the process for an easy and enjoyable journey.

Craig Balbirnie

Production Manager

Craig has almost 20 years of experience finessing the finer details of brands such as Johnnie Walker. Specialising in art working and production, Craig ensures every piece of work that leaves the studio is perfect. His passion lies in finding ideal print finishes for every job and taking concepts from screen to shelf exactly as envisioned

Melissa Preston

Design Director

Before even graduating, Melissa had won a student D&AD Award for whisky packaging. Working for six years with clients such as Lipton Tea, Cornetto and non-alcoholic spirit Caleno before joining Thirst, she now has her eyes set firmly on that professional D&AD award...

.

Eamon Cameron

Design Lead

Eamon specialises in creating clever, cohesive brand identities and systems. He looks near, far and wide for inspiration which results in an experimental approach. He also loves to hand craft the finer details, whether that’s illustrating a brand icon or wax-dipping a bottle top.

Rachel Porter

Senior Designer

Spanning the full drinks category, Rachel has designed everything from soft drinks and beer to gin and whisky. Her eclectic ideas and keen eye for analogue techniques always bring something new to the table (and onto can).

Hattie Windley

Designer

Originally from Lancashire, Hattie moved to the dark side (or Yorkshire) where she studied Graphic Design at Leeds Art University, before going on to design for a wide range of brands from sparkling drinks to cakes. She always has a side project on the go – whether it’s weaving, embroidery or some good old fashioned painting.

Louis Peters

Designer

Louis joins Thirst fresh from graduating with first class honours and an enviable D&AD New Blood ‘One to Watch’ title. Originally at Thirst on an internship, he blew us away with his conceptual thinking and level of execution and was quickly offered a full-time role.

Alex Page

Designer

Alex joins Thirst following a five year stint at one of London’s most exciting agencies. With a broad range of experience working with the likes of Camden Town Brewery and Major League Baseball, Alex is a creative powerhouse with a talent for building engaging brand experiences.

Glen Thorpe

Senior Designer

With over five years’ experience in the design industry, Glen has racked up an enviable client list including Carlsberg, BrewDog, Cadbury and Co-op. Located in Barcelona, his endless creative energy just about outweighs his jealousy-inducing weather updates.

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