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Peter Russell is one of the most highly respected individuals in the Scotch whisky industry today. He joined his father in business in 1956 as a whisky broker, supplying companies such as Justerini & Brooks with their requirements for mature blend. Peter has been working in the Scotch whisky industry for over 45 years and, during this time, it is estimated that he has overseen the sales of the equivalent of more than 25 million cases of Scotch whisky! The acquisition of Glengoyne Distillery and Tamdhu Distillery is the culmination of many years experience and is for Peter "a dream come true".
Leonard entered the wine and spirit business in 1985 when he joined Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in new brand development. He then worked in IDV’s new brand development head office in London before joining the family business in 1989. Leonard has an MBA from the Scottish Business School and is a council member within the Scotch Whisky Association.
Having worked in management consultancy, and with an MA from Aberdeen University and an MBA from the University of Cape Town, Roderick joined Ian Macleod Distillers in 1995 as Export Marketing Manager, with the responsibility for developing the company’s business in the Americas and Spain. He became a director of Ian Macleod Distillers in 2002.
Gordon joined the company in 1982 and, after many years in production - including 10 years as Manager of the company’s Bonded Warehouse - became Chief Blender in 1996 with responsibility for spirit supply, inventory management and blending. Gordon has a degree in Business Studies and worked briefly in the Civil Service before entering the spirits industry. He became a director of Ian Macleod Distillers in 2004.
Iain graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Business Studies) degree from Edinburgh University in 1994 before joining Adobe Software Systems (Europe) as Business Development and Localisation Executive (Central and Eastern Europe and Africa – CEEA). In 1999, Iain moved to Ian Macleod Distillers as UK Marketing Manager and in 2000 was promoted to Key Accounts Sales Manager. In 2003, Iain became Head of Marketing and was then appointed Director of Marketing in 2006. Iain is now responsible for all global brand development.
Neil joined Ian Macleod Distillers in 2010 having begun his career in the industry in 1991 with Whyte & Mackay as a Brand Manager. He went on to become Region Director for Asia for Glenmorangie for four years and then spent nine years with Bacardi, first as Marketing Director and then Global Brand Director for the Dewar’s and William Lawson portfolio of whiskies. Neil holds an MA from Dundee University and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University. Neil oversees the development of our malt portfolio and has specific P&L responsibility for the UK, USA and Canadian markets.
Robbie joined Glengoyne in October 2003 and is responsible for the production of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky and for maintaining their exceptional quality. Robbie’s extensive experience in the Scotch whisky industry began when he joined Hiram Walker in 1984 as Production Operator at Balblair Distillery before moving to Diageo in 2000 where he was involved in the running of four malt whisky distilleries.
Sandy joined Ian Macleod Distillers in November 2014 as Tamdhu Distillery Manager following 8 ½ years of experience in malting and distilling in Speyside. Initially at Burghead and Roseisle Maltings he has spent time at Glenlossie, Mannochmore and latterly Glen Spey Distilleries with Diageo, before joining Tamdhu where he oversees all of our operations.
Stuart was recruited from Oddbins in 1995 to develop the visitor programme at Glengoyne. His team now provide in-depth, entertaining experiences to 65,000 annual visitors. Stuart has a hand in brand development, cask selection and brand promotion, with particular emphasis on North American and Scandinavia.