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    Rosalind Erskine Food and Drink Editor, The Scotsman

    Rosalind is Food and Drink Editor of national newspaper, The Scotsman.  Rosalind is passionate about food and drink, is a regular host of tastings, a member of numerous judging panels for whisky and...
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    Rosalind is Food and Drink Editor of national newspaper, The Scotsman.  Rosalind is passionate about food and drink, is a regular host of tastings, a member of numerous judging panels for whisky and was the drinks expert on the inaugural series of BBC Scotland’s The Great Food Guys.   As the host of Scran, The Scotsman’s award-nominated food and drinks podcast, she has championed all that Scotland’s larder has to offer, sharing stories with some of Scotland’s best loved producers, distillers and stars. 

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    Rosalind Erskine

    Food and Drink Editor, The Scotsman
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    Michael Alexander Diageo

    Michael is global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability for Diageo and its operations in over 30 countries.   With over 20 years of environmental experience, his principle...
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    Michael is global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability for Diageo and its operations in over 30 countries.   With over 20 years of environmental experience, his principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated policies, communications, and stakeholder engagement, with particular focus on water stewardship and agricultural supply chains.

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    Michael Alexander

    Diageo
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    Vikki Bruce Director, Casknet

    Vikki Bruce is co-founder of Casknet a startup technology company providing a new digital register for Scotch whisky casks enabling cask owners to verify, authenticate and accurately value their casks. ...
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    Vikki Bruce is co-founder of Casknet a startup technology company providing a new digital register for Scotch whisky casks enabling cask owners to verify, authenticate and accurately value their casks.  She is also Managing Director of Maclean & Bruce a luxury travel business which hosts international guests from across the world in luxury private whisky events combining activities, rare experiences and luxury food, drink, accommodation and transport.

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    Vikki Bruce

    Director, Casknet
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    Mark Thomson Insights Director, TRKR

    Mark Thomson is a founder of TRKR, an advisory business which helps food and drink manufacturers protect and win shelf space via market data, bespoke insight and direct consumer feedback.   Mark...
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    Mark Thomson is a founder of TRKR, an advisory business which helps food and drink manufacturers protect and win shelf space via market data, bespoke insight and direct consumer feedback.   Mark is TRKR’s insights expert, ensuring businesses know their category and who their shoppers are.  He joined TRKR after 15 years at Kantar leading their Scottish and Irish business.

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    Mark Thomson

    Insights Director, TRKR
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    Jonny Jones Managing Director, UK and Ireland, CGA by NIQ

    As MD for UK & Ireland, Jonny leads CGA’s commercial relationships with suppliers, operators and RTM across the GB and Island of Ireland businesses. Having spent 14 years at CGA in various client...
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    As MD for UK & Ireland, Jonny leads CGA’s commercial relationships with suppliers, operators and RTM across the GB and Island of Ireland businesses.

    Having spent 14 years at CGA in various client service and analytics roles, Jonny now provides insight and strategic consultancy to the senior teams of key players within the out-of-home food and drink market. Applying his passions for hospitality and actionable, data driven insight to support the growth strategies of some of the biggest brands in the market.

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    Jonny Jones

    Managing Director, UK and Ireland, CGA by NIQ
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    Lesley Ann Gray Kantar

    Lesley Ann Gray joined Kantar Worldpanel in 2018 as its Strategic lead for Scotland.  With over 30 years’ experience in the Scottish food and drink industry she works across Scotland’s...
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    Lesley Ann Gray joined Kantar Worldpanel in 2018 as its Strategic lead for Scotland.  With over 30 years’ experience in the Scottish food and drink industry she works across Scotland’s Food and Drink sector, collaborating with companies and brands of all sizes, in addition to retailers, the public sector and academics. She helps them all to understand shopper behaviour in order to grow.

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    Lesley Ann Gray

    Kantar
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    Jacine Rutasikwa Matugga Rum

    Jacine Rutasikwa is the co-founder of Livingston-based Matugga Distillery  and one of Scotland’s highest profile rum distilleries.
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    Jacine Rutasikwa is the co-founder of Livingston-based Matugga Distillery  and one of Scotland’s highest profile rum distilleries.

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    Jacine Rutasikwa

    Matugga Rum
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    Joe Hind Scotland Food and Drink

    Joe is the Policy Manager for Scotland Food and Drink, the national membership association and works with government and industry to work together to promote Scottish produce.  The food and drink...
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    Joe is the Policy Manager for Scotland Food and Drink, the national membership association and works with government and industry to work together to promote Scottish produce.  The food and drink sector is now worth an estimated £15 billion and Scotland Food and Drink represent over

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    Joe Hind

    Scotland Food and Drink
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    Andrew McDonald Burness Paull

    Andrew specialises in Intellectual Property and advises some of the UK’s largest brands on IP matters, from trade mark issues to wider brand protection strategy.  His firm, Burness Paull has...
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    Andrew specialises in Intellectual Property and advises some of the UK’s largest brands on IP matters, from trade mark issues to wider brand protection strategy.  His firm, Burness Paull has an extensive track record in advising and supporting the Scottish distilling industry, from having acted for some of the country’s largest distillers, to recently sponsoring the Scottish Rum Festival.

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    Andrew McDonald

    Burness Paull
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    Adam Hardie Partner and Head of Food and Drink, Johnston Carmichael

    Adam leads Johnston Carmichael’s food and drink team and regularly advises clients on strategic growth and funding options.  Adam is very well connected across the distilling sector and regularly...
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    Adam leads Johnston Carmichael’s food and drink team and regularly advises clients on strategic growth and funding options.  Adam is very well connected across the distilling sector and regularly makes introductions across his network of business leaders, investors and intermediaries to help clients grow. Adam is also Chair of The Scottish Gin Awards, a judge with The Scottish Beer Awards and founding sponsor of In Drinks Catalyst, the drinks accelerator programme for start up drinks businesses.

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    Adam Hardie

    Partner and Head of Food and Drink, Johnston Carmichael
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    Jim Rankin Rankin & Sons

    Jim Rankin is Commercial Director and 6th generation owner of Rankin Brothers & Sons, supplier of corks and closures to the Beers, Wines, Spirits and Foods Packaging industries.    His...
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    Jim Rankin is Commercial Director and 6th generation owner of Rankin Brothers & Sons, supplier of corks and closures to the Beers, Wines, Spirits and Foods Packaging industries.    His early career with Penfolds in Australia honed his commercial skills and returned to the UK as Sales Director of Rankin in 1992, the family business which he now leads. 

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    Jim Rankin

    Rankin & Sons
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    Annabel Thomas Nc’nean

    Annabel is the founder and CEO of Nc'nean Distillery.  After a career in Management Consulting, she pursued her dream to own a whisky distillery and created Nc'nean in 2017 creating a brand which...
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    Annabel is the founder and CEO of Nc'nean Distillery.  After a career in Management Consulting, she pursued her dream to own a whisky distillery and created Nc'nean in 2017 creating a brand which is named after an ancient Gaelic goddess.   The distillery is one of the most sustainable in Scotland and has already achieved B Corporation status. 

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    Annabel Thomas

    Nc’nean
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    Morag Garden CEO, English Whisky Guild

    Morag is the first CEO of the English Whisky Guild supporting them in a vision for English whisky to be recognised worldwide.  The former Head of Sustainability & Innovation for the Scotch Whisky...
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    Morag is the first CEO of the English Whisky Guild supporting them in a vision for English whisky to be recognised worldwide.  The former Head of Sustainability & Innovation for the Scotch Whisky Association, Morag has strong experience in the sustainability sector and has also worked as an adviser and consultant to mainstream retail and management sectors on decarbonisation and off setting planning.

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    Morag Garden

    CEO, English Whisky Guild
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    Stuart Falconer Distillery Project Manager, Michael Laird Architects

    Stuart is Project Director at Michael Laird Architects, a leading Scottish architectural practice which designs sustainable buildings through innovation, collaboration and encouragement.   ...
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    Stuart is Project Director at Michael Laird Architects, a leading Scottish architectural practice which designs sustainable buildings through innovation, collaboration and encouragement.    His personal focus on the drinks sector has seen him oversee new distilleries and distillery expansion projects for clients including Diageo, Bacardi and Edrington.

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    Stuart Falconer

    Distillery Project Manager, Michael Laird Architects
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    Emilio Giovanazzi Head Bartender, The American Bar at Gleneagles

    Emilio is Head Bartender of the award winning American Bar at Gleneagles, one of the worlds most iconic luxury resorts and winner of numerous international accolades in food and drink.   A career...
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    Emilio is Head Bartender of the award winning American Bar at Gleneagles, one of the worlds most iconic luxury resorts and winner of numerous international accolades in food and drink.   A career bartender, Emilio honed his skills in Glasgow, learning his craft in numerous environments including cosy bars, electric nightclubs and fine dining restaurants.   Emilio’s cocktail skills has been built over years of service to discerning international customers and he has a particular devotion to the craft of gin.

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    Emilio Giovanazzi

    Head Bartender, The American Bar at Gleneagles
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    Matthew Pauley Assistant Professor of Distilling, Heriot Watt University

    Matthew is Assistant Professor of Distilling at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, one of the leading centres for technical excellence in distilling...
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    Matthew is Assistant Professor of Distilling at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, one of the leading centres for technical excellence in distilling education.

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    Matthew Pauley

    Assistant Professor of Distilling, Heriot Watt University
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    Alan Powell Coordinator, The British Distillers Alliance

    Alan Powell is a former HMRC Policy official and independent adviser to the distilling sector.  He is also co-ordinator of the British Distillers Alliance. Since leaving the Department almost 20 years...
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    Alan Powell is a former HMRC Policy official and independent adviser to the distilling sector.  He is also co-ordinator of the British Distillers Alliance.

    Since leaving the Department almost 20 years ago, he has been a consultant with “Big 4” accountancy firms and latterly an independent consultant to the trade.

    He is honorary advisor to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) and a Chartered Tax Advisor and Fellow of the Institute of Indirect Taxation, in which capacity he sits as the excise duties expert on the Indirect Taxes Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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    Alan Powell

    Coordinator, The British Distillers Alliance