The Gin Guild welcomed 24 new members at an exclusive ceremony held at The Savile Club in London, bringing the total number to 174.
At a ceremony on 26 May, the new members were ‘installed’ by The Gin Guild’s Grand Rectifier Martin Riley. They each swore an oath, while symbolically holding juniper berries, to protect the spirit’s quality and production around the world.
The aim of The Gin Guild is to bring together gin distillers and industry leaders and together we promote and encourage a commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit.
“Over the past five years we have welcomed a wide range of members to The Gin Guild and we offer a very warm welcome to those who joined us recently.”
At The Gin Guild’s recent Ginposium event on 12 May Arthur Nägele, an independent trainer and adviser for alcoholic beverages, based in Vienna, also took his oath and joined the Guild as Rectifier.
Membership is open to a range of gin industry players with various classes from Founder Wardens who are appointed by the four founder companies,Bacardi,Diageo, William Grant & Sons and Chivas Brothers; Warden Rectifiers, who include distillers, producers and brand owners, and Rectifiers, who have roles in the production, distribution and marketing of gin, including leading bartenders, journalists, marketing experts and educators.
The 24 new members in the May intake are:
Wardens (Distillers &/or brand owners)
Jon Chadwick, established Durham Distillery in 2013, the first legal distillery in Durham since the reign of Henry VIII.
Simon Ford, founded The 86 Co and Fords Gin in 2012, a growing and trendy brand especially in the USA.
Karl Mason is the Brand Owner of Mason’s Yorkshire Gin, the first modern day distillery in Yorkshire, putting the county on the drinks’ map (and on its’ drinks mats).
Alexandra Robson is Co-founder of West End Drinks, which launched the King of Soho London dry gin in October 2013.
Geordie Willis is Creative Director at Berry Bros & Rudd, who own No.3 London Dry Gin.
Warden Nominated Rectifiers (new members associated with Warden members)
James Goggin, Portfolio Ambassador for Maverick Drinks, the UK distributer for craft brands such as St George. James helped Maverick win the coveted ‘IWSC Spirits Distributor of the Year’ award in 2014.
Howard Raymond, Co-founder and Director of West End Drinks. The King of Soho gin was named as a tribute to his father, Paul Raymond and its bohemian bottle style represents both the past and present of Soho life.
Kathy Mason is the Co-brand Owner of Mason’s Yorkshire Gin, a very successful gin with a distillery in Bedale.
Luke Tegner is the Brands Director at Berry Bros & Rudd and has been involved in the development of their No.3 gin from its conception to launch in 2010.
Jessica Tomlinson is the Chief Distiller, Durham Distillery, and at 27 is one of the youngest senior distillers in the UK.
Daniel Warner is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Fords Gin in Europe.
Rectifiers, sponsored and nominated by Founders and/or Wardens
Nominated by Chivas Brothers/Pernod Ricard
Ian Buxton is an advocate of the gin category and author of 101 Gins to Try Before you Die, the success of which is testament to his long-standing influence.
Geraldine Coates is regarded as a cornerstone of the gin category and supports the development of the category through her books, regular contributions to UK publications and website www.gintime.com.
Dimitrious Kiakos is the Owner of The Gin Joint, Greece’s only gin focused cocktail bar. He is accepted as one of the top professional bar managers.
Olivier Ward co-founded Gin Foundry, a leading source of information for gin enthusiasts and members of the trade.
Olivia Williams is the author of Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London and continues to champion the category.
Nominated by Diageo
Tim Homewood has been representing Tanqueray for the past three years as the GB Brand Ambassador.
Louise McKerrow joined Diageo 13 years ago and is now the European Marketing Director for Gordon’s, Tanqueray and Pimms.
Ken McLachlan joined Diageo in 1990 and has been involved in the launch of Tanqueray No. Ten and the development of Gordon’s Distillers’ Cut and Jinzu, a gin which brings together Oriental and Occidental influences.
Ron Van Houten began his career at Diageo 15 years ago and now procures botanicals and ingredients for Diageo’s gins.
Installed in their own right and provenance
Craig Harper has been the On Trade Manager at Fever-Tree since 2012, working on the promotion of their tonic, with a focus on gin.
Bernhard Schäfer is the Co-Founder of the European Network of Spirit Experts and is a panel member on a number of different spirit competitions, including IWSC.
Trevor Stirling, has been involved in spirits analysis since 1990, he is now European Beverages Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein and a seasoned commentator and supporter of the gin industry.
Dan Thwaites launched the first crowd-funded gin in the UK, Yerburgh’s Jam Jar Gin.