The newest appointment to the Gin Guild’s board of directors is hoping to tell more smaller distilleries about the advantages of joining the respected industry body.

Kathy Caton, founder and managing director of Brighton Gin, has proudly accepted the coveted role at the Guild which aims to provide leadership and focus to the promotion of gin and protection for the category.

Her distilling journey began ten years ago after a lightbulb moment while out for a run on the seafront following a night drinking gin, when Kathy realised it was likely one of the only tipples she could have enjoyed until late, before being up early for her morning exercise.

She subsequently spent many months crafting the perfect gin which captures the essence of the vibrant south coast city.

Speaking about her appointment to The Gin Guild board, Kathy said: “It’s a really amazing organisation -I know there are smaller distilleries like us who may not realise the Gin Guild are for them, but for me, it is quite the opposite.

“I am really excited but a little bit nervous, there are some absolute titans of the drinks industry involved, Christopher Hayman of Hayman’s Gin, who is the Chairman, and Dr Anne Brock from Bombay Sapphire to name just two.

“They’re all absolutely amazing but I hope I can bring a different perspective and attract lots of smaller members of the distilling community, spreading the word about the Guild.”

Kathy said the Guild’s commitment to quality made the role so attractive.

“As someone who makes a premium product with love and care, I am delighted to be involved with an organisation that champions quality and stands up for gin,” she added.

Kathy combines her love of gin with a passion for radio and is an award-winning freelance broadcaster, producer and presenter, still hosting a weekly show on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey.

Mr Hayman said: “We are delighted to welcome Kathy to the Gin Guild board.

“I am sure she will bring her enthusiasm, vast experience and distilling knowledge to help support the work of the Guild, its members and the vast number of craft distillers around the world.”

Gin Guild Director General Pal Gleed said: “Kathy’s appointment to the Gin Guild board is a fantastic choice.

“She is incredibly talented and will bring her trademark wit, humour and knowledge to highlight the work of the Guild.”


The Gin Guild Board:

  • Dr Anne Brock
  • Kathy Caton
  • Christopher Hayman (Board Chairman)
  • Jim Long
  • Charles Maxwell
  • Martin Riley
  • Dan Szor