I am delighted to announce the appointment of Clive Bairsto CBE to the new role of Development Director of the Distillers. Over the last year a management review has been taking place to consider the best way of driving our ambitious agenda of growth and development of our industry activities, our vocational education plans and our social events among many other areas – in fact all areas other than the formal events and Livery governance managed by the Clerk’s office.
The research carried out among liveryman was clear on the need to drive such areas as a mentoring programme, charitable giving and informal networking. The committees wanted to see more resources go into communications and if we are to run another Charity Auction we will need to strengthen the team to drive this forward and not rely excessively on volunteer time.
Clive was chosen from a large number of applicants because of his unique blend of experience and abilities. Coming from a famous family of airmen, he has had an illustrious 30-year career in the Royal Air Force flying Tornados, as OC of the Sovereign base in Cyprus, and at RAF Leuchars, retiring as an Air Vice Marshal. More recently he has worked in charity, helping young people excluded from school to be rehabilitated; he was responsible for crisis management at the National Grid and developing the readiness of the London Olympics team. He will combine his part time work for the Distillers with his role at Streetworks which coordinates the plans of all the utility companies; quite a task on its own!
Clive lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and three girls and will be joining us in March. We welcome him to our company and wish him well in this crucial and exciting new role.