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THE MASTER: Kenny MacKay

Having started my career in 1977, I have lived through some remarkable
changes in our industry – This continuum is also reflected in our
membership, with somewhere over 85% of our Livery being involved in
distilling and associated trades, allowing for great fellowship amongst us.
Of particular interest to me are our charitable initiatives, as I believe our
Livery presents unique opportunities to “give”- whether that giving is
Time, Talent or Treasure. It has therefore given me huge pleasure to be
able to support Future Youth Zone for our Charity bike ride.

James Higgins

James is a Liveryman and Steward of the Distillers’ Company. James
is an in-house lawyer and has spent the last 21 years in the drinks
industry working for Scottish & Newcastle and Diageo. He has
undertaken a number of endurance sports events over the years and
so is very much looking forward to taking part in Distillers500. He is
riding for The Royal Marines Charity. James’ father was a marine in
the 1950s and fought in the Korean War. James wanted to do
something to honour his father’s service and all those in the Royal
Marines family that The Royal Marines Charity does so much to

Ed Macey-Dare

Ed Macey-Dare is a solicitor at Lee Bolton Monier-Williams – a law firm
famed for its work in wine and spirits brand protection. Ed is the Clerk
of the Distillers’ Company and also a Liveryman. He is riding for The
Stonyhurst Foundation, a charity launched in July of this year which is
focused on widening access to the school by removing financial
barriers. It is the largest ring-fenced independent bursary and fee
assistance charity of its kind in Catholic independent education in the
UK. Having been educated at Stonyhurst himself – and also the
recipient of a bursary – this is Ed’s way of saying thank you to his alma
mater and putting something back.

Simon Swift

Simon spent most of his early career working in the contract
catering sector including at Epsom Racecourse and Lords Cricket
Ground. He joined the drinks sector in 2010 with a move to
Bibendum Wine Ltd where he set up a new retail proposition – The
Wondering Wine Company. In 2018 he saw a gap in the market to
supply reusable, shatterproof and recyclable polymer drinkware
to the events sector and set up govino (UK) LTD. He also spends
time working with REEL BRANDS a leader in developing plastic
free packaging. Simon is cycling for The St Nicholas Nairobi Fund,
set up to support and care for children in some of the poorest
areas of Kenya. In 2011 funds were raised to construct a purpose-built school educating 90 young children with the aim to give them hope of a better start in life for their family and local

Alan Montague-Dennis

Alan is a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Distillers’ Company.
He is the UK Director of Prestige Sales for Mentzendorff. He
entered the wine trade working for Saccone & Speed and then
moved to Majestic Wine, Hatch Mansfield and Allied Domecq. A
veteran cyclist, he has toured around France, Spain, Portugal, Italy
and The Cape Argus in South Africa. Alan is cycling to raise money
for the charity, Action Against Hunger (AAH); helping to save lives
for almost 40 years, across nearly 50 countries AAH have led the
global fight against hunger.

David Wilson

David is a Liveryman and Master of the Keepers of the Quaich and
has worked in the drinks industry for 24 years, holding a number
of senior leadership positions for Morrison Bowmore Distillers, Beam Suntory and currently William Grant & Sons. He is married with 4 children. A keen cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, David is excited to be joining the Distillers 500 and the very worthwhile charities which the team are supporting. David’s chosen charity is Parkinson’s UK, a charity that works tirelessly to help those affected by this challenging and life changing condition.

Ann Medlock

Ann is the co-founder of Golden Decanters, an independent bottler of single malt Scotch whiskies. Ann is a recreational cyclist, who once tackled the Caledonia Etape. A passionate supporter of the Woodland Trust, Ann wanted to highlight the importance of our forests for harbouring wildlife and making humans happy too! The mighty oak, so important in the Scotch whisky industry for the maturation of spirit, in general supports upwards of 400 other species! She also has fond memories of her local youth club
and is delighted to be part of a team hoping to contribute to Onside
Youths Zones for the 21st century!

Scott Allen

Scott is MD at Allen Associates (HPE) Ltd, the largest Scottish based chemical and process engineering design consultancy serving the Scotch whisky and related industries. Although not strictly a distiller, Scott has worked at over 100 distilleries so feels very much part of the distilling community. Scott is a keen cyclist, so being able to combine that with the
Distillers’ charity ride from his hometown to London was too tempting to turndown. He is riding for the Scottish Association for Mental Health in recognition of the fact that many of us will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in our lives; this is therefore an area which needs our support, particularly during the current pandemic.