Gin Guild Installs Pal Gleed as Director General

The Gin Guild’s annual dinner and Spring Installation of new members took place in London’s Guildhall on the 5th of May.

In front of an audience which included WCD Master Chris Porter, Upper Warden Chris Searle, Middle Warden Lorne MacKillop and 19 other liverymen, 23 new members were sworn in to join the Gin Guild’s ranks.

Pal Gleed, the incoming Director General of the Gin Guild with Middle Warden Lorne MacKillop

Included in this installation ceremony was the new Director General Pal Gleed, George Maxwell, son of former Master Charles Maxwell, and Dr Abhishek Banik, who all joined the Guild as Rectifiers.

Other installees included multi-award winner Jon Hillgren from Hernö Distillery and Rob Curteis from G&J Distillers.

George Maxwell with Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild Lesley Gracie, and his father Charles Maxwell

Following the installation ceremony guests enjoyed the legendary Gin Guild bar, which featured founder member gins, and those of new installees, including the Stranger & Sons (of India) collaboration with Four Pillars (of Australia) – the Spice Trade Gin.

 Incoming Director General Pal Gleed with Grand Rectifier Lesley Gracie and outgoing DG Nicholas Cook

After a delicious meal followed a highly entertaining speech by Liveryman Sam Galsworthy, who talked about the many highs and lows of his colourful career, including his infamous run-in with the Court over his initial choice of company names. He is (still) truly sorry.

The surprise for many on the night was the awarding of the Gin Guild’s Lifetime achievement award, its highest honour, to outgoing Director General Nicholas Cook, which was bestowed upon him by fellow Liveryman and Gin Guild Chairman Christopher Hayman following his decade in the role. Nicholas is only the 5th person to receive this accolade.

Christopher Hayman gives Nicholas Cook’s Lifetime Achievement award announcement

Following an excellent speech from Christopher Hayman and a thank you response from Nicholas, the audience rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation, which was then followed by a rousing “Three cheers!” A good night was had by all.

Sam Galsworthy, Sipsmith Co-founder gave the after dinner speech
All 23 Installees to the Gin Guild in Spring 2022

For a full list of all Gin Guild installations, please click here.