The Distillers’ Charity announces the appointment of Beanie Geraedts-Espey as the Managing Director of its subsidiary, Distillers’ Ventures Limited, effective immediately. Distillers’ Ventures Limited is the Fundraising arm of The Distillers’ Charity and focusses principally on the organisation and delivery of a biennial Distillers One of One Auction of ultra-rare, one-of-a-kind Scotch whiskies.
The inaugural Distillers One of One Auction took place in December 2021, supported by leading brands from across the industry, and raised £2.4m for charitable causes, with over £2.2m going to the newly created Youth Action Fund. The Youth Action Fund was established by The Distillers’ Charity as a specific fund to help transform the chances of young people in Scotland, empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities. The second Distillers One of One will take place in summer 2023.
With over eighteen years’ experience in senior marketing and leadership roles in the FMCG and beverage alcohol industries, including five years as joint Managing Director of the rare spirits company The Last Drop Distillers, Beanie brings with her a wealth of experience to deliver the Charity’s ambition to make The Distillers One of One Auction the world’s pre-eminent rare spirits auction, with the full hammer proceeds being utilised to help change the life chances of Scotland’s young people.
“I am delighted to announce that Beanie will join the board of The Distillers’ Ventures Limited in the role of Managing Director. Beanie is well known for being an effective and strong business leader with extensive experience that is relevant for our ambition for The Distillers’ One of One, in the world of ultra-rare spirits and its collectors and buyers. We look forward to working with Beanie and our auction partners, Sotheby’s, to build on the successful platform that we have established creating an enduring legacy for the Scotch Whisky industry and Scotland’s young people.”Grant Gordon, Chairman – The Distillers’ Charity
“I hugely admire what was achieved with the first Distillers One of One Auction in 2021. The spirit of collective endeavour is so strong within the Scotch Whisky industry, and I am immensely excited to be working with friends and colleagues, old and new, to build on the success of 2021 and cement The Distillers One of One as the most exciting and unique rare spirits auction in the world. I look forward to playing my part in making the 2023 Auction, and the ones thereafter, as great as they possibly can be with the help of our industry partners, and to the continued development of this fantastic new charitable platform.”Beanie Geraedts-Espey