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The Distillers Company at Heriot-Watt University

This is the 3rd year running that our Education Partners at Heriot-Watt (International Centre for Brewing and Distilling) in Edinburgh have invited fellow Liveryman Steve Wilson to deliver a lecture to their MSc and undergrads students of Brewing and Distilling.

The subject…. the fascinating one of “Winning in Innovation” captures the imagination of our would-be next generation distillers and brewers.

The lecture on Thursday March 23rd (live via Teams and recording) was made available to a total of 101 students. There was a strong international cohort with students from USA, Canada, and China amongst other countries, being well represented. It was well received and student were particularly interesting in the development of Baileys and application of science from other industries into beverages.

Steve has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning almost 40 years with International Distillers and Vintners and Diageo leading the Global Innovation function for many years before retiring and continuing to consult in the field where his passion lies. Well known for creating a host of brands including Baileys, Archers, Aqua Libra, Tanqueray, Malibu, Smirnoff Ice, Ciroc Vodka , many Johnnie Walker expressions , the original Singleton Malt whisky and many, many more. His rich experience of successes and failures captivated the audience and delivered real insights into the real world of spirits and organisations and what it takes to succeed.

The lecture team at Heriot-Watt and the students have expressed huge appreciation to Steve and the WCD for supporting then in this way.

This is part of the WCD programme of knowledge sharing under our Vocational Training and Education initiative.

For more details please contact Clive Bairsto.

Nick Carr