The Master

jonathan driver

Jonathan is managing director for private clients at William Grant & Sons. He has a degree in Japanese History from the London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and studied in Japan before starting his career at Mappin & Webb and Garrard & Co. 

In 1989, he joined the marketing team at United Distillers where he helped launch the Classic Malts, develop Johnnie Walker Blue Label and The Classic Kentucky Bourbon Company. Upon the creation of Diageo in 1997, Jonathan was appointed global malt whisky director, with a focus on premiumisation. 

He took on the role of integration director for the acquisition of Bushmills in 2005. Over the following decade, Jonathan worked as a luxury consultant (including the launch of King George V and Diamond Jubilee special edition sales for Johnnie Walker), became a non-executive director of Compass Box Whisky and vice president of the Sake Education Council, before joining Whyte & Mackay in 2014 as rare whisky director.

Jonathan joined the Livery in 1999, chaired the Industry Committee from 2013 to 2016 and is a trustee of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Jonathan – a keen fisherman, cook and gardener – is married to Fiona, who works at a school in Putney. They live in London and have a son, Alexander, and daughter, Georgina.