The Wardens

The Upper Warden
nick carr

Nick was born in Hessle, East Yorkshire. After gaining a BSc in Industrial Technology, he went to the US as a post-graduate research assistant, where he completed an MBA in Marketing. This led to a life-long career in the drinks industry, starting as a brand manager with Bass Plc. Subsequent roles included global and local marketing and commercial positions with IDV, Seagram and Diageo. 

Nick’s experience includes strategic planning manager for Europe, marketing director roles in Greece, Spain and Japan, regional VP of marketing for Asia Pacific, global Scotch portfolio director, global malts director, and anti-counterfeit and global pricing director at Diageo. Over this time, he has worked with many brands, including Smirnoff, Malibu, “J&B”, Baileys, Archers, Chivas and Martell, as well as innovations including The Singleton, Windsor 17, Buchanan’s, Talisker and Johnnie Walker Double Black. 

More recently, Nick has brought his experience to effect as a marketing consultant to clients including the Heathrow Airport and Heathrow Express businesses, Twinings, Proximo (Cuervo Tequila) and Schweppes. 

Nick and his wife Louise live in London and have one son, Thomas. A keen dinghy sailor and car enthusiast, Nick is secretary of the Distillers’ Car Club, sits on the Vocational Training and Education Committee and the Industry and Membership Committee, and is delighted to become Upper Warden. 

The Middle Warden
daniel szor

Born in New York City, Daniel’s first career in foreign exchange trading and investment management spanned nearly 30 years and took him to Paris for over 10 years and then to the UK, where he has lived since 2006.  

It was during his time in France that Daniel was first bitten by the whisky bug, his passion fuelled by regular tasting events and trips to distilleries across Scotland.  

In 2012 Daniel gazed out the window of the North Cotswolds farmhouse he and his London-born wife Katia had bought as a weekend bolthole, and he was transfixed by a field of spring barley swaying in the breeze.  His thoughts naturally turned to whisky, and he decided to be the first person to make a Cotswolds single malt, using local grain.  

The Cotswolds Distillery is now in its 9th year, producing award-winning single malt whisky and other “Outstanding Natural Spirits” including its much-loved Cotswolds Dry Gin.  Over 100,000 visitors come to the distillery and its local shops every year, and the brand is now distributed nationally and in over 35 countries.  

Daniel joined the livery in 2016 having been introduced to the WCD via the Gin Guild, of which he has been a board member for the past several years.  Daniel also sits on the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association and is vice-chairman of the newly-formed English Whisky Guild, representing the exciting new category of English Whisky with over 40 whisky distilleries in England now in some stage of production or planning.  

Daniel and Katia, who is a practising consultant neurologist, live with their daughter Emily in an old barn which is 3 miles from the distillery.  Daniel has two older sons, Henry and Alex, who live in New York City.

The Renter Warden
Vincent Keaveny

I am delighted to have been elected Renter Warden of the Distillers’ Company for the year 2023-24, having become a Liveryman in 2016. I look forward to being formally installed at the Court meeting on 8th February 2024 (having been unable to attend the Installation Ceremony in November 2023 due to business commitments, which took me abroad).
I was born and raised in Ireland and hold degrees from University College Dublin (BCL) and Trinity College, Dublin (MLitt).

I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 1992 and have spent my practising career in the City of London. I am currently a partner at international law firm, DLA Piper LLP, where I advise banks and companies throughout the UK and Europe on banking, finance and capital markets matters.

I served on the Committee of the City of London Law Society from 2006 to 2013 and was President of the Society – and, concurrently, Master of the Solicitors’ Company (its Livery arm) – in 2014/15.

I was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2013, served as Aldermanic Sheriff in 2018/19 and as Lord Mayor in 2021/22.

I am currently Master of the Woolmen’s Company and am also a Liveryman of the Spectacle Makers’, Stationers’, Framework Knitters’, Upholders’ and Security Professionals’ Companies.