The Upper Warden,
Martin was the Chief Marketing Officer of the Pernod Ricard Group from February 2009 until his retirement at the end of 2014. Based in Paris he was responsible for overseeing all the marketing activities in the Group, working with 6 global brand companies and 75 market companies in developing the Pernod Ricard portfolio around the world; Chivas Regal, Absolut vodka, Havana Club rum, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Mumm and Perrier Jouêt champagnes, Jacob’s Creek Australian wine, Ricard, Ballantines whisky, Beefeater gin and The Glenlivet single malt.
Martin is a former President of the World Federation of Advertising, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturers, a Member of the Institute of Directors, Marketing Society adviser to the Greenwich University Business School, Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and a member of the Worshipful Company of Marketors. Martin is currently Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild.
He has a degree in modern languages from Oxford University, has lived and worked in France, Ireland, Russia, Belgium and the UK. He is married with 4 children and lives in London.
Martin joined the Livery in 1995.
The Middle Warden,
In 1977 Kenny joined the long established Perth wine and spirit merchants Peter Thomson’s. An early career switch saw him move from computer operations (nowadays IT) into marketing, where he has remained ever since. As a brand manager in the early eighties, he was involved in the launch of The Macallan in Scotland and over the next 12 years (for three different owners), has worked on a number of Spirits brands, eventually becoming Director and General Manager of Peter Thomson’s within Scottish & Newcastle, where he remained until 1993. Kenny joined Morrison Bowmore Distillers in 1993 as Sales Director, becoming Sales and Marketing Director in 1995 responsible for overseeing the global development of Bowmore Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Single Malts.
In 2005, with the Morrison Family, Kenny led a management buy-in of The Scottish Liqueur Centre (recently renamed Morrison & MacKay Ltd) and is now developing a spirits range.
Kenny is married to Kathy with a son Peter (who runs UK Sales in Morrison & MacKay and is also a Liveryman) and stepdaughter Amye. Kenny is an Elder of The Church of Scotland and is also a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich. Other interests include fishing, music and golf, which includes organising the annual Sam Dow Golf Match between the Scotch Whisky Distillers and the London Wine Trade.
Kenny joined The Livery in 1996.
The Renter Warden,
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.