The Wardens

Kenny Mackay

Kenny Mackay

The Upper Warden,
Kenny MacKay

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 Middle Warden,
Jonathan Driver

Jonathan Driver

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



The Renter Warden,
Chris Porter

Chris as a Director of Porter & Laker Ltd from 1987-1991, the shipping and forwarding specialists to the wine trade. Following the acquisition of the family firm by Ferry Freighting Ltd in 1991 and a subsequent merger in 2005, he became a Director of the newly formed merged company J F Hillebrand UK Ltd, who are global beverage logistics providers. Chris has been involved with The Benevolent, the Drinks Industry Charity for over 20 years, became a Trustee in 2010 and held the two-year post as its Chairman in 2013 and 2014; in January 2018, he was appointed CEO. Chris was previously President of the Wine Trade Sports Club and Chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Club, and has been a Liveryman since 2000. A lover of fine wines and spirits, real ales, and terrible jokes, Chris plays regular golf at Tandridge Golf Club and is a life-long supporter of Crystal Palace FC.

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