The Industry and Membership Committee is responsible for managing the interface between the Livery and the spirits industry, both on an individual and corporate basis. The Committee reports directly into the Master & Wardens’ Committee and is made up of members of the spirits Industry taken from the Livery and from the Court.
The aim of the Industry Committee is to play a driving role in achieving the WCD’s ambition to be at the hub of the Spirits Industry, in keeping with the WCD’s Strategic Plan. Our primary objectives are:
The Committee constantly reviews, along with the Scottish Committee, a broad spectrum of potential members from within the Spirits Industry. This helps recruitment, and builds relevance for the livery, as well as being a source of expertise. The Committee manages a Corporate Membership programme to supplement recruitment activities. Leading companies are invited to become Industry Associates of the Livery Company and propose senior Executives to become Corporate Freemen. The presence of this new intake of senior industry professionals enriches the life of the Livery and with it brings strong links.
The Committee also develops relationships with key members of the City, Legal and Financial Community, where they have relevance to the Spirits Industry. In addition to the constant pursuit of new members, the Committee is also charged with building links with the key Spirits Industry trade Associations such as the Keepers of the Quaich, the Scotch Whisky Association, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, the WSET, and the Portman Group.
Entertaining and Informative Events Calendar
The Committee oversees a further calendar of special events that support and further the aims and ambitions of the Spirits Industry. Each Spring there is a Worshipful Company of Distillers City Debate, where thought provoking issues of the day are discussed and debated by members of the Industry. The Committee also runs a Landmark tasting each year of Spirits that have won Gold Medals.
The Committee supports one of the most important parts of the WCD, the Gin Guild. Launched by the Worshipful Company of Distillers in 2012, this was set up by members of the Livery involved in the Gin Industry as a body for Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion and distribution of distilled Gin.