An experienced entrepreneurial angel and investor, Simon has helped get tech start-ups, medical technology, and agricultural ventures around the world off the ground. He is highly experienced in financial modelling, fund management and building companies.
Lee has a decade of experience in the drinks trade, having sold thousands of whisky casks over the years. He started his career in sales at Jeroboams, then quickly progressed into management at the iconic Milroy’s of Soho, taking part in the store returning to independent ownership. Following this, he built the cask sales division at Woolfsung Wine & Spirits Merchants.
Colin is a Keeper of the Quaich and sits on the judging panel at the Whisky Awards.
Colin was born in Scotland, where he attended the University of Edinburgh. Among his many skills, he is a professional and artistic photographer for the National Portrait Gallery, Conde Nast, and Lux. He is also a journalist for The Times, FT and The Scotsman. As well as an editor of the Whisky Quarterly magazine, and Drink Me magazine. Besides his regular appearances in print and on television, Colin is also a presenter on Whiskyradio.com and contributes to several podcasts.
Growing up in the heart of Speyside whisky has been a part of Myriam’s heritage from a young age, with 5 distilleries within walking distance of her hometown. What started out as a tour guide job at Glenfiddich soon turned into an international career in whisky, from family-owned Glenfarclas distillery to the widely acclaimed William Grant & Sons. Regularly traveling to export markets across the globe, with international sales and single cask bottlings as her focus, Myriam has built an impressive 8-year career in the Scotch whisky industry.
Hailing from Edinburgh and being raised in a family that was involved in the Scotch whisky industry, Hugh’s career path was set in stone. After training as a Chef, traveling Europe, and living in Australia, Hugh came back to the UK and worked in the Edinburgh cocktail-bar scene, quickly progressing onto The Scotch Whisky Experience as a Masterclass tutor. From there he ended up at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, selling their prestigious Bowmore & Macallan portfolios.
Josh broke into the Whisky World when he joined Cask Trade in 2020 after ten years as a dedicated Whisky Enthusiast and having built a successful career in commercial sales. He is highly active in London’s booming Cigar Scene and competes in Amateur Motor Racing at a National level.
Jack is from Scotland’s Central Belt region, and he went from working in the hospitality industry to forging a very successful career in Scotch whisky. Spells working for the illustrious giants of Beam-Suntory, Edrington and Pernod Ricard have helped in building an exemplary knowledge of the whisky world.
Jordan’s passion for Scotch Whisky was ignited during his Edinburgh student days when working as a bartender in one of the city’s most prestigious venues. A year at the Scotch Whisky Experience beckoned before an International Brand Ambassador role with Chivas Brothers took him to promote their brands in India. Before Cask Trade he also spent time working in the Chivas Brothers blending team in Dumbarton and Pernod Ricard’s sales team in London.
Zak has worked across the drinks industry for 12 years and always finds himself returning to whisky. He cut his teeth in Michelin-starred and award-winning bars, before moving to Pernod Ricard, where he looked after a select portfolio of Irish whiskeys, Scotch, and cognac. Latterly, he worked in industry-leading e-commerce and drinks start-ups, and he holds a General Certificate of Distilling, so we know Zak truly appreciates every element of a whisky's journey from grain to glass.
Raised in Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland, Bonnar fell in love with Whisky having been asked to work a shift at the prestigious Keepers of the Quaich whilst a student at the University of Dundee. Since graduating from University, Bonnar has worked for Chivas Regal as a Brand Ambassador in the Philippines before joining Johnnie Walker as part of the team to launch their flagship brand home on Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Hailing from the Emerald Isles but now based down under in Sydney, it is safe to say that Sarah is our Irish whiskey expert, having spent time as Tullamore Dews US Brand Ambassador. However, her knowledge of Scotch whisky is very impressive too having previously worked for William Grant & Sons.
Before joining Cask Trade, John Wong was a customer of the company. After years of bar-hopping and meeting fellow whisky enthusiasts, John was introduced to Cask Trade.
Impressed by the ethos and passion of the business, John decided that a career in whisky cask trading was his next port of call. John has taken the helm for the Cask Trade Hong Kong team and through his expert knowledge of whisky, he has guided the team to new heights.
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