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Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, who came together as The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Ltd to make the purchase, plan to launch a range of premium quality yet affordable whiskies in domestic and export markets.

Across the senior team the three directors of The GlenAllachie Distillers Company have almost 100 years experience in the Scotch whisky industry.

The consortium has also bought MacNair’s and White Heather, a pair of blended Scotch whisky brands, which it plans to rejuvenate, with bottlings at various age ranges.

Majority shareholder Billy Walker served with Ballantine’s, Inver House and Burn Stewart before forming the Benriach Distillery Company in 2003.

The company was ultimately sold to American drinks giant and Jack Daniel’sowner Brown-Forman last year, earning Walker the accolade of “entrepreneur of the year” at the 2016 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

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BILLY WALKER

Major Shareholder

One of the most recognisable characters in the Scotch whisky industry, Billy has now been involved in the industry for more than 40 years. A Master of the Quaich, he has been responsible for the creation of a number of award-winning blended Scotch whiskies and has been involved in the acquisition and resurrection of several single malt whisky distilleries during his career.

After spending four years working as a chemist with Organon laboratories, Billy’s first role in the whisky industry was with Ballantines (1974 – 1976), where he was involved in various aspects of the production process.

Following that, he moved to Inver House (1976 – 1983) where, as master blender, he developed a number of products, including Inverhouse Green Plaid, Pinwinnie 12YO and Heather Cream Liqueur.

In 1983, Billy joined Burn Stewart as master blender / operations director, and was a key part of the team that subsequently acquired Burn Stewart Distillers in 1988 as part of a management buy-out. He played a major role in the growth of Burn Stewart, driving the acquisition and rejuvenation of two single malt distilleries – Deanston and Tobermory – and the creation of a purpose-built bottling hall.

While at Burn Stewart, he developed Scottish Leader Blended Scotch Whisky, Scotch Blue Blended Scotch Whisky, the Tobermory, Ledaig and Deanston single malts, and the innovative whisky-based liqueurs Drumgray Cream and Wallace Liqueur.

In 2004, Billy set up his own venture, leading the acquisition of BenRiach Distillery and establishing the BenRiach Distillery Company. Over the last 12 years, the company has re-invented BenRiach, bringing a range of innovative and groundbreaking malt whiskies to the market from a previously under-stated distillery.In 2010, the company acquired the property and assets of the Newbridge Bottling plant from Chivas Brothers Limited. In 2013, the BenRiach Distillery Company took over Glenglassaugh distillery to bring the iconic distillery back to life.

TRISHA SAVAGE

Commercial Director

Trisha has spent more than 30 years in the Scotch whisky industry. She is highly experienced in all aspects of administration, compliance and general management and has been closely involved in a similar start-up company. She also has experience of strategic transactions, having been closely involved in a number of such transactions at the BenRiach Distillery Company.

Trisha joined Burn Stewart Distillers in 1986, initially as PA to Billy Walker, providing administrative support and assisting in all follow-up actions required while he travelled extensively.

Subsequently as office manager, Trisha was responsible for all HMRC compliance and stock control procedures within the maturation plant, and implemented the first in-house computerised HMRC-approved stock control system for bulk stock within the company.

Following the acquisition of Burn Stewart by CL Finance, she left Burn Stewart to continue to work with Billy. In 2003, they commenced the acquisition process to purchase BenRiach Distillery, which was acquired April 2004.

As General Manager at the BenRiach Distillery Company, Trisha’s role included administrative controls and procedures; and managing bulk stock; accounts, customer services and HR.

Trisha also played a major role in the acquisition of GlenDronach Distillery (2008), Newbridge Bottling Plan (2010) and Glenglassaugh Distillery (2013).

GRAHAM STEVENSON

Finance Director

Having graduated with a BA in economics, and a diploma in Accountancy & Finance, Graham has spent almost 30 years in the Scotch whisky industry. A Master of the Quaich and a member of the council of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), he has experience in both general management and strategic transactions.

Graham is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland having trained with Thomson McLintock & Co (now part of KPMG). His career in the whisky industry began at The North British Distillery Company (1987 -1994) in Edinburgh where he spent seven years, initially as financial controller and latterly as finance director. He was closely involved in the sale of the company to Lothian Distillers, a joint venture between Robertson & Baxter (now the Edrington Group) and J&B (now Diageo) for £84m.

Following the sale, Graham joined Inver House Distillers in 1994, initially starting as financial controller before becoming managing director in 2000. During this period, he assisted in the acquisitions of the Pulteney, Balblair and Balmenach distilleries, and was very closely involved in the sale of the company to Pacific Spirits (now ThaiBev).

Following this transaction, he was retained by the new Thai owners and has presided over the continued development of the company’s award-winning brands.

Graham is one of the longest serving members of the council of the SWA and currently acts as its treasurer.