Glen Luss Distillery appoints non-executive directorsBy Nicola Carruthers
Scotland’s Glen Luss Distillery, which is set to open next year, has appointed Gary Deans and Brian Woods as non-executive directors.
Glen Luss Distillery was founded by Trystan Powell, Patrick Colquhoun and Daniel Lewis, graduates of the University of Strathclyde. The site is due to open on the shores of Loch Lomond in May 2021.
Woods is said to bring extensive experience from within the drinks industry to Glen Luss. Woods is the founder of Alexander David & Co, a firm that advises businesses on their routes to market, marketing, fundraising, brand development and export markets. He is also a director of Cane & Grain, an independent bottler of single cask Scotch whisky and rum.
In addition, Woods has held roles at Crucial Brands, Paragon Vintners, Angostura, Maxxium UK, Beam Suntory and Diageo.
“I’m thrilled to be working with such talented entrepreneurs as Trystan, Patrick and Dan,” said Woods. “Their concept of creating an experimental craft distillery on the banks of Loch Lomond is both disruptive and compelling. I am excited to play a part in developing their proposition and seeing it come to life.”
Deans brings more than 35 years of experience of advising independent businesses to Glen Luss. He will work on raising the distillery’s finance and the firm’s growth strategy.
Deans established Strathblair Associates in 2016 and is a director of Halo Kilmarnock, Indinature and Freedom Bakery. He was also named chairman of Falkirk Football Club in December 2019.
“I am delighted to be joining the team. This is an exciting and unique opportunity and I am looking forward to helping establish Glen Luss Distillery as a premium brand,” said Deans.
Glen Luss claims to be the first distillery and brewery on the shores of Loch Lomond and the first within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. In April, the distillery launched its Founders’ Club with the aim of raising £3 million (US$3.7m).
The Glen Luss Distillery will produce single malt Scotch whisky, a gin, aged and new make rums, small batch vodka and a line of craft beers.