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The Cotswolds Distillery appoints Watling

The Cotswolds Distillery has announced Richard Watling is to join its Board of Directors.

Watling will serve as director of sales and marketing strategy, helping the distillery continue its growth in both national and international markets.

The Cotswolds Distillery began production on its North Cotswolds site in September 2014 and its spirits are now on sale in over 30 countries. It’s self-titled Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. The distillery is also home to the Cotswolds Dry Gin.

Richard Watling’s career in the spirits industry spans more than 25 years. He ran International Marketing for Hiram Walker, after which he become marketing director of Allied Distillers. Watling later worked with International Distillers and Vitners (IDV) in both Europe and Asia, and when IDV became Diageo he returned to the UK to become chief executive of their Justerini & Brooks (J&B) division. His last post at Diageo was as Scotch whisky director, which he held for five years. During the past year he served as the Master of Worshipful Company of Distillers, spearheading many industry and charitable initiatives.

Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, Cotswolds Distillery comments: “We are very honoured to have such a highly respected industry veteran as Richard join our board. I’ve come to know him through the Distillers’ Company and have always been impressed by his great knowledge and drive. Richard will help us chart our course as we grow our market share and expand trade sales in whisky and gin.”

Richard Watling adds: “I am delighted to be joining fellow Liveryman Daniel Szor in this exciting venture. The foundations of this Distillery and brand are very strong, giving great potential for the future”.

4 December 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor