The Wardens

Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough

The Upper Warden,
Bryan Burrough

Bryan joined the Company in 1988, the year that his late father Alan was Master. He claims to have had his first Beefeater and tonic aged three! He was educated at Radley and Durham University and then went into the City in 1982. He initially worked at Cazenove in corporate finance then as an analyst, a general salesman, and finally as a fund manager. He moved as a fund manager in 2000 to Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (subsequently taken over by BlackRock), which included a couple of years specialising in analysing drinks companies. He then moved in 2012 to Investec Wealth & Investment where he manages investments for charities. Bryan is married to Philippa (an avid gardener) and has two teenage boys: Leo and George. He lives near Maldon in Essex. His main vice is jump racing and he follows Scottish Rugby having played rugby at London Scottish for many years. He is trying to improve his golf. He has been responsible for financial matters in the Distillers for a number of years as Chancellor. He feels he is lucky and honoured to be involved with such a convivial Company.


Martin Riley

Martin Riley

The Middle Warden,
Martin Riley

Martin was the Chief Marketing Officer of the Pernod Ricard Group from February 2009 until his retirement at the end of 2014. Based in Paris he was responsible for overseeing all the marketing activities in the Group, working with 6 global brand companies and 75 market companies in developing the Pernod Ricard portfolio around the world; Chivas Regal, Absolut vodka, Havana Club rum, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Mumm and Perrier Jouêt champagnes, Jacob’s Creek Australian wine, Ricard, Ballantines whisky, Beefeater gin and The Glenlivet single malt.

Martin is a former President of the World Federation of Advertising, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturers, a Member of the Institute of Directors, Marketing Society adviser to the Greenwich University Business School, Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Distillers and a member of the Worshipful Company of Marketors. Martin is currently Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild.

He has a degree in modern languages from Oxford University, has lived and worked in France, Ireland, Russia, Belgium and the UK. He is married with 4 children and lives in London.

Martin joined the Livery in 1995.


Kenny Mackay

Kenny Mackay

The Renter Warden,
Kenny MacKay

In 1977 Kenny joined the long established Perth wine and spirit merchants Peter Thomson’s. An early career switch saw him move from computer operations (nowadays IT) into marketing, where he has remained ever since. As a brand manager in the early eighties, he was involved in the launch of The Macallan in Scotland and over the next 12 years (for three different owners), has worked on a number of Spirits brands, eventually becoming Director and General Manager of Peter Thomson’s within Scottish & Newcastle, where he remained until 1993. Kenny joined Morrison Bowmore Distillers in 1993 as Sales Director, becoming Sales and Marketing Director in 1995 responsible for overseeing the global development of Bowmore Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Single Malts.

In 2005, with the Morrison Family, Kenny led a management buy-in of The Scottish Liqueur Centre (recently renamed Morrison & MacKay Ltd) and is now developing a spirits range.

Kenny is married to Kathy with a son Peter (who runs UK Sales in Morrison & MacKay and is also a Liveryman) and stepdaughter Amye. Kenny is an Elder of The Church of Scotland and is also a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich. Other interests include fishing, music and golf, which includes organising the annual Sam Dow Golf Match between the Scotch Whisky Distillers and the London Wine Trade.

Kenny joined The Livery in 1996.

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