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Kathy Caton, founder of Brighton Gin, has been appointed as new board director to the Gin Guild.
In her new position, Caton will spotlight smaller distilleries while advocating for the advantages that joining the industry body affords artisan producers in the UK and across the world.
Established ten years ago by The Worshipful Company of Distillers, the Gin Guild works to provide opportunity, as well as protecting and promoting the distillation of quality London Gin. The guild is made up of many gin distillers and industry leaders across production, promotion and distribution.
Not only is Caton’s career in gin, but also radio, where she hosts a weekly show on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey.
Speaking on her new role, Caton commented: “As someone who makes a premium product with love and care, I am delighted to be involved with an organisation that champions quality and stands up for gin. It’s an amazing organisation. Some smaller distilleries like us may not realise the Gin Guild is for them, but that is quite the opposite. There are some absolute titans of the drinks industry involved, including Christopher Hayman of Hayman’s Gin, and Dr Anne Brock from Bombay Sapphire to name just two. The team is amazing, but I hope I can bring a different perspective and attract lots of smaller members of the distilling community, spreading the word about the Guild.”
Christopher Hayman of Hayman’s Gin and chairman of the Gin Guild added: “We are delighted to welcome Kathy to the Gin Guild board. I am sure she will bring her enthusiasm, vast experience, and distilling knowledge to help support the work of the Guild, its members and the vast number of craft distillers around the world.”
Finally, Pal Gleed, The Gin Guild’s director general, concluded: “Kathy’s appointment to the Gin Guild board is a fantastic choice. She is incredibly talented and will bring her trademark wit, humour and knowledge to highlight the work of the Guild.”