Craft gin and Scotch whisky company Eden Mill St Andrews has announced a newly created board of directors following the recent move by Edinburgh-based specialist consumer brand investor Inverleith LLP to acquire a majority stake in the firm.
Inverleith’s chief financial officer Stella Morse, who previously held senior financial and strategy roles at Scottish & Newcastle, The Edrington Group and C&C Group, has been announced as the chair of the new board.
Also joining the Eden Mill St Andrews board is Inverleith’s managing partner Paul Skipworth, who is a former regional director of Moet Hennessy Asia and former CEO of The Glenmorangie Company .
Inverleith senior investment director Michael Atkinson, formerly of the Bacardi Martini Corporation and Moet Hennessy, also joins the board as a director.
Rennie Donaldson, former group financial controller at Edrington and prior head of corporate development at William Grant & Sons, will also be joining the company as its new chief operating officer, a role which will also holds a seat on the new board.
Morse said: “I’m delighted to be joining the board of Eden Mill as chair.
“The foundations of a premium global gin and scotch whisky brand have been laid over the last few years, with Eden Mill producing beautiful and award-winning gins and its early limited edition single malt scotch being well received.
“The unique distillery site secured by Eden Mill with a sustainability agenda at its heart, working collaboratively with the renowned University of St Andrews, will become an icon of gin and scotch whisky distilling in the future.
“There’s an exciting journey ahead and I’m looking forward to working with Paul Miller, the founder and managing director, together with my experienced colleagues on the board, to oversee the journey of this contemporary gin and scotch whisky distillery.”
Miller, who also sits on the board, said: “One of the main reasons for linking with Inverleith as our majority investor was due to the deep wealth of spirits industry experience that they collectively bring to the table.
“With the further addition of Rennie as well, I am delighted that the company will benefit from a board with such extensive industry experience, which will be incredibly valuable as we continue on our growth journey and realise our ambition.”