About us

The Company

The Festival operates through a Board of Directors selected to provide expertise in key areas of the whisky industry, culture and heritage, tourism, and hospitality.

With an independent Chairman, the Directors work on a purely voluntary basis to drive the Festival forward.

Chairman & Director: James Campbell, Partner Johnston & Carmichael
Company Secretary: Julie Fraser, Glen Moray Distillery


Penny Ellis, Proprietor, Knockomie Hotel, Forres
Ann Miller, International Brand Ambassador, Chivas Brothers
Neil Urquhart, Director, Logistics and Facilities, Gordon & MacPhail
Paul Rollo, Director, The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin
Eric Walker, Diageo Senior Site Manager - Speyside West Group

Festival Finances

Now in it's 15th year, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is financed via public sector funding and private partnerships, which assist with the operating and marketing costs. This enables the Festival to support event providers and local businesses, all of whom benefit from the increase in visitors. The Festival stages some events independently – the Opening dinner, the Whisky Awards, and the Whisky School.

In addition to financial support from the public and private sector, the Festival is grateful for a wide range of in kind support from a number of local businesses and organisations.

Photographic Credits

Allan Adam, Andrew Gransden, Brenda Cooper, Chivas Brothers Ltd, Dave Broom, David Newland, Diageo PLC, Ed Dodson, Elizabeth Oliver, Glen Grant Distillery, Glenfarclas Distillery, Glenfiddich Distillery, Graeme McHardy, Graham Vaughan, Gunnel Palmér, Heather Urquhart, John Paul, James Gordon, Mary Hemsworth, Jerome Zambelli, Ken Grant, Mark Williamson, Martin Grace, Northern Scot, Philip Lewis, Robert Ransom, Steve Smith, The Malt Project, Tom Keir, Tony Gorzkowski, Zoe Grice.

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