The Festival operates through a Board of Directors selected to provide expertise in key areas of the whisky industry, culture and heritage, and tourism and hospitality.
With an independent Chairman, the Directors work on a voluntary basis to drive the Festival forward along with the support of the Festival Team.
Chairman & Director
James Campbell, Consultant/non-executive Director, Johnston & Carmichael
Julie Fraser, Company Secretary
Angela McOwan, Events Coordinator & Finance
Lauren Mustard, Events Coordinator
Rhona Macdonald, Events Coordinator
Paul Rollo, Director, The Drouthy Cobbler
Laura Sharp, Brand Home Manager, Diageo
Gill Reid, Visitor Centre Manager, Speyside Cooperage
Michael Murray, Proprietor, The Dowan's Hotel Aberlour
Donna Harper, Director, S&D Harper
Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige, Gordon and Macphail
Karen McGillivray, Business Analyst, Chivas Brothers Ltd
Now in its 21st 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 to Speyside each year. The Festival stages some events independently, including the Touch of Tartan Opening Gala Dinner, Opening Ceilidh, the Whisky Awards, the Whisky School and the Whisky Awards Ceilidh.
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.