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Lesley Ramage

Operations Director

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Lesley Ramage – Operations Director

Lesley is the Operations Director at MacDuff since 2023, but has been with the company since January 1994 (she claims she joined MacDuff straight from nursery). She has held many previous roles with the company from stock controller to accounts assistant to purchasing manager and operations/office manager, resulting in a lot of expertise and product knowledge!

Did you know about Lesley?

Attended her first football game at aged 6 and has been in love with the game ever since. She has also been known to enjoy a party or two (it is said that she would attend the opening of an envelope!!).

Favourite Drink:

Prosecco, but started tippling with whisky shortly after joining MacDuff, her favourite being Islay Mist on the rocks.

David Sloan

Chairman

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David Sloan - Chairman

A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, David initially started his MacDuff life as Financial Controller before being promoted to Finance Director and then to Managing Director in 2010. Today, he is now the chairman of MacDuff International.

Did you know about David?

On leaving school, David couldn’t decide whether to follow a life in Accountancy, motorcycle racing or playing lead guitar in a rock band – he opted for the thrills and spills of Accountancy ?! The boy racer in him comes out at summer weekends and every now and then he will jam with his old school pals!

Favourite Drink:

Lauder’s Oloroso Cask Finish ( neat ) or Islay Mist 12 YO with ice.

Graham Glen

Managing Director

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Graham Glen – Managing Director

Graham joined the team in August 2022 as Commercial Director. Graham has worked for 20 years in the spirits industry, 10 years with Diageo and 10 years with Roust International. Graham did a Chemistry degree and was even a Chemistry Teacher for a couple of years before making the jump into the drinks industry, and has never looked back.

Did you know about Graham? Aged 10, Graham was the lead child star in a BBC Radio 4 Play as Billy the Kid. He’s still hopeful that his next big role offer is just around the corner.

Favourite Drink: Graham loves a smoky whisky sour with Islay Mist Original.

John Scott

Export Sales Director

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John Scott, Export Sales Director

John has overall responsibility for the worldwide sales of all MacDuff’s whiskies.  He is also the direct contact for distributors in South America and the Far East.  John joined MacDuff in 2002 and has covered pretty much every sales role and territory in his time at the company.  He first moved into export sales in the electronics industry after studying languages at Glasgow University.

Did you know about John?

He has lost count but reckons he has visited about 70 countries, not just selling whisky but as an independent traveller.  He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Favourite drink:  Islay Mist 17YO for the perfect balance between peaty, sweet and spicy.

Alan Middleton

Accountant

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Alan Middleton, Accountant

Alan oversees all aspects of the company’s accounting and finance function.  Previously he worked for 5 years as the Accountant at Houston Bottling & Co-Pack Ltd, a longstanding MacDuff business partner and before that spent 11 years in the packaging sector with MacFarlane Group Plc.

Did you know about Alan?

He has run the Glasgow Half Marathon 10 times and has an Honours Degree in Psychology which has proved invaluable during his time at MacDuff! His main interests are walking in the Scottish hills, drinking beer and watching Partick Thistle FC (these last 2 are best done simultaneously).

Favourite Drink:

Craft beers which match his personality eg “Bitter & Twisted” or “Joker IPA”, with a Lauder’s 15 YO chaser.

Karen West

Customer Service Team Leader

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Karen West, Customer Service Team Leader

Karen comes from a finance background with over 20 years’ experience in various blue chip organisations.  Karen was looking for a new challenge and joined the MacDuff team in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant and is now Export Administration Manager.

Did you know about Karen?

Volunteered as an Ambassador for Glasgow Airport assisting them in busy periods.  Now Karen enjoys the other side of things and enjoys her family holidays abroad.

Favourite Drink:

Partial to an occasional glass of red wine and the odd Whisky Sour cocktail made with Grand Macnish Finest.

Dan Malone

Quality & Stock Controller

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Dan Malone, Quality & Stock Controller

Dan is the Quality & Stock Control Manager within MacDuff having started with the company in early 2016. He has over 25 years’ experience within bonded premises, and is highly knowledgeable in procedures relating to HMRC regulations and practises.

Did you know about Dan?

Dan enjoys the outdoor life, at his happiest going up to his allotment and out walking with his dog Toffee.

Favourite Drink:

Whisky with diet coke , preferably Grand Macnish or Islay Mist Peated Reserve

Tracey Grier

Purchasing Administrator

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Tracey Grier - Purchasing Administrator

Tracey previously worked with a leather supplier to the automotive industry. She has worked for MacDuff since May 2015 and her current role is to support the finance and production functions within the company.

Did you know about Tracey?

Test drove an Aston Martin DB9 in her previous role and carried out a 360° turn on the Kingston Bridge in the company car ! Her favourite country to visit is Turkey and can speak conversational Turkish.

Favourite Drink:

Hard to narrow it down, prosecco for celebrating, cider for relaxing and Jagerbombs for partying!! She is also known to have a soft spot for a whisky ginger (Lauder’s, ginger ale and lime).

Dominika Smyth

Export & Spirit Coordinator

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Dominika Smyth - Export & Spirit Coordinator

Dominika joined the team at MacDuff International in 2021, bringing her vast experience in bulk whisky management and customer service. She earned a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Economics in Poland and also spent time studying at the University of Abertay. Her first job in Glasgow was working at Maturation Warehouses, where she became fascinated with all things whisky, and the production process in particular.

Did you know about Dominika?

Dominika loves travelling and hillwalking, she can speak several different languages and has recently started learning Gaelic. She also enjoys cooking and often bakes her own sourdough bread.

Favourite Drink:

Depending on the mood, an Isle of Harris gin & tonic, wine or a WaterProof cocktail 😊

Scott Masukume

Export Coordinator

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Scott Masukume - Export Coordinator

Scott is the Export Coordinator at MacDuff and joined in February 2021. He is the youngest MacDuff employee, and his roles are arranging stock transfers along with preparing samples for many of our customers.

Did you know about Scott?

Scott enjoys going out to play football and supports Manchester United. Along with this he enjoys going to the gym in his spare time.

Favourite Drink:
Depending on the vibe he enjoys a wee pint of Budweiser and sometimes a wee Magnum however, after joining MacDuff, our Waterproof Blended Malt has started to grow on him.

Julie Christie

Brand & Marketing Manager

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Julie Christie - Brand & Marketing Manager

Julie studied Business Management with German and has worked in the whisk(e)y industry since she was 18. Starting out as a tour guide at her local distillery and then going onto work in marketing both in Ireland and Scotland. She joined the MacDuff team in 2021 as Brand & Marketing Manager and strives to bring customers closer to the MacDuff portfolio.

Did you know about Julie?

Julie grew up on a farm so when she’s not working, she is usually involved in all sorts of farming pursuits. Also loves to travel and explore the great outdoors with her dog, Sam.

Favourite drink?

A difficult choice but either a good gin and tonic, whisky neat or a whisky cocktail! WaterProof Whisky is her go-to!

Corrado Cigna

Export Co-ordinator

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Corrado Cigna - Export Co-ordinator

Corrado is Italian born and bred, originally from Piedmont, North of Italy, and moved to Scotland in August 2003. The plan was to stay for 6 months and well now, the rest is history. He has over 25 years of experience in Export Customer Service and 8 years specifically in the whisky industry.

Did you know about Corrado?

He is not a football fan but rather his passion is music, both live and on audio. Before Covid-19, he attended over 600 gigs. He has an extended collection of CD and vinyl LP. He has not gone digital yet and probably never will. He loves cat but doesn’t have any pets. He has also travelled a lot, mostly city breaks in Scandinavia or Eastern Europe. He loves Sweden in particular! He speaks five languages and of course, being Italian he loves to cook!

Favourite drink?

When out socialising, a cider or a stout. His go-to drink would be a Martini Bianco with an ice cube and since joining MacDuff International he has been experimenting with WaterProof in cocktails!

Jess Stewart

Sustainability Manager

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Jess Stewart, Sustainability Manager

Jess joined as the Sustainability Manager in January 2024, working across MacDuff International and InchDairnie Distillery. Over the last 10 years she has worked on nature conservation and environmental issues both internationally and in Scotland, including with the UN Environment Programme. This has ranged from tracking progress towards global biodiversity targets, to supporting community-based organisations in Scotland to take action for their local environment. She is looking forward to integrating sustainability into our activities and processes.

Did you know about Jess:

Jess has a soft spot for squirrels. She spent a year and a half in the Kalahari desert researching Cape Ground Squirrels, who live alongside Meerkats, Puff Adders, and a whole host of amazing African birds. Now she is back in Scotland she loves catching a glimpse of our iconic red squirrel.

Favorite drink:

She is a massive red wine fan, but also enjoy a peaty whisky – a dram of Islay Mist Double Peated with a dash of water does the trick!

Charlotte Allan

Junior Brand Manager

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Charlotte Allan

Charlotte joined the team at MacDuff International in 2022 as a Junior Brand Manager. With a background in hospitality, Charlotte moved into the Premium Spirits and Whisky Industry after graduating with a master’s degree in marketing in 2019, and she has never looked back! She is particularly excited to be working with MacDuff International’s world class whisky brands.

Did you know about Charlotte? In her spare time Charlotte enjoys eating out and going to concerts and is also partial to some trash telly, but not proud to admit it.

Favourite drink: The award-winning WaterProof DownPour Highball (2 parts WaterProof Whisky, 1 part Elderflower Cordial, ice, sparkling water & a lemon wedge!)