Lesley Ramage, Operations/Office Manager
Lesley is the Operations/Office Manager and has held this position for a few years after previous roles within the company as stock controller, accounts assistant, and purchasing manager. Lesley has a vast knowledge of the products and the business having been with the company since January 1994 (she claims she joined MacDuff straight from nursery).
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!!).
Prosecco, but started tippling with whisky shortly after joining MacDuff, her favourite being Islay Mist on the rocks.
Export Sales Director
Torbjörn Norrud, Export Sales Director
Torbjörn is managing our brands across Europe and the open markets in the Middle East. A dynamic region where the brand(s) can be categorized across the matrix, from well-established to ready to enter. Joined MacDuff in September 2014 after 8 years with Maxxium – the past six as part of the management team of European Travel Retail – leading the organization towards a million annual cases. In 2012 admitted as a keeper of the Quaich.
Did you know about Torbjörn: A very sweet tooth – can’t resist any biscuits and a very weak spot for shortbread in any shape.
Favorite drink: Right now – Grand Macnish Black Edition over plenty ice.
BRAND & TRADE MANAGER
CALUM LAWRIE, BRAND & TRADE MANAGER
Besides being our Brand & Trade Manager Calum also works closely with the UK market particularly focusing on the on-trade. As a former bartender, bar manager, manager of bars and bar developer, not to mention brand ambassador Calum has a wealth of knowledge in the hospitality sector.
Did you know about Calum?
Calum has won the prestigious UK Bartender of The Year award
WaterProof Malt, either neat or in one of the many mouthwatering serves he has created (see www.waterproofwhisky.com/serves)
David Sloan, Managing Director
David has been with MacDuff since the day the company was born, in fact even before then as he was involved in the negotiations to purchase the Brands back in 1991 and the planning and setting up of the company following its incorporation on 27 February 1992. 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.
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.
Export Sales Director
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, AccountantAlan 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.
Customer Service Team Leader
Karen Campbell, Customer Service Team LeaderKaren 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.
Rachel Clark, Office & Export Assistant
When Rachel started working in MacDuff in January 2015 as office receptionist she reduced the average age of the MacDuff team by 10 years ! Her role now within MacDuff is Export Assistant where she helps in the administration and documentation for export shipments.
Did you know about Rachel? Worked and travelled in Australia for some time after she left school in 2013 and continues to enjoy trips to far flung places. Rachel is also the daredevil of the company having taken part in both a skydive and a bungee jump.
Favourite Drink: Vodka with lemonade or Southern Comfort with lemonade and lime.