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23rd July 2012

Distiller takes over Presidency of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

Alan Barclay has been elected as the sixty second President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.  Alan is Europe Supply Governance Director for Diageo and is based at their Technical Centre at Menstrie in Scotland.

On his election, the new President said “Talent is that vital resource that all businesses need if they are going to succeed in an increasingly competitive international environment.  As the pre-eminent provider of brewing and distilling education around the world, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling plays a critical role ensuring that both companies and individuals have the skills needed to beat the competition. The world is changing fast and the IBD is continually developing and improving its offer to stay at the forefront of professional development. ”

Simon Jackson, Executive Director of the IBD said. “Having been a brewer, maltster and distiller, Alan is probably uniquely positioned to help develop the Institute’s strategy to ensure that we continue to satisfy the very diverse needs of our 4000 members around the world.  ”

Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis, was elected Deputy President and will become President in July 2014.




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Photograph.  Alan Barclay, President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling


Notes to Editors

Alan Barclay is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University with an Honours Degree in Chemistry in 1975 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 1976.  On leaving university, he joined Bass Brewers as a brewer at the Heriot Brewery in Edinburgh before being appointed General Manager of the Bass Maltings in Alloa.

In 1992, he “matured” into whisky, joining United Distillers (now Diageo) based at Elgin. He held a number of different production management roles in and around Elgin before moving back to the central belt in 2003 as General Manager of the Port Dundas Grain Distillery. He is currently Governance Director Europe Supply, based at Diageo’s Technical Centre in Menstrie with responsibility for Health and Safety; Quality; Risk; Compliance; Insurance and Environmental Sustainability.


A Diploma Master Brewer and Fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Alan has been a member of both the Institute and the Incorporated Brewers Guild for over 34 years and has been a committee member on the Scottish Sections on three occasions. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the International School of Brewing and Distilling and Visiting Professor at the Life Sciences department within the Brewing and Distilling school.

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) is the world’s leading professional body for people working in brewing and distilling.  The organisation originated as the “Laboratory Club” in 1886 and now has an international membership of 4000 people based in over 50 countries world-wide.