Sandy has over 25 years of senior management experience across numerous sectors. He sits as a director and advises companies both private and listed on the AIM and the ASX in relation to raising private equity and general fundraising, admission into public markets, strategy and management selection. He spent 10 years working for former FTSE250 technology company Pace plc including 4 years based in Boca Raton, Florida. Sandy has a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. Sandy is based in London.
Ryan has significant industry experience, having worked with leading international brands and bar/restaurant groups responsible for managing, purchasing and negotiating global distributors. Amongst others, he has held management positions with both Rande Gerber’s Midnight Oil Group, which launched Casamigos Tequila with George Clooney, and Bortz Entertainment Group. Ryan has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Computer Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Ryan is based in Columbus Ohio.
Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania and has held positions within market risk management at a number of financial institutions including Nomura Group, Deutsche Bank AG and BZW in Singapore, Hong Kong and London. He has considerable corporate and international expertise across a range of industries and has been a director for a number of publicly listed companies in the UK. Hamish is based in London.
Jon Smith founded the First Artist Corporation in 1986 and oversaw its growth as a multi-functional, multi-national entertainment, financial, event and sporting group. He presided over the recent major equity purchase by Pivot Entertainment LLC, New York.
He is responsible for staging many of Britain’s biggest sporting events as well as being credited for helping start the English Premier League with Rupert Murdoch’s SKY platform in the early 90s. He is a media guest commentator across many of the broadcast channels articulating on sport, entertainment and financial matters. He Was regarded as the first British Football Super Agent and helped steer British Taekwondo to it’s Olympic medal winning achievements as Chair in the recent 2016 Olympics. His biography was published in 2016 and was listed as an Amazon best seller in the Autumn of that Year. He was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Tomoya Daimon has been involved in the Japan wine and spirits industry for over ten years. During that time he has worked across sales, logistics, and buying at some of the largest beverage companies in Japan. Tomoya has a deep knowledge of whisky in particular and has forged relationships with various distilleries across the Country. Tomoya has also led a logistics division which managed and shipped product across all Asia countries. Tomoya resides in Tokyo.
Advisory Board Member / Consultant
Peter Mooney is a drinks industry specialist with over 25 years of senior UK and international experience, spanning General Management, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Communications and E-Commerce. His expertise has been gained in global blue-chips such as Diageo, Heineken (previously Scottish & Newcastle) and then Maxxium. Peter was UK Marketing Director for a portfolio of over 30 premium spirits brands including Absolut, The Macallan, Highland Park, Stolichnaya Vodka, Brugal Rum, Jim Beam, Remy Martin Cognac and Cointreau.
In 2016, Peter founded International Drinks Development (“IDD”) – a business which helps drinks companies to grow their brands globally.
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