Glen Luss Distillery is excited to announce the appointment of Gary Deans and Brian Woods as Non-Executive Directors, effective from the 1st July 2020.

Gary Deans, a former KPMG partner brings over 35 years of experience advising privately held businesses and his work at Glen Luss will focus on raising finance and the business’s growth strategy. Deans, who established Strathblair Associates in 2016, works with a number of growing businesses and is a Director of HALO Kilmarnock, Indinature and social enterprise Freedom Bakery. He was also appointed Chairman of Falkirk Football Club in December 2019.

Deans said: “I am delighted to be joining the team. This is an exciting and unique opportunity and I am looking forward to helping establish Glen Luss Distillery as a premium brand.

Brian Woods brings significant drinks industry experience to the team. He recently founded Alexander David & Co, a vehicle to advise businesses on their route to market, marketing, fundraising, brand development and export markets. He is also a Director of Cane & Grain International, an independent bottler of single casks of Scotch whisky and rum. Prior roles include founder & CEO at Crucial Brands Holdings, where he developed a global spirits portfolio, as well as positions at Paragon Vintners, Angostura, Maxxium UK & Beam Suntory (After Shock) and at Diageo (Smirnoff).

Commenting on his appointment Woods stated: “I’m thrilled to be working with such talented entrepreneurs as Trystan, Patrick and Dan. Their concept of creating an Experimental Craft Distillery on the banks of Loch Lomond is both disruptive and compelling. I am excited to play a part in developing their proposition and seeing it come to life.”

Glen Luss Distillery, which plans to open in May 2021, will be the first craft brewery and distillery on the shores of Loch Lomond and the first within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The craft brewery and distillery will host visitor experiences and produce a range of experimental premium drinks, including a single malt Scotch whisky, locally sourced botanical infused gin, aged and new make rums, small batch vodka and a collection of craft beers.


Glen Luss Distillery has been founded by Trystan Powell, Patrick Colquhoun and Daniel Lewis, graduates of the University of Strathclyde MBA. They bring together over forty years of combined industry and business experience to this project across operations management, customer experience and sales.

Luss is a picturesque village in the heart of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, in the Highlands of Scotland. Luss is the historic home of the Clan Colquhoun and the Glen Luss range will take inspiration from the history of the area and the heritage of the clan. Glen Luss itself rises to the west of the village of Luss and is surrounded by six bens, most of which are over 600m high. These are Beinn Eich, Beinn Lochain, Cruach-Ant-Sithein and Beinn Mhanaich. The Glen is one of the sources of freshwater flowing into Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond itself is the largest body of freshwater (by surface area) in the UK.


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