Bombay Sapphire’s Brock to lead The Gin Guild
Dr Anne Brock, the master distiller for Bombay Sapphire, will become the first female head of The Gin Guild, taking up the position of grand rectifier.
Brock will be installed as grand rectifier for The Gin Guild during a ceremony at London’s Mansion House on 11 October, when the guild will also induct 25 new members, taking its total membership to 350.
Nicholas Cook, director general of The Gin Guild, said: “There is a strong historical tradition of women distillers and female master distillers are adding to the variety and innovation that is fuelling the continuing global success of gin.
“We are delighted to welcome Anne as The Gin Guild’s fourth – and first female – grand rectifier, to continue the work of her predecessors in bringing together craft distillers, brand leaders and all those involved in the industry around the world to share knowledge and promote excellence in the category.”
Brock, who has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, joined Bombay Sapphire in 2017. She is based at the brand’s Laverstoke Mill distillery in Hampshire, England.
Prior to joining the Bacardi-owned distillery, Brock worked as lead distiller at London’s Bermondsey Distillery for four years. She also spent two years working as a bartender during university.
“I have been a big fan of The Gin Guild since I joined,” said Brock. “It provides a really important network and connectivity to the industry, which is especially helpful for smaller producers who may be working alone.
“I look forward to continuing to promote membership as the guild diversifies, with members from more and more countries, and to debating vital issues, from distillery safety to maintaining a balance between the integrity of the category and promoting innovation.
“Innovation is the key to the phenomenal success of our industry, but it needs to move forward in the right way.
“Gin is such a versatile, delicious and exciting spirit and the mix of craft distillers and global brands gives it the ability and agility to take risks, exploring new botanicals and processes which enhance the quality and variety of the juniper-led spirit.”