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Our Crew

David Whittaker

Co-founder / Director / Distiller

Formally educated as a Chemical Engineer, David’s design, project and operations expertise has seen him build the distillery of his dreams. This has also provided David with the opportunity to commission his innovative new still design and see it come to life.

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Vanessa Wilton

Co-founder / Marketing Manager

Vanessa’s passion, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude sees her 20 years of experience in marketing and design glide through the process of developing a brand identity for Manly Spirits Co.
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Tim Stones

Head Distiller / Production Manager

With over two decades spent in the global drinks trade as bartender, bar manager and brand ambassador, Tim brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Head Distiller.

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Rob Sutherland

Sales Manager

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Mal Higgs

Sales & Distribution Advisor

Mal is a fount of knowledge when it comes to retail engagement, and we are lucky to have him on board at Manly Spirits Co. Mal has operated at all levels of the retail liquor industry for over the last four decades.

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Elijah Holland

On Premise Advisory / Forager

Chef and foraging expert Elijah Holland, has lead the charge in bringing Australian native ingredients to the global stage. We are thrilled to have him working with our team sourcing sustainable marine and Australian native botanicals for our white spirits.

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Vanessa has the Marketing communications and design experience necessary to develop and build the ‘Manly Spirits’ brand into a premium spirits player in both the domestic and export market.

Vanessa is formally educated with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Design, attending University of Technology, Sydney. Vanessa’s professional career spans 25 years with roles as Account Manger with Young Rubicam (CUB, Suntory, Pepsi), Marketing Manager for Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, National Promotion’s Manager for Greater Union Cinemas and running a successful Digital Design and Marketing business, Billy Boy Design.

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Vanessa has a strong background in brand building and social media strategy and implementation, along with business operations skills.

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Vanessa has a strong background in brand building and social media strategy and implementation, along with business operations skills.

 

With over 12 years’ experience in the field of Communications and Public Relations, Alicia’s expertise is driven by her passion for food and drink.

Focused on the promotion of brands and products at a global level, Alicia has worked in London for the last 8 years and returned to the sunny shores of Sydney in January 2017.

Having worked on iconic brands that include Chivas Regal, Beefeater gin and The Glenlivet single malt whisky, Alicia brings a wealth of experience across luxury, consumer and trade media, sponsorship and events to our team.

Alicia is always happy to have a drink and a chat so please get in touch!

 

Formally educated as IT specialist and business consultant, Roland´s expertise as entrepreneur with companies in serveral European countries will help spreading Manly Spirits within the EU. As a real whisky fanatic he is seeing this a long awaited possibility to make whisky dreams true.

Roland has the financial and project management expertise & experience necessary to help building the brand in Europe. Roland is formally educated as a IT and business consultant, attending Vienna University of  Vienna and Vienna University of Economics and Business. Recently added an MSc & MBA in business controlling at Danube University Krems.  Roland´s  professional career spans 26 years starting working in the financial and IT institutions and is now running his own IT and business consultancy business spanning several countries in Europe for 23 years. This included serveral M&A activities over the years.

Roland has a strong background in IT, business controlling and merger & acquisition business. He is also a dedicated whisky lover and therefore he took change to be a part of this venture as a major shareholder and director. His role is to help Manly Spirits growing in Europe.

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With two decades spent in the drinks trade, Tim brings a wealth of experience to his new role as distiller at Manly Spirits Co. 

Starting in country pubs in the UK, Tim moved to London to learn the art of mixing drinks. During stints at world-renowned bars such as Lab and Trailer Happiness he discovered a love for gin. This led to seven and a half years as Global Brand Ambassador for Beefeater gin where he travelled the world educating bartenders and consumers on the history of gin and gin drinks. 

Working alongside Beefeater’s Master Distiller, Desmond Payne, Tim began to learn the intricacies of distillation, and after passing his General Certificate in Distillation, gained practical experience working alongside Beefeater’s distillers. 

It is this experience and a love of all things juniper that brings Tim to Manly Spirits Co. as distiller.

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Fiona has a background in hospitality and has worked in media and communication for over 15 years. She has a broad range of experience in documentary filmmaking, digital content production, journalism, and corporate communications and event management. She has worked for companies such as World Vision, City of Melbourne, Swinburne University, and Lonely Planet. She has a Masters degree in Media and Communications and loves a well made cocktail.

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Elijah is Manly Spirit’s creative genius and botanical forager.

Elijah came to our attention as Head Forager/ Chef de Patrie with Rene Redzepis 3 Michelin starred restaurant pop up ‘Noma’ in Sydney. He has extensive experience with ingredients and flavours as Head Chef at the Powder Keg, a gin inspired restaurant and bar, Sous Chef at Jonah’s Whale Beach and Senior Chef de Partie at Bistro Guillaume Crown Casino Perth.

Elijah runs his own foraging business ‘Natures Pick’ which sources wild Australian produce for the restaurant trade and collaboration events or of its own. Produce is also grown on his 4 farms, and creates unique dining experiences for people using wild foraging, hunting, spearfishing sustainable techniques.

Using Elijah’s culinary and foraging skills, Manly Spirits Gins and Botanical Vodkas utilise many locally sourced marine and coastal botanicals.

Mal Higgs role in the Manly Spirits Co is to assist with the development of the Retail Engagement strategy for the business. Mal has operated at all levels of the retail liquor industry for over four decades.

He has owned and operated more than 20 retail liquor stores in the Sydney region
and has a strong passion for the drinks industry.

Mal was the founder of Porters Liquor, a franchise group which provides buying, promotional and marketing services to independent liquor stores.

Mal was the National President of the liquor store industry association – the Australian Liquor Stores Association, for more than 25 years.

Mal is very excited to be involved in the Manly Spirits project and believes his experience will play an important role in developing the ‘go to market’ strategies for the business.

Mal lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with his wife Kerrin and has two grown up children, Sam and Jess. He is a keen snow skier and enjoys swimming, paddle boarding and bush walking.

David has the design, project management and operations management expertise & experience necessary to successfully design, construct and operate the Distillery. David is formally educated as a Chemical Engineer, attending Melbourne University, achieving top graduate in his year. He has a MBA (Technology) from the Australian School of Business (AGSM). David’s professional career spans 26 years working for blue chip domestic and international companies. David has worked in Victoria, Queensland, NSW & the UK. David is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of the Australian Institute of Engineering and a professional Chartered Engineer.

David has a strong background in process design, construction, commissioning and project management in the petrochemicals and oil industries. He has extensive production and operations management experience in major hazard facilities in the Sydney area, and a proven track record of operational excellence in environmentally sensitive locations such as the Kurnell Refinery adjacent to the Kamay Botany Bay National Park and marine wharf facilities in Botany Bay.

David has achieved awards recognising his design of innovative facilities with low environmental impact in a location on the edge of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Vanessa has the Marketing communications and design experience necessary to develop and build the ‘Manly Spirits’ brand into a premium spirits player in both the domestic and export market.

Vanessa is formally educated with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Design, attending University of Technology, Sydney. Vanessa’s professional career spans 25 years with roles as Account Manger with Young Rubicam (CUB, Suntory, Pepsi), Marketing Manager for Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, National Promotion’s Manager for Greater Union Cinemas and running a successful Digital Design and Marketing business, Billy Boy Design.

Vanessa has a strong background in brand building and social media strategy and implementation, along with business operations skills.