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MEET THE TEAM

A SHIP IS ONLY AS GOOD AS IT'S CREW AND A DISTILLERY IS ONLY AS GOOD AS IT'S TEAM

It's no secret that most of our team came to work for us after trying one of our spirits and undergoing something of an epiphany. Everyone that works here at Treguddick is united in their passion for delivering the finest products and service and sharing them with others; read on to find out more about us.

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DR JOHN WALTERS

MASTER DISTILLER

A former biochemist, Dr John decided to turn his talents to making spirits after deciding that other commercially available options simply were not up to scratch. He is the founder of Treguddick and English Spirit, and oversees the creation of all our products, both new and existing. 

Dr John is one of the UK’s most experienced distillers. Turning an average of ten stills per day, and distilling the UK’s widest variety of spirits from scratch. His creations have won the most prestigious awards from the leading international spirit competitions, and he has consistently led innovation in the spirits market. 

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

WHATEVER HE FANCIES ON THE DAY

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SAM POTTER

CREATIVE EXECUTIVE

Sam has a Graphic Design degree plus 10 years experience as a senior designer and leads our visionary direction as our Creative Executive. Having been responsible for the interior design of Treguddick, Sam has shaped the direction of the English Spirit brand. She created all the brand assets and designs the product labels, packaging and menus. Sam also captures all our photography and designs the website.

Sam moved to Cornwall and fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle, spending her time paddle boarding, wake boarding and having BBQ’s on the beach!

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

RASPBERRY & BAY SHRUB

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TOM ELSON-KNIGHT

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Tom has been working closely with the Treguddick team since June 2022, including delivering our event menus, he will be the driving force behind the restaurant when he joins us full-time in September.

 

Tom, who was a MasterChef finalist in 2019, has a wealth of experience from running pop-up events around the UK to menu consultation.

 

Tom has already begun to design innovative dishes that combine our high-quality spirits with the best ingredients available in the South West.

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

ENGLISH SPICED RUM

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ALICE HARDY

RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR

Alice is our restaurant supervisor. She helps with the smooth running go the restaurant kitchen at Treguddick. She closely works with our team members ensuring that our high standards are maintained. Alice is also a dab hand in the kitchen, collaborating with our chef to create and produce exquisite dishes.

 

In her free time Alice loves countryside walks and hikes, her happy place being Kit Hill. Alice is a huge fan of rock music and loves a live gig. In the rest of her spare time, she can be found enjoying quality time with her daughter and son. 

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

SAMBUCA

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KURT READ

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Kurts main role is to oversee the day to day running of our lovely new distillery and visitors centre at Treguddick in Cornwall. Kurt also supervises all the construction and maintenance within the grounds. A self-confessed perfectionist, his expertise has helped us to finish our project to an exceptionally high standard. 

 

Curious by nature, Kurt enjoys learning and turning his hand to any craft: whether it be new design software for our machinery, pizza making, or horticulture. At weekends, he can usually be found making improvements to his home, often to make room for his family’s menagerie of pets.

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

ENGLISH SPICED RUM

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ESTHER STANSBURY

TEAM LEADER

Esther is based at Treguddick and helps to manage the team of Team Members in the running of the tours, cafe and shop. Esther can also be seen on shows and markets selling the beautiful range of products that we make.

Esther grew up in Sidmouth by the sea. She now lives near Tavistock where she bought an old house with her husband which they have been renovating themselves. Esther has 2 boys, Jack & Fred who keep her very busy! Esther loves walking on Dartmoor and spending time socialising with friends and family.

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

DR J'S GIN

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JOE KINSEY

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Joe joined Treguddick in July 2022 as our research and development specialist. Joe works closely with John and Tom to keep Treguddick and English Spirit at the forefront of innovation. Joe has a strong background in the hospitality trade with 10 years of experience and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. Working with and enjoying a range of spirits himself Joe became interested in how they were made which led him to Treguddick.

 

Outside of work Joe can be found participating in his other passion as an on-call firefighter for Tavistock Fire Station. In the rest of his spare time, he can be found enjoying food and drink with his wife and daughter. 

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

ENGLISH TOFFEE VODKA

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OUR SPIRIT
AMBASSADORS

Our Spirit Ambassadors are really just a fantastic bunch of people who love nothing more than spreading the word far and wide about all things Treguddick. 

Whether that’s by hosting tasting tours at the distillery, and imparting their extensive knowledge about all of our amazing spirits and liqueurs. Or by attending fairs, markets and events and selling our products. Some of them have other roles at the distillery. As FOH team members, or managing the grounds and building, and also promoting our new range of Treguddick condiments and preserves to local suppliers. A pretty talented lot really!

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