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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.

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

SAM POTTER

CREATIVE EXECUTIVE

Sam has a Graphic Design degree plus 12 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 is also responsible for designing the Barbados brand.

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

MICHELLE PEARCE

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Michelle is our driving force behind the restaurant, having turned down working for Buckingham Palace we have been blessed with her flair and culinary expertise in our kitchen. Having travelled the globe as a private chef, Michelle has served up a storm in the most magnificent places from yachts in the French Riviera to cooking for celebrities in Barbados. Michelle and John have fused forces to create a flavoursome hearty menu of favourites to be enjoyed by all.

 

Outside the kitchen Michelle is a keen rider, having competed in shows with her Spanish horse Hidalgo. With a love of the sea, she can be found with a book in hand at her favourite beach Widemouth bay.

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

LOVAGE & A SPLASH OF BRANDY

TOM PRESTON-EVANS

DISTILLERY OPERATIVE

Tom has joined our growing production team, bringing with him years of distilling knowledge and experience. Tom’s job is end to end distilling, which involves preparing and weighing botanicals, fermenting molasses, monitoring tastes and cuts, turning round the stills and bottling and labelling the finished product.

 

Tom is a keen cricketer, when he’s not spending his weekends playing he’s watching. His first love however is his little girl. Together they enjoy exploring local villages and beaches, their favourite being port Issac. 

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

LIMONGINO

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

JOE KINSEY

RESEARCH & 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

TAMARA HILL

EVENTS & RESTAURANT MANAGER

If you visit Treguddick you will likely receive a warm welcome at reception from Tamara. Tamara spins many plates from managing the team, booking tours, ordering stock, leading tastings, running social media and co-ordinating the restaurant and shop. Tamara also organises and runs our events at Treguddick and can be found serving cocktails from our horse-box bar.

Tamara is a self confessed foodie and when she’s not exploring the coast in her campervan she’s growing her own veg at her family farm. With a love of beach life Tamara is happiest paddle boarding or wild swimming in the beautiful Cornish coves.

FAVOURITE SPIRIT

CUCUMBER SPIRIT

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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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