Andy has one of the more interesting paths into making whisky. He moved from the UK to South Africa in 1982, while playing cricket professionally, and fell in love with the country. He moved over permanently in 1984.
He began working for a winery, and soon took over managing the company's cellars. Along with the wine, he was looking after the companies whisky stocks, and started spending time with Morrison Bowmore in Scotland. After a few years he returned to South Africa full time, and started working at the James Sedgwick distillery. It was mostly making brandy, and Andy helped move it to making whisky. He became manager in 1991, and has shepherded the distillery through huge growth over the past three decades.
He has now taken on a wider role at Distell, becoming head of whisky intrinsic excellence and taking on responsibility for whisky production at all four of the companies distilleries, including Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Ledaig in Scotland.