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The Institute of Brewing & Distilling reveals new CEO

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) has appointed Tom Shelston to be its new chief executive officer. 


Shelston, who takes the role over from Douglas Murray who has stood in as interim CEO and immediate past president of the IBD, has previously worked with the Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust among other national and global organisations.

Shelston said: “It is a privilege to be part of the next chapter of an organisation like the IBD with such a rich history and relevance to reinforce the membership and learning and development programmes, helping professionals and their businesses respond and adapt better to the new challenges that the fast-changing times are bringing”.

In the role, Shelston’s initial responsibilities will be to scale the IBD’s global reach reinforcing the value of its qualifications, learning and development portfolios, and membership value proposition to create a well-connected and strong community of professionals in the brewing, distilling and allied industries.

Speaking of the new appointment, Bhavya Mandanna, president of the IBD, added: “This is an exciting period of change for the IBD, and we are delighted that Tom is joining us to deliver our strategic goal of driving excellence in holistic professional development in an ever-changing and competitive world. I would like to thank Douglas Murray as interim chief executive officer, for his great work in leading the IBD through a period of significant change.”

Murray will continue in the organisation as a trustee of the board.

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