Friday 2 May 2008

Welsh Cider Company Appoints New Directors

Gwynt Y Ddraig, the Welsh Cider company, has announced the appointment of two new directors to the board, Ian Evans has been appointed Chairman and Lyn Casling has taken over as Finance Director of the biggest cidermaker in Wales.

Ian Evans, originally from the Rhondda Valley, is a graduate of the Polytechnic of Wales, after which he worked in the drinks industry for Scottish & Newcastle where his jobs included Group Logistics Director and Production Director at the Newcastle and Fountainbridge Breweries, as well as Operations Director for the Scottish Courage Brands. He was also involved in the merger of The Beer Cellar and Waverley Vintners and the sale of Scottish &Newcastle’s pubs to the Spirit Pub Group. Ian currently works for William Grant & Sons as Operations Development and Compliance Director.

Currently, Ian is a non-executive director of the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and a member of the Scotch Whisky Association Environmental Committee and chairs a sub group of this committee dealing with energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction.

“Despite spending most of my working life in Scotland, I always enjoy coming back to Wales to support the Welsh Rugby team and of course sampling the superb ciders from Wales”, said Ian Evans.

Lyn Casling joins the board of Gwynt Y Ddraig as non-executive Finance Director. He is also from the Rhondda and is a graduate of the Polytechnic of Wales. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Compliance Institute. Lyn is a past president of the South Wales District Society of Chartered Certified Accountants. In 1986 Lyn joined the Julian Hodge Bank Group as Chief Accountant, progressing to Managing Director of Hodge Life Assurance Company Limited in 1990 and remained in that position until November 1999. Lyn was Finance Director of Challenger Group Services (UK) Limited, and Challenger Life (UK) Limited from December 2001 until July 2007 and is currently Head of Product Development of Living Time Limited.

Andrew Gronow and Bill George, Directors of Gwynt Y Ddraig cider, are quoted “We have proved in the past that we make award-winning ciders and perries and now we have the experience of Ian and Lyn on the board, we can take Gwynt Y Ddraig ciders and perries to the next level.”

Further Information:

Bill George, Operations Director, 0779 106 6240


Andy Gronow, Production Director, 0779 106 6257

Gwynt y Ddraig Cider Ltd

Llest Farm, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, RCT, CF38 2PW

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