Meet the Team

Max Vaughan


Max was the guy with a dream that has now become a reality. This is in large part thanks to the collective efforts of everyone on the team. Max is involved with all aspects of the business and in particular enjoys welcoming visitors to the Distillery – every time it’s great to see the positive reactions and revisit what we’ve achieved. Max grew up in Derbyshire and so setting up the Distillery in the Peak District region was part of the plan from day one, and linking our spirits to this remarkable location.

Claire Vaughan


Claire is involved with pretty much everything apart from distilling our spirits! Particularly branding and design (from labelling, merchandise and web-site, to the design of our shop and tasting room), as well as working with Max on events, PR and marketing. After 20 years in teaching, Claire retrained in interior design. Having lived and breathed the Distillery with Max from the outset, and being passionate about Derbyshire and the Peak District, it’s become part of family life.

Shaun Smith

Head Distiller

Shaun is in charge of Distillery operations and R&D (and manages to keep some free time to welcome visitors around the Distillery). Shaun was previously one of the original distillers at The Cotswolds Distillery. Shaun joined us in 2016 to work with Max on the Distillery design and engineering, so has been involved from the very beginning. Shaun grew up just across the other side of the Peak District in Macclesfield, so is very much at home here.

Dave Symes


Dave is a key member of our small distilling team and helps with the day-to-day running of the Distillery and our visitor tours. Dave is a Derbyshire lad and, prior to joining the team, worked locally as a brewer at The Brunswick for a number of years, and so joined us with a good knowledge of mashing and fermentation which is a key area of differentiation for our whisky. Dave joined the team in early 2018 and so was on board with Shaun at the time of commissioning the Distillery.

Elizabeth Griffiths

Business Administration

Liz is involved with many aspects of the Distillery behind the scenes, ensuring that processes and tools are designed for smooth business operation. With a background in engineering and project management, Liz is passionate about making the Distillery a great place to work where we’re always looking to improve how we do things.

Beth Ault

Office Administration

Beth has joined us full-time and works closely with Max and Claire to manage the day to day customer side of the business, from order processing, booking enquiries and office administration. Beth has years of previous experience working as an accounts assistant and office administrator.

Caine Scott-Mullen

Brand Ambassador & Events

Caine has joined us as a part-time member of the Still House team. Caine is a friend who’s been on hand from the beginning to provide extra man power at events (he does a very good job of spreading the White Peak word). He’s passionate about what we’re doing, enjoys whisky and spirits in general. A good friend to have!

He’s now getting to grips with the distilling process , as well as being a welcoming distillery tour guide.

Rosie Ferrer

Marketing Manager

Rosie has joined us to help us develop and share our brand story as we grow and launch our whisky later this year. She’ll be looking after all of our comms, building relationships with other local brands and planning events.

Alongside marketing, Rosie is passionate about food and drink and is excited to develop some new recipes using our spirits.  

Sarah Mangan

Assistant Distiller

Sarah has joined us as an assistant distiller. With a health and safety and quality control background, she’s dreamt of becoming a distiller for years. After studying the theory with the IBD, she’s now learning the craft hands-on with our Still House team.

Sarah is a whisky lover and is passionate about making it too – she’s always saying that being a distiller is the best job in the world.

Tom Lindsey

Whisky Ambassador

Tom has joined us as a Whisky Ambassador. A self-professed true whisky nerd, he will be building relationships with whisky stockists across the country and raising our profile with whisky fans through our inaugural release and beyond.

He’ll also be helping Max and Dave with cask management and getting involved with production when required.