Our story

William Grant had a vision to make the best dram in the valley. Assisted by his wife Elizabeth, their seven sons and two daughters, he built the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The first drop of spirit flowed through its stills on Christmas Day, 1887.

William Grant & Sons is now a global business but remains wholly family-owned. Guided by the independent spirit of its founder, it brings a pioneering approach to building brands that are loved the world over.

William Grant played an active role in community life in Dufftown. Subsequent generations of his family sustained and expanded the company’s contribution to the greater good through investment, sponsorship and philanthropy, reflecting both the family’s shared values and their own personal passions.

Having committed to set aside 1% of pre-tax profits for good causes, the company’s continued growth led to the creation of the William Grant Foundation in 2014. The Foundation provides a proactive way of managing and directing donations on the company’s behalf, under the direction of the William Grant families.

About us

Our team

The Foundation’s work is facilitated and supported by a small staff team based at William Grant & Sons’ offices in Bellshill, Lanarkshire.

Foundation Assistant

Audrey McCracken

Audrey is responsible for grant payments and administration. She has over 30 years’ experience in administration, 24 years of which was with the Cooperative Retail Group. She joined the Foundation from the energy sector where she was in a compliance role.

Partnerships and Learning Manager

Elaine Gibb

Elaine has particular responsibility for our Youth Opportunities and Natural and Built Environment themes. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in third sector infrastructure support roles, with Greenspace Scotland and latterly the Third Sector Interface network.

Partnerships and Learning Manager

Rowan Boase

Rowan has particular responsibility for our Health and Social Causes and Scottish Culture and Heritage themes. Her first jobs involved working with young people, enabling them to take action on topics that matter to them, particularly our environment. She then moved into evaluation support for charities, and then funding, working for the National Lottery Community Fund before joining the Foundation.

Chief Executive

Nick Addington

Nick oversees the Foundation’s work and leads our contribution to wider initiatives relating to funding and civil society. He began his career in community arts and events before moving into grant-making and philanthropy. He joined as our first CEO following eleven years working at Scotland’s community foundation, Foundation Scotland.


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