Simpsons award presented

Diageo Global Supply employee Richard Moxom is this year’s recipient of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) Simpsons Malt Award.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 1:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 1:22 pm
Richard Simpson of Simpsons Malt.

The award recognises Richard’s success in achieving the highest percentage mark in the Diploma in Distilling Module One Examination for 2018.

Berwick-based Richard Simpson, vice chairman of Simpsons Malt, said: “We are very proud of our association with the IBD as we believe that recognising talent within the industry is the best way of developing much-needed skills for the betterment of the brewing and distilling industries.

“We wish Richard a huge congratulations for his outstanding achievement.

“There is so much innovation within the sector right now, which has created some really exciting opportunities for individual brewers and distillers, as well as companies. We wish Richard continued success in his career.”

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Currently based in Dublin, Richard holds the role of Beer Operational Excellence Quality Manager for West and South Africa at the international firm.

Enthusiastic about expanding his knowledge and training within the distilling sector, Richard took on the diploma with the backing of his employer having noted an increasing focus on spirit and RTD innovation within his role. He sees the IBD Diploma in Distilling as a great way to expand his knowledge in this area and apply it to some of the issues he faces day to day.

Richard said: “I would like to thank both the IBD and Simpsons Malt for my award – I am delighted to have claimed the prize. My wife has previously won the Hough Award for highest marks in the Master Brewer exam, so this allows me to catch up to her a bit!”

IBD CEO Dr Jerry Avis concluded: “The IBD is extremely proud of its association with Simpsons Malt as this award provides tangible recognition of outstanding success in the gateway exam to the Diploma. Great technical knowledge will always underpin the great quality products that comprise the backbone of our industry. I commend Richard for his superb performance and wish him success for his remaining Diploma in Distilling exam.”

Recognising his achievement, Richard Moxom will receive a £500 cheque presented at the IBD Scottish Section Dinner next month.

Previous winners of the Simpsons Malt Award include Elgin-based Peter Milne who is also employed by Diageo, Elgin Isaeblla Wemyss from Wemyss Development in Scotland, Flavien Desoblin, owner of the Brandy Library Lounge in New York and Tambudzai Makunde of African Distillers Limited.