A BURTON-based brewing giant is celebrating after one of its top female employees became the first woman to be named brewer of the year.
Emma Gilleland, supply chain director at Marston’s, in Shobnall Road, was awarded the honour at the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s 21st annual dinner
The award is nominated by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) and in making the nomination, they consider not only the brewing expertise of the individual but also their wider commitment to beer, brewing, people and the community.
The top brewer said: “This is a huge honour and completely unexpected.
“This award reflects the outstanding team that I am a part of at Marston’s and they share the honour with me.”
Emma Gilleland began her career with a BSc in biomedical technology in Sheffield before joining the brewing industry and passing the diploma in brewing in 1999 before achieving the IBD’s highest professional qualification in 2010 – earning the title ‘master brewer’.
She has pursued a successful career rising to become director of supply chain for Marston’s with responsibility for five different breweries producing 60 different ale brands – and she was recently described on BBC Radio 2 as “probably the most influential woman brewer in the UK”.
She has overseen the planning and successful implementation of a £7 million investment in a new bottling line at the Marston’s brewery in the town.
Away from the firm, she has also contributed to the wider community through being a trustee of the Burton Breweries Charitable Trust.