Katherine Smart is the first woman to be appointed Renter Warden of the Worshipful Company of Brewers.
Smart (pictured above) first joined in the Worshipful Company of Brewers (or Brewers’ Company as it is more commonly known) as a liveryman brewer in 2014, becoming the first female Member of Court (the equivalent to the Company’s board) in 2018.
As Renter Warden – one of the Company’s most senior leadership positions, Smart is responsible, with the Master and other Wardens, for the oversight of the Company’s operations including supporting the charitable works of the Company.
The Brewers’ Company is Trustee of the Brewers’ Research and Education Fund, a major grants fund for the brewing industry supporting relevant scientific research and education as well as supporting an MSc student annually at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling and presenting prizes for the top achievers in the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s exams.
The Company supports two schools as well as several educational programmes to encourage aspiration, music, science, and wider cultural capital for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In total it distributes approximately £2 million in grants annually.
Smart works for Diageo’s and is based at its International Supply Centre in Menstrie, Scotland. She is also a lecturer in brewing and distilling at the University of Cambridge. She also served as President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling from 2016 – 2018, only the second woman to hold the role.
Smart said: “Brewing has historically been very male dominated, and when I started my career, I’d often be the only woman in the room at industry events. Today it is wonderful to see so many women entering the industry, building thriving careers and shaping the future of brewing.”
One woman making strides in the brewing industry is Shalom Kaite (pictured above) based in Diageo’s Port Bell Brewery in Kampala, Uganda. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Shalom completed the Certified Brewmaster Course at the Versuchs-und Lehranstalt für Brauerei (VLB) in Berlin in July, becoming the latest brewmaster for Diageo’s Uganda Breweries.
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