Sarah Burgess; one of British Luxury's 50 Most Influential People

News  •  25.01.24

Sarah Burgess; one of British Luxury's 50 Most Influential People

We are delighted to reveal that Sarah Burgess has been recognised as one of the 50 Most Influential people in British Luxury. 

Our whiskymaker was inducted into the Walpole Power List 2024 at the prestigious ceremony hosted at The Lanesborough Hotel in London last night.

Now in its fifth year, the Walpole Power List celebrates individuals whose creativity, leadership and skill is set to define the direction of the British luxury industry for the coming year. 
Sarah's inclusion means she is the third person to have been named in the list with The Lakes, following on from our co-founder Nigel Mills in 2019 and former Lakes' whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi in 2020, respectively.
Our whiskymaker Sarah Burgess was named on The Walpole Power List 2024

“Sarah has been a breath of fresh air since joining The Lakes in January last year.

“It is rare to find someone so creative, innovative, helpful, and down-to-earth as Sarah. She is elevating quality levels and craft, helping to create new opportunities that will expand The Lakes’ global footprint.”

Steve Gibson, The Lakes Distillery Brand Manager


As the event's official spirits sponsor, we were also bestowed the honour of serving attendees a curated collection of Lakes' cocktails to enjoy as part of the evening's celebrations.

You can discover who else was named on the list below:

The Walpole Power List 2024

Walpole - promoting and protecting British Luxury

Walpole is the UK’s sole business organisation for luxury brands in Britain. Its purpose is to promote, protect and develop a sector worth £48 billion to the UK economy, contributes 2.4% of the UK’s GDP and employs more than 160,000 people throughout the country.
Founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation, Walpole counts more than 250 of Britain’s most famous luxury brands across a wide range of sectors, which includes Bentley, Mulberry, Harrods and Bremont Watches, as well as fellow whisky makers The Macallan and Glenfiddich. 
Recognised in both Westminster and Brussels, you can find the full list of Walpole members here.