About Us
Who

are we?
Who
are we?
We are Lachlan, Ewan and Jamie Maclean.

What is personal fulfilment? Doing something you love in service of others? Sitting in the intersection between personal growth and influencing the world in a positive way? At The Maclean Foundation, we believe in spending time in this intersection as a means of finding purpose in life.
ABOUT US

CHARLES MACLEAN

THE MACLEAN BROTHERS

SHEILA MACLEAN

CHARLES MACLEAN

Charlie Maclean is a world class independent ambassador of whisky. In 2021, he was awarded an MBE for services to whisky and charity. Charlie has been researching whisky for over four decades and has written 18 books on the subject. He is renowned for his knowledge on this topic and his willingness to share it.

THE MACLEAN BROTHERS

The Maclean brothers are passionate about working together to create positive change in the world, one adventure at a time. In 2020, they rowed across the Atlantic, raising over £200,000 for charity.

SHEILA MACLEAN

Sheila is an independent watercolour artist and printmaker. After waving her sons into Antigua after their Atlantic row, she decided not to go home and move to the island. She’s largely responsible for any successes within the Maclean family and is without a doubt where the boys get their spirit of adventure from.

CHARLES 
MACLEAN

Charlie Maclean is a world class independent ambassador of whisky. In 2021, he was awarded an MBE for services to whisky and charity. Charlie has been researching whisky for over four decades and has written 18 books on the subject. He is renowned for his knowledge on this topic and his willingness to share it.

THE MACLEAN
BROTHERS

The Maclean brothers are passionate about working together to create positive change in the world, one adventure at a time. In 2020, they rowed across the Atlantic, raising over £200,000 for charity.

SHEILA
MACLEAN

Sheila is an independent watercolour artist and printmaker. After waving her sons into Antigua after their Atlantic row, she decided not to go home and move to the island. She’s largely responsible for any successes within the Maclean family and is without a doubt where the boys get their spirit of adventure from.

Trustees

JAMIE SPENCER OBE

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE

DAVID COATES

NICK MORGAN

ANNABEL MEIKLE

Charity & policy development

Treasurer

Design & branding

Marketing & whisky expert

Whisky expert

Frequently Asked Quetions

Basic Users Questions
ANNABEL MEIKLE
Trustee, Whisky Expert

Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015. She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes.

JAMIE SPENCER, OBE
Trustee, Charity Expert, Policy
Development

With 30 years working in charity management, Jamie founded Feedback Madagascar 27 years ago. Working with the MacLean family, Jamie was a founder of the Whisky for Water campaign in 2019, bringing clean water boreholes to over 3000 people. Amongst many other things Feedback Madagascar currently feeds 80,000 children every day, protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest and has built over 100 schools. They do this with an innovative and comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation and forest protection. Jamie was awarded an OBE for services to rural development and wildlife conservation in Madagascar in 2018.

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE
Trustee, Treasurer

Sarah Kibblewhite has been an accountant for over 30 years working with both external clients and for the latter 20 years operationally within PwC. A wealth of business strategy, management and operational experience together with senior level responsibility for all aspects of people management.  Her whisky experience started as a hobby with her husband Brian and they now run an extensive portfolio of maturing casks managing a large private group of whisky fans.  Charity experience has focused to date on children, mental health and the importance of hospice support.

DAVID COATES
Trustee, Design/Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

NICK MORGAN
Trustee, Marketing/Whisky Expert

Nick Morgan worked for United Distillers, and then Diageo, for thirty years, receiving the IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky award in 2017.  He is a Master of the Quaich. A historian by training, he has recently published two books about Scotch whisky and is a regular contributor to online magazines and blogs.  He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity), which supports excellence in British Craftsmanship.

JAMIE SPENCER, OBE
Trustee, Charity Expert, Policy Development

With 30 years working in charity management, Jamie founded Feedback Madagascar 27 years ago. Working with the MacLean family, Jamie was a founder of the Whisky for Water campaign in 2019, bringing clean water boreholes to over 3000 people. Amongst many other things Feedback Madagascar currently feeds 80,000 children every day, protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest and has built over 100 schools. They do this with an innovative and comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation and forest protection. Jamie was awarded an OBE for services to rural development and wildlife conservation in Madagascar in 2018.

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE
Trustee, Treasurer

Sarah Kibblewhite has been an accountant for over 30 years working with both external clients and for the latter 20 years operationally within PwC. A wealth of business strategy, management and operational experience together with senior level responsibility for all aspects of people management.  Her whisky experience started as a hobby with her husband Brian and they now run an extensive portfolio of maturing casks managing a large private group of whisky fans.  Charity experience has focused to date on children, mental health and the importance of hospice support.

DAVID COATES
Trustee, Design/Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

NICK MORGAN
Trustee, Marketing/Whisky Expert

Nick Morgan worked for United Distillers, and then Diageo, for thirty years, receiving the IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky award in 2017.  He is a Master of the Quaich. A historian by training, he has recently published two books about Scotch whisky and is a regular contributor to online magazines and blogs.  He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity), which supports excellence in British Craftsmanship.

ANNABEL MEIKLE
Trustee, Whisky Expert

Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015. She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes.

Trustees

JAMIE SPENCER, OBE

SARAH
KIBBLEWHITE

DAVID COATES

NICK MORGAN

ANNABEL MEIKLE

Trustee, Charity
Expert, Policy Development

Trustee, Treasurer

Trustee, Design/
Branding

Trustee, Marketing/
Whisky Expert

Trustee, Whisky
Expert

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Frequently Asked Quetions

Basic Users Questions
ANNABEL MEIKLE
Trustee, Whisky Expert

Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015. She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes.

JAMIE SPENCER, OBE
Trustee, Charity Expert, Policy
Development

With 30 years working in charity management, Jamie founded Feedback Madagascar 27 years ago. Working with the MacLean family, Jamie was a founder of the Whisky for Water campaign in 2019, bringing clean water boreholes to over 3000 people. Amongst many other things Feedback Madagascar currently feeds 80,000 children every day, protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest and has built over 100 schools. They do this with an innovative and comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation and forest protection. Jamie was awarded an OBE for services to rural development and wildlife conservation in Madagascar in 2018.

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE
Trustee, Treasurer

Sarah Kibblewhite has been an accountant for over 30 years working with both external clients and for the latter 20 years operationally within PwC. A wealth of business strategy, management and operational experience together with senior level responsibility for all aspects of people management. Her whisky experience started as a hobby with her husband Brian and they now run an extensive portfolio of maturing casks managing a large private group of whisky fans. Charity experience has focused to date on children, mental health and the importance of hospice support.

DAVID COATES
Trustee, Design/Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

NICK MORGAN
Trustee, Marketing/Whisky Expert

Nick Morgan worked for United Distillers, and then Diageo, for thirty years, receiving the IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky award in 2017.  He is a Master of the Quaich. A historian by training, he has recently published two books about Scotch whisky and is a regular contributor to online magazines and blogs.  He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity), which supports excellence in British Craftsmanship.

Trustees

JAMIE SPENCER, OBE

Trustee, Charity
Expert, Policy Development

With 30 years working in charity management, Jamie founded Feedback Madagascar 27 years ago. Working with the MacLean family, Jamie was a founder of the Whisky for Water campaign in 2019, bringing clean water boreholes to over 3000 people. Amongst many other things Feedback Madagascar currently feeds 80,000 children every day, protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest and has built over 100 schools. They do this with an innovative and comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation and forest protection. Jamie was awarded an OBE for services to rural development and wildlife conservation in Madagascar in 2018.

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE

Trustee, Treasurer

Sarah Kibblewhite has been an accountant for over 30 years working with both external clients and for the latter 20 years operationally within PwC. A wealth of business strategy, management and operational experience together with senior level responsibility for all aspects of people management.  Her whisky experience started as a hobby with her husband Brian and they now run an extensive portfolio of maturing casks managing a large private group of whisky fans.  Charity experience has focused to date on children, mental health and the importance of hospice support.

DAVID COATES

Trustee, Design/ Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

NICK MORGAN

Trustee, Marketing/Whisky Expert

Nick Morgan worked for United Distillers, and then Diageo, for thirty years, receiving the IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky award in 2017.  He is a Master of the Quaich. A historian by training, he has recently published two books about Scotch whisky and is a regular contributor to online magazines and blogs.  He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity), which supports excellence in British Craftsmanship.

ANNABEL MEIKLE

Trustee, Whisky Expert

Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015. She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes.

JAMIE 
SPENCER, OBE
Trustee, Charity Expert, Policy Development

With 30 years working in charity management, Jamie founded Feedback Madagascar 27 years ago. Working with the MacLean family, Jamie was a founder of the Whisky for Water campaign in 2019, bringing clean water boreholes to over 3000 people. Amongst many other things Feedback Madagascar currently feeds 80,000 children every day, protects 200,000 hectares of rainforest and has built over 100 schools. They do this with an innovative and comprehensive approach to poverty alleviation and forest protection. Jamie was awarded an OBE for services to rural development and wildlife conservation in Madagascar in 2018.

SARAH KIBBLEWHITE
Trustee, Treasurer

Sarah Kibblewhite has been an accountant for over 30 years working with both external clients and for the latter 20 years operationally within PwC. A wealth of business strategy, management and operational experience together with senior level responsibility for all aspects of people management.  Her whisky experience started as a hobby with her husband Brian and they now run an extensive portfolio of maturing casks managing a large private group of whisky fans.  Charity experience has focused to date on children, mental health and the importance of hospice support.

DAVID
COATES
Trustee, Design/Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

NICK 
MORGAN
Trustee, Marketing/Whisky Expert

Nick Morgan worked for United Distillers, and then Diageo, for thirty years, receiving the IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky award in 2017.  He is a Master of the Quaich. A historian by training, he has recently published two books about Scotch whisky and is a regular contributor to online magazines and blogs.  He is a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity), which supports excellence in British Craftsmanship.

ANNABEL
MEIKLE
Trustee, Whisky Expert

Annabel has been in the role of Director of the Keepers of the Quaich since May 2015. She has worked in the whisky industry since 2001, organising events and tastings, then as the global brand ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. She established her own consultancy, the Whisky Belle, where she was contributing editor on two publications and well respected for her sensory evaluation and tasting notes.

DAVID
COATES
Trustee, Design/Branding

David co-founded McIlroy Coates in Edinburgh in 1984. The company rapidly grew to be the pre-eminent design house in Scotland and one of the top ten in the U.K. advising a broad range of clients, nationally and internationally.

Our Partners

CORPORATE PARTNERS

These companies shared our vision and have made this possible.

CHARITY PARTNERS

We trust the effectiveness and approach of these organisations. They share our vision for sustainable development that works.

Timeline

1981

CHARLIE MACLEAN
SPRING 1981

In Spring, 1981, Charlie Maclean accepted his first writing job for a whisky company: a small brochure for Bells Whisky. Little did he know that this marked the beginning a lifetime of dedication to an industry he would grow ever so fond of.

WHISKY FOR WATER
SUMMER 2019

Charlie’s sons, Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan, embarked on a 300 mile row up the West Coast of Scotland as part of their training to row across the Atlantic. They went from Arran up to Skye, stopping at 16 whisky distilleries as they paddled, ‘pillaging’ donated whisky along the way. The whisky was blended by Charlie and friends to produce a blended Malt and a blended Scotch: Maclean’s Pillage and Maclean’s Spillage.

2019

2020

ATLANTIC FLARES
JANUARY 2020

After 35 days at sea, the Maclean brothers arrived in Antigua to the sound of bagpipes. They had broken three world records and raised over £200,000 for charity. During the long days at sea, the idea was hatched to start a family foundation to build on the positive impact of their Atlantic row.

PILLAGE AND SPILLAGE
SUMMER 2020

Upon return from the Caribbean, the two blends were bottled by Adelphi and sold through Royal Mile Whiskies to raise £55,000 for clean water projects in Madagascar. Funds were donated to a trusted charity partner, Feedback Madagascar.

2020

2023

MADAGASCAR
SPRING 2023

The Maclean brothers travelled to Madagascar to visit the eleven boreholes which were funded by the Whisky for Water campaign. These boreholes currently serve approximately 2,750 people in eastern Madagascar.

THE MACLEAN
FOUNDATION SUMMER
2023

The Maclean Foundation was launched, a family charity with the mission of creating positive change through compassion and the spirit of adventure.

2023

Timeline

1981

CHARLIE MACLEAN
SPRING 1981

In Spring, 1981, Charlie Maclean accepted his first writing job for a whisky company: a small brochure for Bells Whisky. Little did he know that this marked the beginning a lifetime of dedication to an industry he would grow ever so fond of.

2019

WHISKY FOR
WATER SUMMER 2019

Charlie’s sons, Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan, embarked on a 300 mile row up the West Coast of Scotland as part of their training to row across the Atlantic. They went from Arran up to Skye, stopping at 16 whisky distilleries as they paddled, ‘pillaging’ donated whisky along the way. The whisky was blended by Charlie and friends to produce a blended Malt and a blended Scotch: Maclean’s Pillage and Maclean’s Spillage.

2020

ATLANTIC FLARES JANUARY 2020

After 35 days at sea, the Maclean brothers arrived in Antigua to the sound of bagpipes. They had broken three world records and raised over £200,000 for charity. During the long days at sea, the idea was hatched to start a family foundation to build on the positive impact of their Atlantic row.

2020

PILLAGE AND SPILLAGE SUMMER 2020

Upon return from the Caribbean, the two blends were bottled by Adelphi and sold through Royal Mile Whiskies to raise £55,000 for clean water projects in Madagascar. Funds were donated to a trusted charity partner, Feedback Madagascar.

2023

MADAGASCAR SPRING 2023

The Maclean brothers travelled to Madagascar to visit the eleven boreholes which were funded by the Whisky for Water campaign. These boreholes currently serve approximately 2,750 people in eastern Madagascar.

2023

THE MACLEAN FOUNDATION
SUMMER 2023

The Maclean Foundation was set up, a family charity with the mission of creating positive change through compassion and adventure.

Our Values

Frequently Asked Quetions

Basic Users Questions
COMPASSION.

We believe in listening. To create meaningful impact, we believe in hearing people on a deeper level, casting societal norms, stereotypes and prejudice aside. We seek understanding that’s not  limited to our own, narrow point of view. What then? We believe that witnessing suffering is followed by a responsibility to take action.

ADVENTURE.

We believe in adventure as a means for authentic change to not just our lives, but in each person and place we connect with. Personal growth is great; community growth is better.

HOPE.

We believe in our mission wholeheartedly, even enough to sign our name at the bottom of everything we do. From the big to the small, every action of compassion, every adventure, can make a change.

Frequently Asked Quetions

Basic Users Questions
COMPASSION.

We believe in listening. To create meaningful impact, we believe in hearing people on a deeper level, casting societal norms, stereotypes and prejudice aside. We seek understanding that’s not  limited to our own, narrow point of view. What then? We believe that witnessing suffering is followed by a responsibility to take action.

ADVENTURE.

We believe in adventure as a means for authentic change to not just our lives, but in each person and place we connect with. Personal growth is great; community growth is better.

HOPE.

We believe in our mission wholeheartedly, even enough to sign our name at the bottom of everything we do. From the big to the small, every action of compassion, every adventure, can make a change.

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