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21/04/2017

Jean celebrates 50 years at Gordon & MacPhail

Jean McIntosh is celebrating 50 years of working in Gordon & MacPhail, and will remain a fixture on the bottling line for years to come, she said, with no plans to retire.

Jean was presented with a flowers and a gift in the Bond by Neil Urquhart, Director - HR & Compliance at Gordon & MacPhail, to reward her for her years of service, 50 years to the day after she started.

More than 12 million bottles of whisky will have passed through Jean’s hands in the 50 years she has worked with the family business. In that time she has worked with 11 bond managers and has always congratulated the Urquhart family each time a new baby arrived into the fourth or fifth generation.

Her time with Gordon & MacPhail has included some royal engagements. In 2009, Jean travelled to Buckingham Palace with Michael Urquhart, then managing director, to meet the Queen and receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on behalf of the company.

Jean also met Princess Anne in 2013, when she visited Gordon & MacPhail in Elgin to present the company with its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Jean started work at Gordon & MacPhail on Wednesday 26 October 1966. She was 19 and still lived in the house where she was born, Newton Cottages, between Elgin and Burghead.

She moved to Elgin in 1974 and has walked to work almost every day since.

(From left to right - Michael Urquhart, Ewen MacIntosh, Neil Urquhart, Richard Urquhart, Stephen Rankin & Ian Urquhart. Centre - Jean McIntosh)

Jean said: “When I started here back in 1966 I said to myself, I’ll give it two weeks and see how it goes.

“I’ve done it all: picking customer orders, hand filling and hand labelling bottles, quality control, strength and measure checks and building bottle cases.

“I’ve worked with three generations of the Urquhart family and everyone on the board during my 50 years, and I really am proud to be part of the Gordon & MacPhail story. I love my job and have no plans to retire.”

Ewen Mackintosh, chief operating officer at Gordon & MacPhail, said: “Jean’s illustrious career with Gordon & MacPhail began in 1966, when a bottle of good whisky could be bought for around £2.

“The whisky trade has changed over the years, but Jean has remained constant at Gordon & MacPhail.

“For five decades she has been inspiring the directors and all employees with her infectious laugh, sense of humour and her dedication to her job.

“Her commitment to the company, her lovely personality and her warm nature make her an excellent colleague and a friend.”

Jean received her flowers and gift at special presentation in Gordon & MacPhail’s Generations room, when directors and members of the third and fourth generation of the Urquhart family gathered to congratulate and thank her for 50 years of service.

A special party was held in her honour in Gordon & MacPhail’s loft, its social area for staff, with a slide show and speeches from colleagues.