Martin Cooke joined Edrington, one of Scotland's largest private companies, and makers of The Macallan and Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, and The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whiskies, at their headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland in 1988. His role and responsibilities have grown as the Group has expanded its footprint around the world, including the acquisition of a controlling interest in the eponymous Brugal rum company in 2008. He has been on the Board since 1997 and Chair of the Group Risk Management Committee since 2003.
Martin leads a dedicated team of lawyers in Scotland, New York and Santo Domingo, supporting the Board on Governance and Compliance, Intellectual Property, Shares, Pensions, Banking, Risk Management, Insurance, and Regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Edrington, Martin trained, and spent a couple of years as a corporate lawyer, with Lex Mundi member firm, Maclay, Murray & Spens. He received his law degree, with honors, and Diploma in Legal Practice, from Dundee University, winning the Law Society of Scotland prize for best student.
He has just completed two years as a non executive director of a sports management company and been active in the voluntary sector for many years, currently serving as a non executive director of Scottish Cycling. He has lectured at Stanford, is a founding member of GCScot, a specialist invitation only group for GCs of larger corporates in Scotland, and can make himself understood in (English) French and Spanish.