The Team

Meet the Angels. Making up our essential team are:

Tom  

Tom Young MBE- Master Glassblower

Tom Young MBE has been glassblowing since he was a teenager. Tom worked throughout industrial and chemical glass laboratories until his creative side took over and he made designs in glass using a bench flame torch.  His commissions include glass pieces for high profile figures and companies all over the world. Tom made the glass element of the Johnnie Walker Golf trophy and almost every spirit bowl in every Scottish distillery. Now, 60 years on, and a Master Glassblower Tom was awarded an MBE for services to the glass industry in the Queens New years Honours List 2017, he still creates wonderful designs for Angels' Share Glass whilst fitting in a game of golf or two!

Favourite product: "The Water Spirit /Kelpie Whisky Water Dropper because the creativity used and challenge it set was one of my proudest Angels' Share products that we developed."

Karen Somerville - Co-Director

Karen Somerville - Managing Director

Karen drives this small business forward. Karen designs and innovates new ways to bring the specialist glassware to the customer. Karen was  awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and has been key in the business growth and international exports.

Karen is also a WES ambassador in Scotland and is Co-Founder of the Fife Whisky Festival.

Favourite product: "The Angel as it started the whole thing. It encapsulates the legend and it is quite possibly the most amazing thing to make from glass and whisky."

Helen Kerr

Helen Kerr - Admin & Customer Service

Helen is a friend of the family and started in an administration role with Angels’ Share Glass but has grown with the company and now handles customer service and dispatch too. Helen loves the happy working environment in the office and also has a good eye for quality control, whilst carefully packing all the orders.

Favourite product: "Angel Whisky Water Dropper" "because unlike the Angel this dropper has a practical use."

Gillian

Gillian McLaren - Glassblower

Gillian McLaren is the most recent member of staff taking on a training role in glassblowing and design. Gillian comes from a very creative background and graduated from Sunderland in Glass & Ceramics. Stained Glass and bead-making was how Gillian got back into glassmaking. Gillian has been with Angels' Share for over a year, training with Tom

Favourite product: "The Thistle Stirrer because this is the first thing I learned when I joined ASG and it was the most challenging."

Rachel Blackburn

Rachel Blackburn - PR

Rachel is a freelance PR specialist whose locality and familiarity with the family and company is ideal for her promotion of the firm, its staff and products via newspapers, magazines and relevant websites. 

Favourite product: "The whisky angel for its elegance in design and uniqueness closely followed by the lovely bottle neck candle holder because it's so unusual."

www.blackburncommunications.co.uk

Jen Kidd

 

Jen Kidd - Sales

Sales Assistant Jen Kidd who works a couple of mornings a week to help Karen increase trade sales.

She has three children, including a three-year-old, and works while her daughter is in playgroup.

She said: “I’ve known Karen and Helen since we were at school together and enjoy working with them.

It’s a small team of mostly women and there’s a family-friendly atmosphere. It’s also exciting to be part of a young company which is still growing.”

Nicola Young

Nicola Young - SEO & Web Sales

Internet Marketing Consultant Nicola Young runs her own marketing firm (SEOcials Ltd) as well as being a Whisky Ambassador at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

She started working for ASG in 2016 looking after the firm’s internet marketing as and when required. Nicola, who has two daughters and works from her Cumbernauld home, says: “The job works well for me in terms of fitting it around my home life and it’s great to be involved in whisky festivals and events.

 “I’ve a real passion for whisky so it’s fantastic to have a client who is involved in whisky industry and who is also very close to home.”

www.SEOcials.co.uk

Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson - Accounts Manager

Laura is a chartered accountant who works part time to keep up to date with the financials. She has three children and after a career break wanted to work with a local company where she could fit around home commitments and the school run.

I love being part of such a young innovative company which is so family orientated and has a fun friendly atmosphere.”

 

Everyone on the team is very much involved in the company and its decision-making processes and each person believes firmly in the vision first shared between Tom and Karen. The firm’s Directors and employees are full of passion for the industry and this is evident both in their customer service and marketing approach to customers.