Nigel Fitch – IBD Board Trustee and Honorary Treasurer

Nigel has been on the Board of Trustees since its formation in 2014 bringing a wealth of financial and drinks production and packaging expertise. He became Honorary Treasurer in 2016 and retires from that Board in September 2022.

His main responsibility on the Board is to help his fellow Trustees carry out their financial responsibilities.

Nigel started his career at Guinness (later Diageo) in London after finishing his university studies in 1970 and spent the next 40+ years in all aspects of Beer, Vodka and RTD production and packaging.

After 10 years in Guinness, Park Royal’s Stout Production, Nigel moved into Franchise and Licensed Technical Operations for both existing and new partners. Initially in the UK, the scope of the work became increasingly International, especially in Europe, but also in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. 

Latterly, this work included auditing a site’s entire supply chain, including Quality, Health and Safety and Compliance to Diageo Governance.  Nigel was involved in the Guinness and its variants, Harp, Kronenbourg, Kaliber, Pilsner Urquell, Kilkenny, Smirnoff, Ciroc Vodka and Smirnoff Ice brands.

Nigel joined the IBBS (Incorporated Brewers’ Benevolent Society) Committee in 1992 and sat on the Council of the International Brewers’ Guild until its amalgamation with the Institute of Brewing in 2001.  Nigel was elected Chairman of the IBBS in 2007, and also joined the Council (Trustee/Director) of the IBD that year as the IBBS representative.

Born in Bristol, England, Nigel moved to London at an early age. He holds a BSc Hons in Engineering with Economics from Sussex University. He was elected an IBD Fellow in 2012.

His hobbies include collecting books (especially those connected with Brewing and Naval History - WW1), bookbinding and his vinyl collection. Theatre and concerts (Rock, Jazz and Classical) play a large part in his social activities.