Diane Farrell named in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 list for 2019

Diane Farrell, Senior Site Manager at the Talisker Distillery is recognised in Management Today’s annual 35 Women Under 35 list, which celebrates a handful of the UK’s most impressive women in business.


At just 29 years old Diane heads up one of the world’s most renowned Scotch Whisky distilleries – the Talisker Distillery, situated on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. In her role she oversees the working of both the distillery and the visitors centre, leading an all-female management team at this iconic site.

As the custodian of this incredible whisky, Diane’s role sees her responsible for protecting its quality and heritage. This means managing 24 hours a day, seven days a week production process as well as an extremely popular visitors centre, where we welcome 75,000-90,000 visitors each year.

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we interviewed Diane as part of our video series. Watch Diane talk about how her ambition and work ethic combined with her family’s support have enabled her to overcome her self-doubt and run our Talisker distillery.

“I think the biggest obstacle is self-doubt. But it’s about recognising those inner voices, stopping them and turning them on their head so you just see the positives.” 

Commenting on Diane’s inclusion in this year’s list, Pamela Scott, Global Operational Excellence Strategy and Standards Director, said:

“Diane is an inspiring young woman who leads one of Diageo’s flagship malt distilleries – Talisker on the Isle of Skye. She is a strong female role model and is currently mentoring other young women and inspiring the next generation to look at exciting opportunities within the whisky industry. She has an ambitious character and I am delighted that she has been recognised by Management Today in this year’s list.”

Now in its 18th year, Management Today's 35 Women Under 35 is one of the UK’s longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent. Diageo employees to also make the list include On Trade Sales Director for Diageo GB, Melissa Wisdom (2018) and Global Digital Director, Isabel Massey (2017).

See the full 35 Under 35 list here.

Diageo’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse working environment has been recognised by the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index in 2019. In 2018 Diageo was named by Thomson Reuters as the 4th most inclusive and diverse company in the world. 40% of Diageo’s Executive Committee and 44% of Diageo’s Board are women.