Stuart Cassells

General Manager, The Macallan Estate

Plenary session: Closing Address

Best known as creator of the world’s most famous bagpipe band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Stuart Cassells has had a remarkable career which has involved overcoming adversity on several occasions. He is passionate about growing Scottish brands globally and promoting The Best in Scotland. 

Winner of BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and the first graduate in a degree in bagpipes from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2005, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers achieved platinum album sales and performed at the world’s biggest events after winning a BBC prime time TV talent show.  

Stuart’s musical career was dramatically cut short when he developed the condition Focal Hand Dystonia which forced him to find a new direction, Stuart is now focused on creating world-class luxury experiences through Scotch whisky and has led transformational success at The Glenturret and The Macallan. 

The last 12 months has been his most challenging after suffering a serious stroke which severely impacted his speech, memory and cognition and required open heart surgery and a year of rebuilding to achieve a full recovery. 

Stuart is now focused on inspiring others to THINK BIGGER in order to lead a happier and more impactful life. 

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