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WSTA adds five new members to board

Lizzy Rudd has joined the WSTA board

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association significantly boosted its board last month with five new appointments that includes the wine bosses of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Berry Bros & Rudd.

The additions, which take the total number on the board to 16, come as the trade association gears up for “whatever new trading landscape is awaiting the trade” post-Brexit, to ensure that “all perspectives are heard when tackling the issues facing the wine and spirit trade going into 2020”, it said.

The new board members are Elizabeth Newman and Jason Godley, the directors for Beers, Wines & Spirits at Sainsbury’s and Tesco respectively, Lizzy Rudd, executive chairman at fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd, Bertrand Steip, managing director at Champagne house Moët Hennessy UK and Adrian Curry, managing director at glass manufacturer Encirc.

WSTA chairman and CEO of Bibendum PLB, Michael Saunders, who took up the chairmanship in June this year, said the addition of the new board members’ “collective wealth of experience” would ensure the WSTA could hear and consider views from all types of businesses and from all corners the wine and spirit industry.

“As a board we are increasingly well equipped and motivated to deliver the WSTA’s aims for our industry, including more active engagement in setting the WSTA’s agenda and delivering its recently refreshed aims in what promises to be another challenging year in 2020,” he said.

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