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Simon McMurtrie becomes chairman of the WSET

Former Laithwaite’s CEO Simon McMurtrie is taking over as chairman of the board of trustees at the WSET, replacing Nick Hyde who has held the position for the past three years.

Simon McMurtrie was previously Global CEO of Laithwaite’s Wine

McMurtrie joined the WSET’s board of trustees in December 2017 and is a member of the Vintners’ Company. He was previously Global CEO of Laithwaite’s Wine, and in May 2019 he launched the Académie du Vin Library with Steven Spurrier.

At the same time Simon Thorpe MW steps down and Dan Jago and Jo Locke MW join the board as new trustees.

Dan Jago has worked in sales at Layton’s, then Bibendum for 16 years, ending up as joint MD, then to Tesco as Group head of BWS, and most recently as the chief executive of Berry Bros & Rudd until 2019. He was chair of the WSTA from 2016 to 2019.

Jo Locke MW joined the London wine trade in 1984 and has bought, marketed and sold wine in the UK ever since, becoming a Master of Wine in 1990 and serving as chairman of the IMW between 2006 and 2008. Since 2004 she has been a wine buyer at The Wine Society.

Jo and Dan will be joining the other WSET Trustees – Troy Christensen, Rick Connor, Allen Gibbons, Susan McCraith MW and Michael Turner.

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