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Public Affairs Network


The Public Affairs Network brings together public affairs professionals from across member companies and sends out regular updates on the political and regulatory environment. It also acts as a forum for discussing and formulating policy positions.


Key issues:

The Public Affairs Network deals primarily with the impact of new policy announced by the UK Government. Currently, the Network is working on the industry response to the Government’s Alcohol Strategy and the work being done through the Public Health Responsibility Deal. The Network also works on issues emanating from the devolved administrations, particularly around licensing.

Panel Members:

Current Chairman: Carlo Gibbs, Wine and Spirit Trade Association

  • Accolade Wines
  • Asda Stores Ltd
  • Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc
  • Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Beverage Brands (UK) Ltd
  • Brown-Forman
  • Chivas Brothers
  • Co-operative Group Ltd
  • Diageo plc
  • Direct Wines Ltd
  • E & J Gallo Winery
  • Enotria Winecellars Ltd
  • Freixenet (DWS) Ltd
  • Halewood International Ltd
  • Hatch Mansfield Agencies Ltd
  • JF Hillebrand
  • Kingsland Wine & Spirits
  • London City Bond Ltd
  • Marks & Spencer plc
  • Moet Hennessy UK Ltd
  • Percy Fox & Co
  • Pernod Ricard UK Ltd
  • Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
  • Spar (UK) Ltd
  • Tesco Stores Ltd
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Waitrose Ltd
  • Wines from Spain
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Want to know more? Ask Carlo Gibbs
Carlo Gibbs

Carlo Gibbs - Director of UK Policy & Social Responsibilty

Carlo is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the WSTA’s domestic policy work. This includes UK policy development, Government relations, parliamentary engagement in the UK and devolved assemblies, and its wider public affairs program. His remit covers a number of key policy areas including licensing, duty and health. He also leads on the WSTA’s social responsibility work including managing Retail of Alcohol Standards Group and its initiative around responsible retailing, including Challenge 25 and other partnership initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol harm.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3871

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