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Date:     Tuesday 12 September 2017

Venue:  The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4BS

Keynote Speakers:

Both keynote speakers will be interviewed onstage by Alex Forrest, former ITN Political Correspondent.

Lord Price CVO, Author, Businessman & former Minister of State for Trade

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Lord Mark Price is a British businessman who joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982. He spent 17 years on the board of Waitrose, becoming Managing Director in 2007 and held this post until 2016. He was also Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership from 2013. Mark was appointed Chairman of Business in the community in 2011 and Chairman of the Prince’s Countryside Fund in 2010. He was also Deputy Chairman for Channel 4 Television.

In 2016, Mark was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment and a life peer. He has published two food books, 'The Great british Picnic Guide' and 'The Food Lovers Guide', and in 2016 he published his first book for children, 'The Foolish King: The Secret History of Chess'. 'Fairness for All' is his first business title to be published by Stour Publishing and will be followed by 'Workplace Fables' in October 2017. Lord Price will be speaking in a personal capacity at the WSTA Annual Conference this year, as our Political Keynote speaker, and will discuss his new book 'Fairness for All'.


Tim Martin, Chariman, JD Wetherspoon

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Founder and Chairman of JD Wetherspoon, Tim has grown the business from a single pub to the UK’s largest pub chain, now with over 900 outlets and over 38,000 employees. Tim previously studied law at Nottingham University and qualified as a barrister. He became chairman in 1983. A consistent and outspoken advocate of Brexit, he favours ‘no deal’ and WTO rules over ‘any deal will do’, and has voiced concerns that Theresa May’s migration cuts will be too restrictive and have a negative impact on the hospitality industry.



Tim Martin will be joined on stage by...

Miriam González Durántez, Partner, Dechert LLP

MGDPhotoMiriam González is a partner of international law firm Dechert LLP where she is co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice, focusing on international and EU trade law and policy.

Prior to joining Dechert, Miriam led the trade practice of another major
international law firm. She previously served seven years as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and BenitaFerrero-Waldner, where she had responsibility for EU relations and trade with the Middle East, the U.S. and Latin America, as well as a FCO adviser during the UK Presidency of the European Union. After studying law at the University of Valladolid, Miriam was awarded a postgraduate scholarship, which allowed her to carry on her studies at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium. She was also a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s in Oxford.

Miriam is a Non-Executive Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of UBS Limited. She is also the Honorary President of Canning House and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Instituto de
Empresa in Spain. Miriam is also the Founder and Chair of “Inspiring Girls”, a charity dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around world by connecting girls and female role models


Sir Simon Fraser

SimonFraser webSir Simon Fraser was for five years, from 2010 to 2015, the Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. He has also led the UK Department for Business. Prior to that he served as Chief of Staff to the European Trade Commissioner in Brussels, and as Director General for European policy at the Foreign Office. Within Flint Simon leads on advice to clients on Brexit and international policy issues. He is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.




Alex Forrest, Freelance Journalist, Broadcaster and former Political Correspondent for ITV News

AF webAlex Forrest is a broadcast journalist who has primarily worked for ITV as both a presenter and reporter, including as political correspondent here in Westminster. Since moving first to Copenhagen and now Berlin, she has been reporting for both BBC World and Al Jazeera English as well as writing for various publications, including Huffington Post and the Spectator.

Her numerous corporate roles include producing and presenting videos for Maersk and Saxo Bank as well as media training c-suite clients and strategic communications. Over the summer, Alex has been a live studio guest for the German broadcasting network, DW (Deutsche Welle), which is rather like the BBC. Alex’s subject - analysing the state of British politics. (Please note, it’s in English whilst Alex is working on her German!) Alex will be doing more TV work for the network come the Autumn.


WSTA Chairman & CEO:

Dan Jago, WSTA Chairman

DanJago2016 webDan has been involved in the drinks business for most of his working life. After a gap year spent delivering wine on a bicycle and 9 years in the Royal Navy as a Navigator, in 1988 he joined Layton’s, an old school London City wine merchant. In 1990, he joined Bibendum Wine Limited setting up their off trade agency division. He was appointed to the board in 2000, and became joint Managing Director in 2001.

In April 2006, Dan joined Tesco, a company he had supplied for more than 10 years, as Category Director for Beers, Wines and Spirits (BWS). Tesco is the world’s largest buyer of wine and operates over 6,500 stores in 13 countries around the world. In late 2012, Dan was appointed UK and Group Wine Director with responsibility for Tesco’s overall wine sourcing and range development for all the business’ across the UK, Western and Central Europe and Asia. 

In October 2015, Dan was appointed Chief Executive of Berry Bros. & Rudd.


Miles Beale, WSTA Chief Executive

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Miles has overall responsibility for the Wine and Spirit Trade Association including organisational strategy, public affairs, member services and public relations. Miles joined from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where he was Deputy Director for EU and international agriculture policy. He was previously deputy director for European and global issues at the Cabinet Office and spent much of his early career at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Miles has worked across a broad range of public policy, including urban regeneration, drugs policy and social exclusion, and has been involved in significant negotiations at national and European level. He has also worked closely with senior Ministers in successive governments – including as private secretary to two Cabinet Ministers.

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