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WSTA appoints new policy and campaigns manager


The WSTA has appointed Aileen Keyes as its new policy manager.


Aileen joins the trade body from the Electoral Commission, where she has been public affairs manager.  She was previously parliamentary officer for the Royal College of Nursing, following spells working for both the Scottish Executive and as a researcher for members of parliament.

Aileen replaces Amy Hefford who is taking on a public affairs role with a pharmaceutical company.

During her time at the WSTA Amy has led the association's policy work in Scotland, representing industry interests during the development of a major piece of legislation covering alcohol retail.  She has also worked on environmental and transportation issues, supporting the role of the WSTA Logistics Committee.

Aileen will work across a range of policy issues affecting WSTA members.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said: "I am delighted to welcome Aileen to the team.  She is an experienced public affairs manager with a track record of success and I am confident her campaigning skills will be a real asset to the WSTA.

"I'd like to thank Amy Hefford for her outstanding efforts on our behalf.  She has led our work in Scotland with skill and determination. I know she will be missed by member companies as well as the WSTA team but we wish her well in her new role."

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Notes to Editors:

The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry's interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:    +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:    +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email:  [email protected]

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