The WSTA announces the nomination of Nick Hyde as its new Chairman

nhsmallNick is Managing Director of Diageo Wines Europe, a role that encompasses management of wine subsidiary Percy Fox & Co, which markets Blossom Hill and other leading wine brands, international fine wine merchant Justerini and Brooks, Bordeaux negociant Vignobles Internationaux and online retailer Quintessentially Wine.

His nomination will be put forward for approval at the WSTA's annual general meeting in April 2012.  He will succeed Tim How, who has been WSTA Chairman since April 2009.

As a member of the Diageo GB executive committee Nick Hyde has been involved in a wide range of issues affecting the drinks sector. He started his professional life with spells at Unilever and United Biscuits before joining International Distillers and Vintners, where he became managing director of London wine merchant Morgan Furze.

Nick has been a member of the WSTA board for over 10 years.

He said:  "I have always believed the trade achieves more when it works together so I'm delighted to be asked to chair the WSTA.  These are challenging times for many businesses, which is why it's vital we have a strong and confident voice speaking on behalf of the sector."

"I'd like to thank Tim How for his work on behalf of the WSTA over the past few years."

Tim How said:  "The WSTA is stronger than ever, with an expanding membership and a significant role in many areas of work affecting the sector.  After a career in the trade it has been a privilege to help the association fight our corner."


The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 340 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:
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