WSTA Annual Conference 2013 – Keynote speaker announced

The WSTA has today revealed that Lord Black of Brentwood will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Conference on Wednesday 25 September. His speech will focus on how the newspaper industry has adapted to meet consumer demand in a new, technological age. In addition he will offer first-hand insight into the challenges of operating in an industry under imminent threat of new and significant regulation.

Lord Black is Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and a Conservative Life Peer. He was central to the campaign mounted by the newspaper industry to offer an alternative to regulation as suggested by Lord Leveson, putting forward a tougher self-regulatory approach as an alternative. He was also the Director of Communications at the Press Complaint’s Commission in the mid-1990s as it underwent considerable change.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion chaired by Simon Jack, the Today programme’s Business Editor. Joining him on the panel will be Barry Clark, Account Director of the Future Foundation, Rebecca Smart, Managing Director of Osprey Publishing and Jon White, Marketing Director at Kimberly Clark and Chair of the Executive Committee of ISBA (the voice of British Advertisers).

WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale said:

“I am thrilled that we have such a high calibre of speakers at this year’s WSTA conference. Our speakers are from a range of different industries and will offer a fresh perspective on the challenges facing our trade as well as ideas for meeting the needs of today’s consumer.”

Tickets for the conference are already selling well and the WSTA is urging people to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked online at:

Norbert Dentressangle will be sponsoring the conference which is being held on Wednesday 25 September at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN. The conference starts with coffee from 8.45am, concluding at 12.45pm with a drinks reception, followed by lunch.




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.


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