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Miles Beale

Miles Beale

Chief Executive

Miles has overall responsibility for the activities and management of the WSTA, including advice, member services, public affairs, and media relations. His role includes building and leading, in conjunction with the Executive Board, the development of the WSTA’s strategy and priorities on behalf of WSTA members.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893878


Simon Stannard

Simon Stannard

European & International Affairs Director

An experienced EU negotiator, Simon joined the WSTA in September 2013.  With responsibility for European and  International Affairs he leads the WSTA’s work responding to Brexit.  He is involved with a number of WSTA Committees and Working Groups including the Exiting the EU Working Group, English Wine Committee, Wine Importers Panel and Distance Selling Panel.  Simon also represents the WSTA at meetings of the industry in Europe and internationally, and is Chairman of the European Federation of Wine and Spirit Importers and Distributors.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0207 089 3855


David Richardson

David Richardson

Regulatory & Commercial Affairs Director

David joined the WSTA in March 2014, after a career prosecuting a wide range of cases for HM Customs and Excise, advising on law enforcement policy and working in other regulatory areas. He leads the WSTA’s work on responding to fraud, liaising with law enforcement agencies and brand protection teams.  He sits on the Joint Alcohol and Tobacco Consultative Group and the Joint Customs Consultative Committee. He advises on compliance, particularly the implementation of the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme and HMRC's change programme. David supports the Logistics Group.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3852


Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner

Head of Technical Policy

As Head of Technical Policy to the WSTA, Jennifer works on both Wine and Spirits issues. Her role includes providing secretariat support to the Joint Technical Committee. Jennifer’s background is as an Analytical Biochemist (she has a PhD looking at the health benefits of red wine), and she worked for a number of years at the Food Standards Agency in both their Food Standards and Nutrition teams.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3877


Lucy Panton

Lucy Panton

Director of Communication

Lucy joined the WSTA in July 2015 and brings with her over 18 years’ experience working as a journalist in the local and national media. She leads on all WSTA communications and her role includes media relations, corporate communications, and campaigning.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893875


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


Ciaran Myles

Ciaran Myles

Research & Insights Manager

Ciaran joined WSTA in October 2015. He is responsible for conducting market and consumer research, and providing insights and analysis of trends across all policy areas. He oversees the production of WSTA’s annual and quarterly reports as well as commissioning bespoke projects. He is responsible for the management of the Research & Insights Group.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3880


Freddie Hodgson

Freddie Hodgson

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

Freddie is responsible for WSTA Parliamentary Affairs and devolved assemblies. His current role includes managing engagement with UK parliamentarians and raising awareness of the industry, acting as secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Wine & Spirits Group, monitoring parliamentary activity, and keeping WSTA members informed and involved.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 2862


Rob Ivory

Rob Ivory

Head of External Trade

Rob is responsible for managing our work on international trade and responsibility policy, for running our International Trade Working Group and for our interactions with institutions such as the WTO and WHO, and related work through UK Government departments such as DIT, Defra and the Department of Health. He leads WSTA interactions at European level on SpiritsEUROPE’s ‘External Trade’ and ‘Alcohol and Society’ committees. Rob provides the secretariat to the WSTA Spirits Committee and runs our Export Promotion Working Group.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893819


Rebekah Kendrick

Rebekah Kendrick

Brexit Policy and Programme Manager

Rebekah joined the WSTA in 2015 and is responsible for WSTA Brexit activity, with previous experience working in Westminster and on drinks industry campaigns. Previously Parliamentary Affairs Manager at the WSTA, her current role is focussed around Brexit policy and engaging with Government and Parliament to help secure the best possible deal for the wine and spirits industry when the UK leaves the European Union. Rebekah also manages the Association’s English wine activity, including the WSTA English Wine Group.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893881


Tom Pratt

Tom Pratt

Communication Manager

Tom joined the WSTA from the British Beer & Pub Association where he was Campaigns & Communications Officer. Prior to this Tom spent time with Drinkaware in their Business Development team, and at McMullen’s Brewery in Hertfordshire. Tom works closely with the Director of Communication, across both internal and external communications; liaising with WSTA members, the WSTA team and Board, and as first point of contact for media enquiries.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3874


Gemma Keyes

Gemma Keyes

Head of Corporate Services

Gemma is responsible for the management and delivery of all HR and financial functions, including personnel management, strategic operations, and risk management. Gemma is also Company Secretary and coordinates the WSTA Audit Committee and Executive Board.

Email: [email protected]a.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7089 3883


Jessica Norman

Jessica Norman

Operations & Events Manager

Jessica is responsible for all internal and external WSTA events and the day-to-day operations of the WSTA. Her role includes liaising and coordinating suppliers, inhouse design, inventory, and IT.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3884


Samantha Creer

Samantha Creer

PA & Team Assistant

Samantha provides PA support to the Chief Executive and is responsible for office management. Her role also includes managing the WSTA website and Trade Diary, and she is responsible for updating the WSTA database. She provides support to the team and assists with WSTA events. 

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7089 3872


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WSTA unites with trade bodies on both sides of the channel to draw up a Brexit Position Paper. https://t.co/j5xltxyrTu


British consumers already pay a staggering amount of wine & spirit duty. WSTA calls on @PhilipHammondUK for a freeze https://t.co/YOjvX1JXNW


RT @spiritsbusiness: Drinks warns that ‘punitive’ tax hike could cost wine and spirits producers £220 million https://t.co/Ia6FtgUrwQ @wsta…

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