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Meet the WSTA team...


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 Affairs Director

Simon joined the WSTA in September 2013 having previously worked for the UK Civil Service, including 10 years on secondment to the FCO at the UK’s  Representation to the EU in Brussels where he was responsible for negotiating, amongst others, food safety issues.  With responsibility for European Affairs, he is involved with a number of WSTA Committees including the English Wine Committee, Wine Importers Panel and Distance Selling Panel.  Simon also represents the WSTA at meetings of the industry in Europe 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



Harriet Talbot

Harriet Talbot

Communication Manager

Harriet is responsible for supporting the Director of Communication in media relations as well as both internal and external communication. She joined WSTA from Brussels having worked in the European Parliament for a British MEP. Her current role sees her engaging with WSTA members, trade media and supporting the delivery of the WSTA Strategic Plan.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893874


Carlo Gibbs

Carlo Gibbs

Director of UK Policy & Social Responsibilty

Carlo is responsible for managing the WSTA’s UK policy and public affairs program. Additionally, he leads on the WSTA’s social responsibility work through initiatives such as the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group and Challenge 25 and works with industry partners on local initiatives to tackle alcohol harm. He also supports retailer members, particularly around licensing obligations.

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


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

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

Rebekah is responsible for WSTA Parliamentary Affairs, with previous experience working in Westminster and on drinks industry campaigns. Her 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. She also runs the WSTA Public Affairs Network.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 02070893881





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