The advisory board of the London International Wine & Spirits Fair has added to its numbers.

Andrew Firth, the managing director of regional wholesaler Playford Ros, and Systembolaget purchasing manager Ann Burgaz-Schmidt will join with immediate effect, the board said yesterday (23 November).

The advisory board was set up by exhibition company Brintex in 2001 to advise on the development of the fair across the wine and spirits categories, from a domestic and international perspective.

Firth and Burgaz-Schmidt join a board which consists members including David Cox, managing director of Europe for Brown Forman Wines, Dee Blackstock, central wine buyer for Waitrose Supermarkets and Michael Sainsbury, global wine director at Maxxium Worldwide.

Next year's LIWSF will take place between 22 and 24 May.