The UK's Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced the election of its new board and new chairman, Barry Sutton.

The new board's prime objective is to implement a programme set out by a working group that earlier this year looked into the association's structure, operations and governance.

"The new lean organisation that starts operating today will ensure rapid and effective responses to the trade's needs for early warnings, support, information and consultation," Sutton said. "We look forward to a new stage in the WSTA's development that will result in a more efficient representation of and response to our members' needs."

Other board members include: Christopher Carson (Constellation), Allan Cheesman (consultant), Rick Connor (Pernod Ricard/Chivas Brothers), David Cox (Brown-Forman wines), Tim How (Majestic), Nick Hyde (Diageo), Dan Jago (Bibendum), Patrick McGrath (Hatch Mansfield), Adrian McKeon (Allied Domecq Wines), Bill Page (Mentzendorff), Michael Paul (Western Wines), Bob Rishworth (Halewood International), Chris Searle (Bacardi-Martini), Johnny Wheeler (Lay & Wheeler), and Tom Yusef (FFG Hillebrand).