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The director of the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) has decided to step down after ten years helming the event. 

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James Murray, who will leave LIWF organisers Brintex on 11 January, told just-drinks today (21 December) that he felt it was time for a “new challenge”. “Ten years is a long time to be working on one project and it was time for a change,” he said. 

Asked if his decision was determined by the state of the UK wine industry, Murray said: “There's no doubt that the UK industry is having a tough time and the exhibition is a barometer of that. But I just hope people understand that ten years is a long time.” 

On his future, he said: “I have a few irons in the fire, but nothing confirmed yet.” 

Murray will be replaced by Ross Carter, currently a buyer at West Sussex-based wine importer PLB. Carter was previously an event manager for the LIWF between 2007 and 2009.  

“Ross is a really good guy and has a lot of solid experience on both the events and buying side of things,” Murray said.  

Carter will join Brintex on 7 January, allowing for a brief handover period. 

Last month, LIWF organisers announced a new advisory board has been established to attract more UK visitors to the event

The 2013 LIWF takes place between 20-23 May. 


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