The Scotch Whisky Association is opening new offices in both London and Edinburgh

The Scotch Whisky Association is opening new offices in both London and Edinburgh

A UK ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras is to head up the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) new London office.

Sarah Dickson, who has also worked for the UK diplomatic service in Spain and South America, will take up the new role when the office opens next month, the SWA said yesterday. She will be responsible for international and European Union business at the trade group.

Dickson's post was created in a restructuring last year that saw the departure of the SWA's director of international affairs, Campbell Evans, and director of European affairs, Nick Soper. Plans to open a London office were confirmed in December and the SWA is also due to move to a new headquarters in Edinburgh this year. The London office will focus on UK government affairs as well as international and EU business.

Other appointments yesterday included Graeme Littlejohn as a head of external affairs in London, while Helena Mumdzjana, a trade policy manager with the SWA, will move from Edinburgh to London.

Further trade and regulation specialists will be appointed "in due course", the SWA said.

The SWA is currently fighting efforts by the Scottish Government to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, with the case having been referred to Europe's highest court.