New policy manager at the WSTA

New policy manager at the WSTA

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has confirmed a change of policy manager.

The UK trade body, which counts Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Tesco among its members, said yesterday (20 January) that Laura Davies will replace Stephen Hogg in the role.

Davies joins the WSTA from the Conservative party, having been special adviser to Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling. She was previously policy adviser at the Federation of Small Businesses and before that a policy adviser and analyst at the Home Office.

Hogg is returning to the civil service, having been on secondment from the Home Office since 2006.

Chief executive Jeremy Beadles thanked Hogg for his time with the WSTA, noting how he had helped “establish Community Alcohol Partnerships as a model for tackling alcohol misuse and associated anti-social behaviour at local level”.

“We wish him well in his future work at the Home Office,” Beadles added.