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WSTA's comms chief Partington to move on

Published:  10 July, 2012

The WSTA's communications chief Gavin Partington is moving to the British Soft Drinks Association as director general.

Partington, who had been acting up as chief executive at the WSTA until the recent appointment of Miles Beale, who joined in June from DEFRA where he was deputy director for EU and international agriculture policy.

Partington will join BSDA in the autumn.

BSDA president David Saint said: "I am very pleased to welcome Gavin to BSDA.  His experience of the media and dealing with public policy issues will be invaluable to us and I look forward to working with him over the next few years."

Partington added: "I am delighted to be joining the BSDA team and I look forward to supporting its members and the soft drinks industry. The association has an enviable reputation and I hope to build on its success in ensuring the industry's voice is heard."

Previously Partington was director of communications at the Lawn Tennis Association and telecoms company Energis.  Prior to that, he was a consultant with Brunswick Group. Before a career in corporate communications, Gavin was political editor of GMTV.