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Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Association has announced the names of the seven industry figures who will sit on its new working group to look into the future of the WSA's purpose, structure and governance (see Harpers 19 November, page 5). Put together by Joanna Delaforce, chairman of the WSA, and led by Dr Barry Sutton, the members are: Allan Cheesman, consultant and former director of BWS at J Sainsbury's; Bill Page, chairman and former managing director of Mentzendorff; Christopher Carson, chief executive of Constellation Europe; Chris Searle, Bacardi-Martini's executive director of external affairs and investments; Nick Hyde, managing director of Diageo Wines Europe; Tim How, chief executive of Majestic Wine; and Tony Grayson, managing director of Leeds-based wine company JE Mather. Dr Sutton commented: Joanna has brought together a very high-level group with many years of experience from across the trade. We've been given a clear mandate to assess the present and future needs of the association's members and to ensure that the WSA meets those needs. We're starting with a blank sheet of paper and will not shy away from the challenges we meet along the way.' The first meeting will be held on 29 November, and the committee is expected to report back next summer.