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WSTA’s Gibbs leaves to work for government

Published:  31 May, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced its director of UK policy and social responsibility, Carlo Gibbs, will be leaving later this summer.

Gibbs, one of the longest serving members of staff at the WSTA, is leaving to take up a new role in the government’s department for business energy and industrial strategy.

His departure follows seven years of helping guide WSTA members through nine Budgets - including two in 2015 and two 2017, five Exchequer Secretaries and two general elections.

The WSTA was “extremely sad” to be losing Gibbs, said chief executive Miles Beale.

“Carlo’s knowledge and experience of alcohol policy is extensive and his contribution to our Budget campaigns and CSR initiatives has been huge. However, I am always delighted when WSTA team members move on to important and worthwhile roles elsewhere; and Carlo has grabbed a great opportunity to broaden his horizons,” he said.

Gibbs said: “I have really enjoyed my seven years at the WSTA, working with all our members across a range of complex and testing policies like Minimum Unit Pricing, our duty campaigns and all of our social responsibility efforts.”

The WSTA is now recruiting for a new post - head of environment & alcohol policy.