The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has welcomed a new Board member to its top table.
Michelle Brampton, Managing Director, Europe at Treasury Wine Estates, the world’s biggest listed wine company, took her seat at the Board table at the end of April.
Michelle took on the role last year after working for TWE for the last 17 years across a variety of roles. Those have included Chief Financial Officer for Europe and South-East Asia, and most recently she was Commercial Director UK & Ireland.
TWE are custodians of some of the world’s most iconic and award-winning wine brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Beringer.
Her expertise brings into the fold a key player in the global wine trade at a time when Brexit continues to bring so much uncertainty to the UK wine industry.
Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Miles Beale, said:
“The WSTA continues to fortify its Board team and I am delighted to welcome Michelle to the table.
“The UK wine industry currently faces a tough trading landscape brought on by Brexit uncertainties and punishingly high duty rates. Only by working together can we highlight the importance of the wine and spirit trade to the UK economy and bring about changes which will benefit both businesses and consumers.”
Dan Jago, Chairman of the WSTA, comments:
“I extremely pleased to welcome Michelle to the Board. Her wealth of experience will help strengthen the WSTA executive team. She comes with extensive knowledge of the global wine industry which will help steer the WSTA as they help members through these uncertain and testing times.”
Michelle Brampton, MD, Europe at Treasury Wine Estates:
“I am delighted to join the WSTA board at what is a crucial time for the industry. We are faced with challenges over Brexit but more particularly the government’s attitude to the industry over taxation. I am looking forward to working with the board to help frame our position and really effectively engage with these key stakeholders moving forward.”
Prior to working in the wine industry Michelle was a management consultant for Arthur Andersen and worked in various commercial finance roles for the likes of Sony and Muller Dairy.