WSTA’s Gibbs goes to work for Government

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced that one of the longest serving members of staff, Carlo Gibbs, director of UK Policy and Social Responsibility, is leaving to take up a new role in the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He will take up a new post as a senior policy advisor in the BEIS later this summer. 

His move to the Civil Service comes after seven years of helping guide WSTA members through nine Budgets - including two in 2015 and two 2017, five exchequer secretaries and two general elections.

Gibbs has overseen its relationship with the Home Office and licensing Policy including guiding members through the recent implementation of Minimum Pricing in Scotland. His work with retailer members in the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group included developing its guidance for the responsible retail of alcohol, overseeing the challenge 25 scheme and supporting the growth of Community Alcohol Partnerships.

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale said: “We are extremely sad to be losing Carlo from the WSTA team. His 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. We wish him well in his exciting new role in the BEIS team.” 

The WSTA is now recruiting for a new post: Head of Environment & Alcohol Policy. The job is live on the WSTA jobs board: