Nick Hyde replaces James Simpson MW on WSET Board

Nick Hyde has taken over from James Simpson MW as chairman of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Board of Trustees. Simon McMurtie has also joined the Board.

Simpson has stepped down following a six-year tenure as a WSET Trustee, including two years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Hyde, who is also Chairman of Vranken Pommery UK, will now lead the eight wine and spirits industry leaders on the Board of Trustees, who will work together to support the WSET as it continues with its international expansion plans.

Simpson said: “It has been a privilege to serve as a Trustee for WSET for the past six years. As Chairman I was particularly proud to work with the WSET team to steer international growth and secure the Trust’s future with the purchase of new additional premises in London at Baden Place. WSET continues to go from strength to strength and I have no doubt it will see further success under the new Board.”

Hyde said: “I have been part of a Board that has worked closely with chief executive Ian Harris in developing a transformational plan for the future growth of WSET that will reinforce its global leadership. Now, as chairman, my role and that of the Board will be to ensure that the conditions are in place for the successful transition to this exciting new chapter. It will certainly be a challenge made easier by the extraordinary energy and commitment of the WSET team.”

Stepping down from his position as chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd’s Family Board, Simon McMurtie has now joined the WSET’s Board of Trustees, representing the Vintner’s Company.

The two will work closely with WSET’s senior management team, as well as other the other WSET Trustees, Troy Christensen, Rick Connor, Jonathan Driver, Susan McCraith MW, Simon Thorpe MW and Michael Turner.

WSET chief executive, Ian Harris, said: “It is an honour to have such industry talent and experience on the Board. I look forward to working with Nick, Simon and the wider Board as we continue to lay the path for the future of WSET.”

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