WineGB has announced that David Parkinson will be stepping down from the role of chief executive due to health reasons.

Parkinson will remain on the WineGB Board as non-executive director, and he will also continue to be involved in long-term communications and marketing projects.

Peter Gladwin, WineGB’s Vice Chairman will step into the role of non-executive managing director and together with Simon Robinson, chairman, will manage the organisation in the short-term.

Robinson said: “We are delighted that David is remaining with us. His political and strategic experience and contribution has seen WineGB as an organisation move forward significantly in the last 12 months.”

Other directors on the Board include Frazer Thompson (Chapel Down), Tamara Roberts (Ridgeview), Mark Driver (Rathfinny Estate), Bruce Tindale (High Clandon Vineyard), Tim Ingram-Hill (Southcott Vineyard) and Guy Howard (Giffords Hall Vineyard) and Dominic Buckwell.