The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced it is taking on a new board member.

Michelle Brampton, managing director, Europe, at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), was given a seat on the board at the end of April.

Brampton has worked for TWE for 17 years across a variety of roles including chief executive officer for Europe and South-East Asia, and most recently she was commercial director for UK & Ireland.

WSTA chief executive, 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, said: “I am 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.”

Brampton said: “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.”