STLA’S for­mer sec­re­tary ap­pointed manag­ing di­rec­tor in re­struc­ture plan

The Scotsman - - Business - By HAN­NAH BURLEY

The Scot­tish Li­censed Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (SLTA) has an­nounced its new manag­ing di­rec­tor as part of its in­ter­nal re­struc­tur­ing pro­gramme.

Colin Wilkin­son, for­mer SLTA sec­re­tary, will be ap­pointed to the lead role, which com­bines the po­si­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of as­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary and for­mer SLTA chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Water­son, with whom Wilkin­son has worked closely for 18 years.

Wilkin­son joined the as­so­ci­a­tion in 1981 and has seen the in­dus­try “trans­form” over the last four decades.

He said: “This is an ex­cit­ing time for the SLTA as we move for­ward and sup­port our mem­bers in times of change both within the li­censed trade and in the po­lit­i­cal sphere.”

The SLTA also an­nounced new non-ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers, in­clud­ing chair­man Jim Gri­er­son, for­mer sales­di­rec­to­rof­maxxi­u­muk, and Kenny Ma­caskill, for­mer Scot­tish­gov­ern­ment­min­is­ter for jus­tice.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said it drew board mem­bers from var­i­ous in­dus­try sec­tors to bring a “broad-rang­ing set of skills and ex­per­tise” that will meet its long-term strat­egy.

Mean­while, the SLTA has also formed a new re­gional coun­cil, which is a com­bi­na­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s for­mer ex­ec­u­tive and man­age­ment com­mit­tees.

This coun­cil will be re­spon­si­ble for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the as­so­ci­a­tion’s wider mem­ber­ship and high­light­ing is­sues of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance to the board.

Wilkin­son said: “I look for­ward to work­ing with the board and re­gional coun­cil to en­sure that our voice is heard on all is­sues and de­bates af­fect­ing the li­censed trade and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.”

Formed in 1880, the SLTA rep­re­sents all sec­tors of the li­censed trade in­dus­try in Scot­land.

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