Whisky group unveils high level recuits

Graeme LittlejohnFormer Treasury minister Danny Alexander’s right hand man has been appointed head of external affairs for the Scotch Whisky Association in London. Graeme Littlejohn, a graduate of St Andrews university, will develop SWA relationships across Whitehall and Westminster.

The SWA has also appointed a serving British Ambassador, Sarah Dickson, as director of global affairs, responsible for the trade body’s international and European Union business.

Ms Dickson is leaving her post as Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras in the summer to head up the SWA’s new London office near Westminster which opens in July.

She joins to help build and extend the SWA’s international influence and contacts, eliminate barriers to the export of Scotch and position the organisation as one with broad international credibility on the importance of free trade and open markets.

MsDickson, who has an MBA and whose first degree was from Cambridge University, has held a number of roles with the UK Diplomatic Service in the UK and overseas, including in Spain and in South America.

Helena Mumdzjana, a trade policy manager with the SWA, will move from Edinburgh to London and further trade and regulation specialists will be appointed to the team in due course.

Edinburgh will remain the SWA’s head office. The Association will move from Atholl Crescent to the Quartermile development over the summer.

Ms Dickson said: “I’m looking forward to joining the Scotch Whisky Association, an organisation recognised globally for its work in representing a highly successful Scottish and British industry. I will develop the Association’s sterling work in trade policy and build its presence in London with the help of a strong team.”

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that Sarah and Graeme are joining the Association. They bring a wealth of experience and will be real assets as we grow our presence in London and overseas.”

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