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New director of industry

DEFRA EU head joins Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Dagmar Droogsma as director of industry.

Ms Droogsma has held several senior roles in the civil service, including at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

She was most recently head of DEFRA’s unit responsible for EU strategy and negotiations,

She will use her experience to oversee the SWA’s work on operational issues, alcohol policy, taxation and the Industrial Strategy. Ms Droogsma will be based at the SWA’s London office.

SWA chief executive Karen Betts said: “(Ms Droogsma) will bring a wealth of experience from her previous roles, both inside and outside government. She will strengthen the Association’s expertise at a busy time, as the industry works to ensure that Scotland’s national drink continues to thrive.”

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