Scotch Whisky Association makes senior level appointments
29 Jun 2015
Trade body is building its London presence
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has named a serving British
Ambassador, Sarah Dickson, as its new director of global affairs,
responsible for the trade body's international and European Union
Dickson is leaving her post as HM Ambassador to Guatemala and
Honduras in the summer to head up the SWA's new London office near
Westminster after it opens in July.
She joins the whisky trade body 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
Dickson, 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.
The SWA has also appointed a head of external affairs in London,
Graeme Littlejohn. He was previously head of office for Danny
Alexander when he was an MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Littlejohn will develop SWA relationships across Whitehall and
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 city's modern Quartermile
development over the summer.
Sarah 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
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."
For more information please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head
of communications, 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email
Sarah Dickson's biography:
Since July 2012, Sarah Dickson (42) has been British Ambassador to
Guatemala and Honduras, jointly accredited to both countries. She
has been responsible for the full range of British Government work
in those countries: government to government relations, prosperity
and trade, security and the protection of British citizens, and
Sarah is a specialist in European and Latin American affairs.
She joined the FCO in 1995. Before her current role she had
postings in Madrid, where she was chief of staff and head of
communications, in Buenos Aires, and in Belgrade. In London she
worked twice in the EU Directorate, and has also worked in the
FCO's Press Office and Security Policy Department.
She has a BA (Hons) in Law and Classics from Cambridge
University and gained an MBA from the Open University in 2011. She
speaks Spanish fluently. She is married with two children.
Sarah is now returning to the UK to take up the position of
director of global affairs with the Scotch Whisky Association in
From next month, the SWA's London address is:
Scotch Whisky Association, 10 Greycoat Place, Westminster, City of
Westminster, London, SW1P 1SB