Kirsten Grant Meikle joins WSET board of trusteesBy Georgie Collins
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed Kirsten Grant Meikle to its board of trustees.
Grant Meikle will replace Allen Gibbons as the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ representative, who will be stepping down this month having served as a WSET trustee for four years.
WSET chief executive Michelle Brampton commented: “I would like to thank Allen for his important contribution over the last four years. I am very pleased to welcome Kirsten to the WSET Board of Trustees.
“Kirsten has valuable skills and experience to bring to the table, especially in helping us to enhance our understanding of the spirits industry, grow the reach of our spirits qualifications and help us to shape our organisation for the future.”
Grant Meikle, who holds a WSET Level 4 diploma in wines and spirits, has spent more than 20 years in the wine and spirits industry.
After seven years at Matthew Clark, where she began in sales and progressed to wine range controller, she joined William Grant & Sons UK as head of on-premise strategy, later becoming director of prestige.
Grant Meikle then moved to the company’s US operation as commercial strategy director and subsequently became the regional manager for the state of Illinois.
She now works in the UK in William Grant & Sons’ procurement team.
Grant Meikle said: “I am delighted to be joining the WSET Board of Trustees. The formal qualifications WSET offers provide a pathway for talent in the wine and spirits industry to develop and become the next generation of experts.
“I am an alumna myself, and know first-hand how the resources provided are invaluable to individuals and businesses alike.”
WSET’s board of trustees is chaired by Simon McMurtrie. The other members are Miles Beale, Lulie Halstead, Dan Jago, Jo Locke MW, Jo Thornton and Sukhinder Singh.