Scotch Whisky Association welcomes new Director of Industry
05 Jun 2018
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is
delighted to announce the appointment of Dagmar Droogsma as
Director of Industry.
Dagmar, who most recently has been head of DEFRA's unit
responsible for EU Strategy and Negotiations, 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 will use her vast experience to oversee the SWA's work on
operational issues, alcohol policy, taxation and the Industrial
Strategy. Dagmar will be based at the SWA London office.
The Scotch Whisky industry is the UK's largest food and drink
export, with exports valued at £4.37bn in 2017.
Dagmar Droogsma said: "I'm absolutely thrilled
to have joined the SWA. I'm excited about using my experience and
skills to drive the sustainable growth of the whisky sector through
and beyond Brexit.
Welcoming the appointment, SWA Chief Executive Karen
Betts said: "I'm delighted that Dagmar is joining the SWA
team. She 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."
Dagmar has more than 25 years' experience in the UK, for
professional bodies, such as the RICS, and UK government, and in
the Netherlands, as a lawyer and for Dutch government. She has
developed high-profile policies and legislation and negotiated
complex agendas nationally as well as in the EU and UN. In her last
role for the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs she was responsible for pulling together DEFRA's position
for the EU exit negotiations as well as negotiating this as a
member of the UK's negotiation team.