Leading academic Professor Dame Joan K Stringer DBE FRSE is the new independent chairperson of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, set up last year by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to tackle alcohol-related harm.

The UK market for Scotch whisky declined by 3% last year.

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced Gavin Hewitt will step down as CEO at the end of this year; his replacement will be David Frost, British diplomat and the UK government's director for European Trade and International Affairs.  

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