SWA boss in position

New SWA chief Colin Smith

THERE is a new face at the top of the Scottish Wholesale Association for 2019.

Colin Smith assumed full responsibility at the top of the trade body on 31 December, having been appointed chief executive (designate) last summer.

Prior to taking the top job at the SWA, Smith served as Scottish regional manager for Bestway’s symbol group Best-one, before launching his own business, Pinkie Farm Convenience Store, in Musselburgh.

Smith succeeds long serving SWA chief Kate Salmon, who worked closely with her successor during the transition period.

Salmon will step away from day-to-day duties at the SWA from February following 35 years service. She will continue to work with the organisation on a consultancy basis.

Smith said working alongside Salmon had helped him “get to grips” with the challenges facing members, adding that he plans to pursue a collaborative approach with members and suppliers, “when debating the key issues affecting the wholesale industry and the wider food, drink, retail and tourism sectors.”