The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications, has announced that Sarah Andrew DipWSET (Honours) is joining its APAC team.
Andrew will become Business Development Manager, focusing exclusively on Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew has 15 years’ extensive experience in the wine and hospitality industries in both Australia and New Zealand and has been Sommeliers Australia Co-President since 2017.
She’s had a close connection with WSET for the last six years, completing her Level 4 Diploma in Wine and Spirits (Honours) and becoming a Certified Educator in 2013.
Andrew has also been actively involved in WSET’s annual Educator Training Programme (ETP) in Australia since 2015 and its International Alumni Advisory Board member for Oceania since 2017.
In her newly created role, based in Melbourne, Andrew will be responsible for supporting and developing its existing Approved Programme Providers (APPs) and developing new business across Australia and New Zealand, identifying companies and geographical regions with a demand for new APPs. Part of her new role will also be to help increase the availability of WSET’s Educator Training Programmes (ETPs) in both Australia and New Zealand.
Jude Mullins, Managing Director, WSET Asia Pacific, said: “With over 40 Approved Programme Providers and nearly 5000 candidates in 2018/19, Australia and New Zealand are important growth markets for WSET. Australia is our seventh largest market and our New Zealand business grew by 24% last year.
“One of our key development strategies is to take our business closer to our students and having Sarah in market will help us to continue to grow accessible, best-in-class education and qualifications to inspire and empower wine, spirit and sake professionals and enthusiasts across Australia and New Zealand. With her impressive experience, she will build closer links between WSET, the Australian and New Zealand drinks industry and our future students.”