Ex-News of the World journalist Lucy Panton to head comms at wine trade body

Lucy Panton, the former crime editor of the News of the World who was cleared of making payments to public officials as part of Operation Elveden, has joined the Wine and Spirit Trade Association as head of comms.

Panton: Cannot wait to "get stuck in"
Panton: Cannot wait to "get stuck in"

Panton worked as a crime reporter for the National News Agency between 1998 and 2000, and then with the Sunday People before joining the News of the World in 2002, becoming its crime editor and working there until the paper closed in 2011.

In November 2014, Panton was found guilty of making payments, but this conviction was overturned in the Court of Appeal earlier this year, leading to other Elveden cases against journalists collapsing. She described the prosecution as having been a "hellish four-year ordeal".

Panton took up her new role at the WSTA at the start of this week. She is handling media relations, corporate comms, campaigns and membership comms, and working closely with the association’s public affairs team.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, said: "As the WSTA looks to continue to put the case to government for a fairer tax regime and support the industry to grow and create jobs, I know that Lucy’s experience will be vital in helping us to do that."

Panton said the past four years had "made me a more resilient and determined person", going on to say: "Having been cleared by the Court of Appeal, I am looking forward to getting on with my life and re-establishing myself in the working world. I can’t wait to get stuck in."

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