Thomas has been working in the drinks trade for more than 25 years, starting with United Distillers and working in international sales and general marketing positions for Diageo before joining Pernod in 2003.
Paul Newman, the Benevolent’s recently appointed chief executive, said: “I am delighted that Simon is our new chairman,” said Paul Newman. He has a great wealth of knowledge and expertise in the trade and brings new ideas to the charity.
“With Simon’s leadership we will strive to increase support from the trade and thereby make a positive difference to the lives of those from the trade who need our help most.”
Thomas said: “My priority as chairman is to work with Paul to broaden the appeal and understanding of the charity across the trade. These are difficult economic times, for the industry and for the charity – with the current austerity measures and ageing population more people will be looking for our help. We need everyone’s support across the trade to engage with the charity and raise more funds.”