The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has nominated Tim How, the former chief executive of Majestic Wine, as its new chairman. The new chairman would replace Christopher Carson, who has held the role since April 2006 and has been appointed as chief executive of GIV UK. How stepped down from Majestic after heading the company for the last 19 years. His nomination to chair the WSTA will be put forward at the body’s AGM in April 2009. How said: “It is an honour to be asked to be chairman of the WSTA and I hope my many years of experience in the business will benefit colleagues as we work to promote the industry. “I'd like to pay tribute to Christopher for leading the WSTA over the last few years and broadening industry support for the trade body during a period of growing public and government interest in the drinks industry. The announcement came as the WSTA has published an action plan to help communities tackle underage drinking. The report recommended a better use of existing powers, as well as a partnership approach between retailers, police, local authorities, schools and the local press. The report titled A New Way of Tackling Public Underage Drinking: Community Alcohol Partnerships has been submitted to the government. Jeremy Beadles, WSTA chief executive, said: “This guide shows how a community approach can have a real impact in combatting underage drinking. “I urge Government and local enforcement agencies to support a scheme that delivers real results.”