Happy ending for Lucy Panton as she lands drinks industry PR role

Former News of the World reporter Lucy Panton has been named as the new head of communications at the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

The news comes two-and-a-half months after the Court of Appeal quashed her conviction for conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

She was first arrested on 15 December 2011. Her long ordeal is detailed by Press Gazette here.

Panton was cleared with the help of an appeal publicised by Press Gazette which saw colleagues from the journalism industry pay her legal aid controbution.

Chief executive of the WSTA Miles Beale said: "I am delighted that Lucy is joining the WSTA and bringing with her over 18 years of experience of the press and communications. 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:  “This is an incredibly exciting new chapter for me and one I intend to grasp with both hands.

“I have a lot to learn about the industry, but I know the skills gained through my journalistic career will stand me in good stead to help the WSTA and its members go from strength to strength. After over 15 years working in Fleet Street it is great to be taking up a new challenge. The job with WSTA will keep me in touch with the media world and all its interesting characters, as well as give me the opportunity to learn about the fascinating wine and spirit industry.

“The last four years following the closure of the News of the World and my subsequent arrest and trial were tough, but the experience has made me a more resilient and determined person. 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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