David Frost

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David Frost (born 21 February 1965) is a former British diplomat, currently a senior director on loan to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills until November 2013.

In September 2013 Frost was appointed CEO-designate of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). He will take up this role on 2nd January 2014. [1]

From career diplomat to alcohol lobbyist

Frost's early postings between 1987 and 2001 with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office included stints in New York (UN Mission), Brussels (EU Representation) and Nicosia, as well as desk jobs in the FCO.

Following this he was Counsellor in the British Embassy Paris until 2003, when he became Head EU-Internal Department, then Director European Union for the FCO.[1] In 2006 he became the British Ambassador to Denmark for three years, returning to London in October 2008 when he was appointed FCO Director for Policy Planning, working closely with the UK Foreign Secretary.

In an alcohol industry trade magazine Frost said of his new appointment:

My career to date working in economic, trade, and EU affairs in the UK and overseas has given me a wealth of experience of global commercial issues which will stand me in good stead in my new role in the Scotch Whisky industry.
I am excited about taking up this new position at the helm of this highly-respected trade body which provides an invaluable service to the industry. I am also very much looking forward to living and working in Edinburgh. [2]

Frost taking over from Gavin Hewitt, who is stepping down after 10 years with the SWA.


Twitter: @DavidFrostBIS


  • Sir John Kerr (now Lord)
  • KPMG UK - worked as a tax adviser (1990-92)



  1. 1.0 1.1 David Frost CMG, LinkedIn profile, undated, accessed 4 October 2014.
  2. Andy Young, SWA announces new chief executive, The Drinks Business, 16 September 2013