The industry veteran, who was appointed by the body’s executive committee, will succeed Peter Lederer at the SLTA Chairman Lunch on 19 November.
With a career spanning nearly 35 years in the licensed trade, Campbell was cited by SLTA chief executive Paul Waterson as the prime candidate to enhance stakeholder relations and drive subscriptions to the trade body over the 12-month tenure.
'Expertise and enthusiasm'
“We were delighted when Donald accepted our recent invitation to become the SLTA’s 56th chairman and this will be a very popular choice,” he said.
“He is a man with immense experience in our industry, and is highly respected by all. I know Donald will bring his considerable expertise and enthusiasm to our Association and we thank his company, Inverarity Morton, for their support. I am sure this appointment will be highly beneficial for both parties.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Donald for the for the general good of our trade and the SLTA in particular,”
Increasing the membership
Campbell, who owns and manages the Two Chimneys in Uddingston and the Lawburn in Cambuslang, said: “I feel very honoured to have been selected by the committee to take up this important post and have already identified areas that I believe I can make a valued and lasting impact.
“My chief priority will be to increase the current membership. The SLTA is a national, not-for-profit organisation that relies solely on support from the trade to function. It’s only as strong as the number of members it retains.
“The SLTA is well governed and has a commanding voice in Holyrood, which has enabled it to successfully effect positive change to the benefit of the industry in Scotland as a whole. We have the ability to be even more effectual but only if members of the Scottish licensed trade become members of the SLTA.”
Campbell was previously managing director at Forth Wines, which was bought by Inverarity Morton last year, for 10 years until 2009.