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ACS chairman role for Jonathan James

Jonathon James

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James has been appointed chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores. He will chair the organisation from November 2011 to November 2013. ***See the Video Interview

An independent retailer based in Cambridgeshire and operating both forecourts and standalone convenience stores, Jonathan James is a widely respected figure in the fuel retailing and convenience industry and has been vice chairman of ACS since 2007.

Neil Turton, chief executive of Nisa-Todays, will step down as chairman after completing his two-year tenure in the post, and will become vice chairman. Tim Hurrell, chief executive – Food, for the Co-operative, remains deputy vice chairman.

Jonathan James said: “I am thrilled to take up the role of ACS chairman. Having been closely involved with ACS, I have seen the outstanding work that the organisation does for the industry. We need a powerful, professional and responsible voice within government, and ACS provides that. I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with our dynamic board and a high-performing executive team to make ACS even more successful in the future.”

Neil Turton said: “It has been an honour to chair ACS for the past two years. We have become an even more effective lobby group over that period, and I am proud of the progress we have made. I am also delighted to be able to continue to support Jonathan and ACS from the post of vice chairman. Throughout my time in the chair, I have received 100% commitment and support from the whole board, and I know that Jonathan can count on the same as he leads us forward.”

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The ACS team are delighted to be working with Jonathan as chairman. He has been an unwavering supporter of our work for a number of years, and is unrivalled among retailers as an advocate for the sector in Government and the media.”