Helen Lyons and David Rees join SLR team

Helen Lyons and David Rees

SLR is delighted to announce significant investment in its commercial and editorial teams with the appointment of two of the best-known and most experienced convenience retailing experts in the industry.

Helen Lyons has been named Sales & Marketing Director of SLR publisher 55 North while David Rees joins to head up the company’s editorial team, with direct responsibility for its client publishing division as well as SLR.

Helen Lyons is the former Publishing Director of Independent Retail News (IRN) and TalkingRetail.com. She also managed the Retail Industry Awards and the Quality Food Awards at Emap.

David Rees worked at William Reed Business Media for 20 years, spending the last 15 years as Editor of Convenience Store magazine before the magazine was taken online last year.

Together, Helen and David have around 50 years’ experience in the local retailing industry and bring unrivalled expertise to SLR.

55 North Publishing Director Antony Begley commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring Helen and David onto the SLR team. We are justifiably excited about the future and firmly believe that we could not have secured two better calibre individuals than Helen and David. I have known both for almost 20 years and to finally be working alongside them is a privilege and a pleasure.

“We have made enormous strides on the SLR portfolio of products over the last year, particularly with the highly successful launch of our new digital title, The Week In Retail, and we look forward to developing our portfolio in the coming weeks and months with Helen and David’s invaluable support.”