Portman Group names new CEO

John Timothy

The Portman group, the UK alcohol industry’s social responsibility body, has appointed John Timothy (pictured) as Chief Executive, effective from June 19, 2017.

Timothy joins the Portman Group at a time when drinks companies are strengthening their efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms, through robust self-regulation of alcohol marketing and with effective local partnerships that help create safe and vibrant night time economies. Official statistics show notable declines in alcohol misuse in the last decade and the Portman Group’s members are committed to supporting this positive progress.

He joins after 10 years at Tesco where he held several senior roles in communications and public affairs, working across the UK, Brussels and international operations.

Timothy replaces Henry Ashworth, who stepped down in December 2016 to take up the post of President of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Sir Martin Narey, Chairman of the Portman Group, said: “I am delighted that John is joining us as we look to strengthen our efforts to tackle alcohol-related harms and foster a balanced understanding of alcohol in our society. The Portman Group’s members have led the way on alcohol responsibility and I’m confident that John’s experience and leadership will make an important contribution as we seek to build on the significant progress made in recent years.”

John Timothy added: “I am delighted to be joining The Portman Group – a highly respected regulator and a leader in industry social responsibility. It is clear to me that the industry’s approach is having a positive impact with falling levels of alcohol misuse across the UK. We will strive to ensure that continues to be the case and I look forward to working closely with Portman Group members, and partners from all sectors, to help support these positive cultural changes and to tackle alcohol-related harms.”