SGF names new Junior Vice-President

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Scottish Grocers’ Federation has announced that Graham Watson has been appointed as its new Junior Vice-President.

Watson is an award-winning retailer from Moniaive, in Dumfries and Galloway, whose store has gained a reputation for being close to its customer. The proposal was approved unanimously by the SGF National Executive.

The appointment places Watson in a line of succession with Craig Brown, the current Vice-President, and the current President Dan Brown.

Craig Brown will become President when Dan Brown steps down in October of this year. The new appointment means that Watson will become President when Craig Brown’s term of office ends in 2024.

Graham Watson said: “I am honoured that my colleagues on the National Executive have shown such a high degree of confidence in me. Taking on this role is a bit of a daunting prospect but it is one which I am looking forward to immensely.

“The next few years will undoubtedly be amongst the most challenging our industry has ever faced and the crucial role SGF plays in supporting its members has never been more important. A key focus for me will be to help retailers connect with each other and to ensure convenience stores are genuinely at the heart of their communities.”

SGF Chief Executive, Pete Cheema, added: “This appointment is a key part of our long-term succession planning and ensures continuity and stability at the very top of SGF. Graham’s experience and his passion for community retailing are huge assets to the Federation and I am delighted that the National Executive has made this appointment.

“Additionally, this new appointment means that the current presidential team is one of the strongest we have ever had and will ensure that SGF strengthens its leadership role across the industry.”