Portman Group CE John Timothy

Alcohol industry watchdog The Portman Group has appointed John Timothy as its new chief executive.

Timothy previously held a number of senior communications and public affairs roles at Tesco. He will replace Henry Ashworth, who stepped down in December 2016 to lead the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, on 19 June.

“I am delighted to be joining The Portman Group - a highly respected regulator and a leader in industry social responsibility,” said Timothy. “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.”