Today Jonathan James was confirmed as the next chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores. He takes over from Nisa-Today’s boss Neil Turton for a two-year term, starting in November.

His succession marks something of a departure from the likes of Turton and his predecessor, former Spar chief Jerry Marwood. But what James might be seen to lack in big-business clout, he makes up for with an abundance of hands-on shop floor expertise.

Indeed, you might argue he’s better positioned to speak for members than Turton, who – unusually – will now return to the vice chairmanship. Certainly, the fact James is not heading up a Spar or a Premier hasn’t stopped him from getting his point across in the past.

You can hear what he has to say about the challenges facing the body’s members in this short YouTube clip, posted by the ACS earlier today.