Middleditch was a board member from the inception of the Association in 1995 and was its first elected chairman - in office from 1996-1998 and presiding over a membership that grew rapidly.
Before the formation of the ACS he was chairman of the Sunday trading campaign group Open, which was instrumental in securing the six-hour restriction on opening hours for the major stores.
ACS chief executive David Rae paid tribute to Middleditch’s contribution to the organisation. “Morton played an immense role in the development of the ACS. Under his stewardship it grew terrifically. He has been a guiding figure for the association and on a personal level I have found the benefit of his experience a great help.”
Middleditch is chairman of Spar UK and chairman of the Spar Guild. He is also deputy chairman of the BRC.