James Lowman has been named as the new chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores.

Lowman has worked at the ACS since March 1997 and is currently director of public affairs. He will take up his new role on 1 November, replacing David Rae who is retiring.

Lowman said: “My overriding intention is to tackle the difficult issues that the sector faces head on and make ACS even more visible as the champion of the convenience sector.”