Top Tesco lobbyist on the move

Written by Rod Muir on 25 April 2017 in News

John Timothy takes chief executive job at the Portman Group.

Tesco’s top international lobbyist is quitting the supermarket giant to oversee the alcohol industry body promoting responsible drinking.

John Timothy has been named as the new chief executive of the Portman Group. He will make the switch in June after ten years at Tesco, where he has held a number of senior roles in communications and public affairs.

The senior Tesco lobbyist is the brother of Theresa May's joint chief of staff, Nick Timothy. He is currently head of EU and international relations at the supermarket giant, having previously been its head of UK government relations from 2013 to 2016. He started his career in 2004 as a political researcher to former Conservative MP Anne McIntosh.

The Portman Group was established in 1989 by the UK's leading alcohol producers and acts as the main social responsibility body for the industry.

The group’s chairman Sir Martin Narey said it was currently looking “to strengthen our efforts to tackle alcohol-related harms and foster a balanced understanding of alcohol in our society”.

He added: “The Portman Group’s members have led the way on alcohol responsibility and I’m confident that John’s experience and leadership will make an important contribution as we seek to build on the significant progress made in recent years.”

Timothy replaces Henry Ashworth, who stepped down in December 2016 to take up the post of President of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.


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