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Portman Group chair to depart

The chairman of UK alcohol watchdog the Portman Group, Sir Martin Narey, will step down at the end of November.

Sir Martin Narey has been chair of the Portman Group for six years

Narey will leave the position on 29 November after six years as chair. A replacement chair has not yet been announced.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years chairing the Portman Group working with two excellent chief executives.

“I am proud of what has been achieved, not least in removing from the market some products which were irresponsible and inappropriate.

“I continue to believe that when consumed sensibly, alcohol brings great pleasure to social life in the UK. However, alcohol misuse can also damage people’s lives and harm their families, and the industry needs to do more to address those harms.”

Narey was praised for his contributions towards improving the Code of Practice and helping the Portman Group continue to be the “global leader in effective self-regulation”.

John Timothy, chief executive of the Portman Group, said: “I want to thank Sir Martin for his hard work and dedication to the Portman Group over the last six years.

“Martin has been an exceptional chair, showing tremendous commitment to the role and helping drive up standards of social responsibility. He steps down with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.”

Earlier this year, the Portman Group called for alcohol producers to include the chief medical officers’ 14-unit drinking guidelines on labels.

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