Portman seeks new complaints panel chair

25 June, 2012

The Portman Group is looking for a new chair for its independent complaints panel, which rules on complaints about irresponsible alcohol marketing.

The successful candidate will oversee a panel of eight independent members who decide whether the name, packaging or promotion of an alcoholic drink is in line with the group’s code of practice on responsibility rules. Complaints can be raised by members of the public or other interested parties.

The new chair is to take over from Sir Richard Tilt, former director of the prison service, who is stepping down at the end of December after six years in the post. Previous chairs include former banking ombudsman Laurence Shurman and former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Condon.

Portman Group chief executive Henry Ashworth said: “This role is fundamental to the effective and respected operation of the self-regulatory system that governs the responsible alcohol marketing in the UK. The panel makes the final decision on whether a product name, promotion or packaging has breached responsibility rules.”

The post is being advertised nationally and applications must be in by July 16. It is an open competition with the only restriction that candidates must be independent of the drinks industry. The successful candidate will get an honorarium of £12,000 per year.




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