New CEO announced for ALMR

Nick BishThe Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), which represents Britain’s pubs, bars and clubs, has announced that David McHattie is to take over as chief executive.

He will replace Nick Bish (pictured) who established the association 22 years ago. Nick will continue to work with the ALMR in a senior part-time capacity on its board.

David has held senior operations roles at some of the UK’s best-known bar, pub and restaurant operators. He was operations director of The Restaurant Group and Fuller’s and an operations manager at Mitchells & Butlers. He now owns the Devonshire Arms pub and hotel in Baslow, Derbyshire.

He will be joining from developing the Hospitality Benchmark brand, which measures hospitality businesses for service, which is endorsed by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality.

David was also chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and then chief operating officer of People 1st.

He will formally take up his new position at the ALMR’s annual general meeting on May 8.

The ALMR has grown to represent 126 pub, bar and club operators nationwide with a total of around 13,500 outlets and 350,000 employees. Last year, the ALMR merged with trade body BEDA, formerly Noctis, which has become the late-night bar and club section of the association.

David said: “Building on the strong legacy left by Nick Bish, I am looking forward to playing my part in promoting our industry and securing support for our businesses. ALMR members play a vital role in developing talent, creating jobs and adding huge value to both society and the exchequer.”

Nick added: “I have been privileged to be part of ALMR since its foundation and growing it to the substantial and influential trade body it is today. David brings with him the vital skills and expertise to ensure that ALMR remains indispensable to our industry and I look forward to supporting him in his new role.”

ALMR chairman Steve Richards, who is chief executive of late-night bar operator Novus Leisure, said: “David joins us at an important stage in the ALMR’s history. David has the breadth of experience and drive necessary to ensure that ALMR works in dynamic partnership with its members to show the vital contribution our sector makes in delivering jobs and growth across the country.

“We will also continue to benefit from Nick Bish’s experience and support through his advisory part time role on the ALMR board.”

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