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Shake-up at Bargain Booze parent board

Published:  06 January, 2014

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has appointed David Adams as chairman of its board.

Adams, who has been a non-executive director for the firm since July 2013, replaces Roger Pedder from January 31. Pedder steps down after eight years.

 Adams has served on the boards of a number of high profile listed companies in the past, including Jessops, Burton and House of Fraser.

Conviviality, which operates 611 franchised off-licence and convenience stores, has also appointed Martin Newman and Steve Wilson as new non-executive directors.

Newman has over 25 years of experience in multi-channel retail and has worked with Harrods, Burberry, Intersport and Ted Baker among other large retailers. Martin heads up Practicology Limited, an eCommerce consultancy that works with a number of household names in the retail sector. He will chair the remuneration committee.

Wilson is group finance director of Headlam Group and has been on its board since 199. He also served on Synergy Health's board for eight years between 2002 and 2010. He will chair the audit committee.

Conviviality chief executive Diana Hunter said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger for his stewardship of the business over the past eight years and wish him all the best. I would also like to welcome both Martin and Steve to the Board, who along with David as chairman will work with me to shape Conviviality for the future. "

Conviviality's stores are located throughout England and Wales and operate under six fascias including Bargain Booze, Bargain Booze Select Convenience and Thorougoods.

Conviviality Retail bought the 22-strong retailer Wine Rack in August 2013.

The Bargain Booze fascia was launched in 1988 and is the most prominent brand used by the company. Today there are 444 Bargain Booze and Bargain Booze Plus branded stores.