Paul Hagon of Palmer and Harvey has been appointed chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), replacing independent retailer Jonathan James.

Patrick Sewell will replace Nisa chief executive Neil Turton as vice chairman. Sewell is managing director of North East c-store and fuel operator Sewell On the Go.

Hagon and Sewell will take on their roles on November 1, replacing the incumbent duo after three years in their posts.

Hagon, who is group strategy and development director for P&H, said: “I would like to thank Jonathan James and Neil Turton for their unwavering commitment to ACS over the last three years.

“Under their leadership, ACS has become even more relevant and respected in government and the industry through initiatives like the Local Shop Report and Voice of Local Shops survey, ACS is engaging with more retailers, and has seen a continued growth in the number of stores we represent.

“I am excited about taking on the chairmanship of ACS and working with the executive team to continue the great work that the organisation does in the core areas of lobbying, advice and networking to bring the convenience sector together under a common cause.”

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul and Patrick to their respective positions on the ACS management board. Their experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow and offer more value to the sector.”