UK trade body the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has appointed a new chief executive.

David McHattie will succeed outgoing CEO Nick Bish at its AGM next month, the group, which primarily represents small UK pub and bar operators, announced today (11 April). McHattie has served as CEO of the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and worked for Fuller Smith & Turner and Mitchells & Butlers.

Bish, who helped establish the ALMR 21 years ago, said: “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.” Bish will continue to work with the ALMR as a part-time board member.

Diageo, Carlsberg and Coca-Cola Enterprises are among the ALMR's secondary “supplier” members. The group has around 150 full members, operating a total of 13,000 UK on-trade outlets.