The Portman is looking for a new chairperson for its independent complaints panel

The Portman is looking for a new chairperson for its independent complaints panel

The Portman Group is looking for a new chairperson for its complaints panel, which rules on irresponsible alcohol marketing in the UK.

Sir Richard Tilt, current chairman of the Independent Complaints Panel, will step down in December after six years in the post, the responsible drinking body said yesterday (25 June). The chairperson oversees a panel of eight who rule on whether the name, packaging or promotion of an alcoholic drink is in breach of the Portman Group's code of practice.

Complaints are raised by members of the public or "other interested parties".

“This role is fundamental to the effective and respected operation of the self-regulatory system that governs the responsible alcohol marketing in the UK," said Henry Ashworth, chief executive of the Portman Group.  

The post is being advertised nationally and closes on 16 July. Candidates must be independent from the drinks industry, and an honorarium of GBP12,000 (US$18,714) per annum is payable, the group said.