Seymour Fortescue

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On August 14th 2009 The Portman Group announced Seymour Fortescue as their new chairman. The former Chief Executive of the Banking Code Standards Board is the first board member appointed by the group who does not have an alcohol industry background.

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Although Fortescue is not an industry insider it is clear to see why he has been the choice for Big Alcohol to run their self-regulatory body. He has experience of preventative health issues as chief executive of the Health Education Authority and of self regulation as the former chief executive the Banking Code Standards Board. On his appointment Fortescue said:

The Portman Group is already a highly respected alcohol regulator and is a key player in addressing the adverse aspects of our drinking culture. I look forward to working closely with other groups to build a consensus around actions that promote responsible attitudes to alcohol. I firmly believe that self-regulation based on a tough code of practice that is rigorously monitored and enforced is the right way forward. [1]

Past and present positions




  1. Portman Group Press Release New Portman Group Chairman accessed 20th August 2009
  2. Commercial Landlords Accreditation Scheme Board Members accessed 20th August 2009