Camra elects second new chairman in two years

Nik Antona has been elected to the post of chairman at the Campaign for Real Ale at a meeting of the organisation’s national executive.

He is due to take office in April following Camra’s members' weekend, AGM and conference, to be held in Dundee this year.

He takes over the position from Jackie Parker, who is standing down after a year in the role.

Antona said: "I'm delighted and honoured by the confidence my National Executive colleagues have shown in me. Jackie has been a strong leader for the organisation and I'm keen to carry on where she will leave off: making sure Camra is effective in its national campaigns, especially in seeking much-needed reform of the Pubs Code, calling for a review of business rates on pubs, and campaigning to get a reduction in beer tax on pints served in pubs.”

Parker, the organisation’s former vice-chairman, was elected in December 2017 and took over the role in April 2018. Her predecessor, Colin Valentine, held the position for seven years.

She said: "It's with great sadness that I choose to step down as chairman of Camra. I believe it's healthy for an organisation to refresh its leadership regularly, and now is the time to step aside and give someone else the opportunity to lead."

Founded in 1971, Camra is a democratic not-for-profit voluntary organisation with some 200,000 members nationwide. Its directors are unpaid.

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