The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has announced that its deputy CEO and communications director, Michael Weedon, will leave the organisation next month after more than 30 years.

The group said the change comes as it undergoes a “profound structural change”, to adapt to the pressures that publishing, retail and the association have faced in recent years.

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Bira said in a statement: “Michael has delivered many benefits to the association over three decades with multiple skills in writing, management, publishing, IT, research, public relations, political lobbying and media coverage.” 

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Commenting on the departure, bira group CEO Alan Hawkins paid tribute to Weedon’s “unfailing work ethic” and thanked him for his “significant contribution” to the group’s development.

He added that the parting was marked by “mutual regard and mutual regret.”