John Sands has resigned from London Town as non-executive chairman and director with immediate effect. Ian Robinson, currently finance director, has taken the role of executive chairman. In December last year the board of the company was reorganised following the acquisition of GRS. John Sands, previously chairman of GRS became non-executive chairman of the enlarged group. Sands has over 25 years’ experience within the brewing and licensed retailing industry at a senior level. He was responsible for the creation and development of Pubmaster, which was sold to Punch Taverns in December 2003 for £1.2bn. Under his tenure as chairman of Pubmaster he completed the group’s biggest ever purchase, with the acquisition of Inn Partnership and its estate of 1,200 pubs.