The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has appointed David Sheen as director of policy and research.

He joins the ALMR after 12 years at the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), most recently as policy manager responsible for business rates and rating, VAT, the economic contribution of the sector, employment, alcohol taxation, exports, and environmental regulation.

Working in partnership with the ALMR he has played a leading role in highlighting the unfair burden Britain’s pubs face from business rates.

Sheen’s arrival follows the departure of public affairs executive Michael Clarke, who has left to take up a position at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “David has a wealth of experience across policy and research, with a knowledge base borne of more than a decade in the hospitality and beverage sector. The ALMR continues to grow – we gained 50 new members in the pubs and casual dining sector in 2016 and also started recruiting coffee chains. Our capacity must reflect that growth. David will be a great asset as we stand up for the interests of our members’ outlets, which number more than 23,000.”

Sheen said: “I have worked with talented colleagues on many successful policy campaigns but the opportunity to join the ALMR in this fantastic role in a period of growing membership and influence feels right for me. I wish my BBPA colleagues all the best for the future and look forward to working alongside them on issues of shared interest.”