James Lowman has been CEO of the Association of British Convenience Stores (ABCS) since 2006, having joined the union in 1997. The ABCS represents over 33,500 local shops through lobbying, advice schemes and providing networking opportunities. In his role, Lowman has led on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme informing the associations policy work and launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council. Lowman has also created a new and unique events programme and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He is a member of advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. Reddish also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force.