HIM research & consulting has appointed former Forecourt Trader of the Year Jonathan James as associate consultant with immediate effect.

Jonathan, who runs stores under both the Budgens and Spar fascias, and is currently in the process of selling two of his four forecourts in the Cambridgeshire area, has been employed for his vast practical retail experience which fits with HIM’s aim to turn research and insight into action for its clients.

Tom Fender, managing director of HIM, said: “Jonathan’s experience and knowledge will be an invaluable asset to our clients and partners, as increasingly the focus is being put firmly on shopper insights and retail execution in convenience channel.”

Jonathan said: “I am extremely excited to be joining such a wonderful team, and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with HIM and its clients as part of my new role.”