FWD appoints deputy director general

James Bielby, currently editor of Retail Express, will join the FWD as deputy director general on March 2.
FWD director general John Murphy said: “This is an important step in the Federation’s affairs and we are delighted to have recruited such a well qualified person as James.
“As well as having a successful record in journalism, he is passionate about politics and legislation and has actively lobbied on behalf of the independent retail channel. Added to this, he has been in day-to-day contact with the decision makers in our industry and has a profile that enjoys wide visibility.”
Bielby joined Retail Express in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005 where he established a track record of success.
Before embarking on his journalistic career, he took an English Literature degree at Cardiff University, and did a diploma in journalism at Highbury College, Portsmouth.
Aged 34, he is married and has two young daughters.

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