Bob Walton, proprietor of Trunkwell Mansion House in Reading, has been appointed chairman of the Restaurant Association.
Walton, previously vice-chairman, succeeds David Baldwin, proprietor of Baldwin's Omega in Sheffield, who has held the post for the past two years.
The new vice-chairman is The Earl of Bradford, proprietor of Porter's Restaurant, London.
The Restaurant Association has been part of the British Hospitality Association, since a merger was agreed in 2003.
It celebrated its 40th anniversary at Langan's Brasserie in London last Thursday (8 November).
By Daniel Thomas
E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas here.