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Neville Moore is appointed new chair at AIS

Chloe Burney
28 November 2022

AIS, one of the UK's leading buying and services group for fashion and leisure, has announced the appointment of Neville Moore as its new Chairman.

Moore has over 40 years of experience at the family-owned retail group Ulster Stores, where he is currently Managing Director. Ulster Stores is the parent company of a collection of four independent flagship department stores, including Moores of Coleraine and The White House in Portrush.

Moore said: “There has never been a better time to be independent, to differentiate what we do, and offer our customers an exciting alternative to much of the current retail landscape.

“Independents working together was why we joined AIS some 35 years ago and it's still one of the reasons we are members today. If we have been successful then I can put a fair amount of that down to belonging to AIS we have learnt much from our peers and gained from the buying strength and support functions.”

This news follows Darryl Simpson’s appointment as Deputy Chair of AIS. Simpson is the Managing Director of W J Aldiss, a department store founded in 1892 by the Aldiss family.

Sue Kemp, Managing Director since 2020, commented: “AIS is a wonderful organisation for independent retail and is committed to ensuring Members thrive; both Stephen and Neville represent what’s brilliant about this sector – creativity, commercial acumen, and entrepreneurialism - all working together for mutual success. I thank Stephen for his enthusiasm and commitment and look forward to working with Neville and Darryl in driving our strategy for our members.”

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